Finding Your Irish Ancestors In New York City

Descendants of the Irish exodus to New York will discover that the new book, Finding Your Irish Ancestors In New York City, is a publication worthy of their proud heritage. It presents a comprehensive overview for anyone wishing to trace their Irish ancestors within New York City.

Finding Your Irish Ancestors In New York City is divided into eleven chapters and includes:
  • research strategies that can be utilized when genealogical brick walls are encountered.
  • a discussion of where the Irish lived in New York City, showing how immigrants from certain counties lived in specific neighborhoods.
  • twenty-one different record sets and publications that give the place of origin in Ireland for over 160,000 19th-century immigrants and many hundreds of thousands more in the twentieth century.
  • the most detailed listing to date of every Catholic parish that has ever existed in each of the five boroughs, including start dates for parish registers.
  • every known Catholic, public, and non-denominational cemetery that has existed in the city.
  • comprehensive lists of journal articles, websites, and other publications that will aid research and provide a wider understanding of the lives of the Irish in New York City.
Joe Buggy...has gone hand-to-hand with the many-headed hydra and has produced a book that is both a serious research guide and a highly detailed reference work...It is a tremendous achievement.
John Grenham's Irish Roots blog

Finding your Irish Ancestors in New York City earns a permanent space on the bookshelf and will not disappoint anyone trying to get to grips with, or find new ideas for tracing their Irish roots in NYC. 
Claire Santry's Irish Genealogy News

The end result, neatly packed into 165 pages, is a wonderful addition to the arsenal of those Americans trying to trace their Irish roots.
Brian Donovan (Eneclann/Irish Family History Centre and on Irish Central

An absolute gem of a guide for those who settled in the five boroughs of New York City.
Chris Paton's British GENES blog 

For myself and every other New York City Irish-American, Joseph Buggy's "Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City" is a good find indeed.
The Wild Geese historians 


  1. Just ordered my copy Joe, congratulations!

  2. Hi Joe,
    Thanks for speaking at the Irish Family History gave excellent information and were a delight to listen to. I learned so much and have recommended you on several facebook groups.
    Just wondering when your book may be published in a larger print?

  3. Joe, I enjoyed your presentation at the Irish Family History Forum. I forgot to ask you this question: what research have you been able to obtain from public schools in New York City? My grandfather enrolled my father (and his sister) in public elementary schools in lower Manhattan in 1901. After 30 years of searching for my grandfather's birthplace in Ireland, I am thinking that perhaps he gave some detailed information when he enrolled them. The NYC school system has not offered any path to research. Thanks in advance for your advice. Joseph P. Marron []

  4. Hi Joseph,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    Unfortunately, I have not, as yet, conducted any research in NYC public school records. It is a topic that I hope to address if I publish a second edition in a few years time.

    These type of records might be stored and administed at the state level: this docuemnt (p.viii) talks about policies and access for records before 1910

  5. Joe, I am trying to buy Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City through the link on your blog here but it doesn't allow me to put 'Ireland' in the address box. Only U.S. addresses. How can I get hold of it? Kay Caball,

  6. I bought your book about one year ago, Joe, and I'm using it now. Trying to find the Parish of my Lynch ancestor - found them in Ward 18 in Manhattan and trying now to identify the correct Parish (NY State Census 1855). All your work is hugely helpful!! Thanks so much. Cathy Cahill Barber

  7. Will the book be available in a Kindle edition soon?

    Thank you,


  8. Can anyone assist me. I am trying to trace my partners Grandmother Alice O'Gorman. Alice was married to my partners grandfather Matthew Shortall on 14th November 1909 in Ireland. According to the 1911 census Alice was born in New York approx 1889. Alice died in 1928 age 39. Have her death cert. Her father was Edward O'Gorman and her mother was Mary? She had a sister Mary O'Gorman. Any help welcome. Thanks Bernie

  9. Oh wow! I need to get this for my mom! This is an awesome look at some great genealogy! Very cool! I love old hotels in NYC and it's been my passion for the past 50 years to tour them before they are either renovated or taken down. funny thing is, last year I ran across a pile of old books of genealogy in the basement of a 14 story hotel around Chelsea and it had all kinds of amazing records in it that date back to the turn of the century! So fascinated by this stuff... Great blog post!

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