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Need Help Tracing Your Irish Roots?

Genealogical Society Looks At Researching Irish Ancestors in NYC

With St. Patrick's Day approaching, the Westchester County Genealogical Society takes a look at researching Irish ancestry through New York City at its session set for Saturday in Dobbs Ferry.

The Westchester County Genealogical Society was organized in 1982 to bring together people interested in tracing their ancestry. Members can study methods of genealogical research and exchange information helpful in their search for family roots.

Featured at Saturday's session is Joe Buggy, a professional genealogist from Ireland who lives and works in New York City. He has experience using archives and libraries in Ireland and New York.

Buggy counts among his expertise:

  • Research for Irish-Americans tracing their ancestors in America and Ireland
  • New York City research
  • Consultation services for those going to Ireland to research their ancestry
  • Research for people outside the U.S. who are tracing ancestors that came to America
  • Locating the relevant family history documents for Irish Citizenship applications

On Saturday, Buggy says he'll focus on research strategies, underutilized records and records to find the elusive place of origin in Ireland. Buggy is also set to speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23 at Warner Library in Tarrytown, where he'll talke about "Getting Started on your Family History."

Westchester County Genealogical Society welcomes those interested in genealogy or related topics. Members range from people just beginning to organize their family trees to those possessing more than 20 years of genealogical research experience.

Monthly meetings are 10 a.m. till noon on the second Saturday of each month from September through June, at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 600 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, (across from Mercy College). The entrance is on the lower level adjacent to the parking lot.

Non-member guest donation for meeting attendance is $3.

By the way, what about the origins of the speaker's name: Buggy.

Buggy says that when he's not working with clients, one of his main genealogical interests is to conduct research on where he comes from, Paulstown, County Kilkenny, and his family name, which is Ó Bogaig in the Irish language. 

His blog, Buggy Name History, charts the origins, history, spread and contemporary developments in that name.

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