Irish-American Catholic Genealogy

Irish-American Catholic Genealogy


by Michael Brophy

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Irish-American Catholic Genealogy


On a recent tour to Ireland by a group of Americans doing genealogical research the number one regret cited in the post trip survey was that they did not do enough research in the United States on their Irish ancestors. Don't repeat their mistakes! Use the resources we have on this side of the Atlantic before you make the trip of a lifetime to the Emerald Isle. The goal of this lecture is to give you a toolkit to get you started on the road to finding a place of origin for your Irish ancestor. Irish research is challenging for a wide variety of reasons in comparison to other ethnic groups, but not impossible as some may believe.


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Presenter: Michael Brophy

Michael Brophy is a nationally known, professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He has served as Program Director and Publicity Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. He was the first Treasurer of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists. Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mike was featured on the Irish TV series Dead Money, a genealogy TV show about heir searchers. In 2010, Mr. Brophy was hired to conduct research for the NBC television program Who Do You Think You Are?, on an episode dedicated to the family history of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. He has lectured on a wide variety of genealogy subjects at the National Genealogy Society's Annual Conference in 2014, 2012 and 2011. He specializes in New England and Irish genealogy subjects. His genealogy education includes seven certificates from the Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR) and certificates in Private Investigation and Advanced Forensic Genealogy from Boston University.

Michael Brophy