The Irish Family History Forum is a non-profit Long Island based organization with hundreds of members, dedicated to promoting and encouraging the research and study of Irish genealogy and family history. …………………………
- 1. To promote awareness of and interest in Irish history, genealogy, family history, culture, and tradition, and foster the study thereof by conducting meetings, workshops, seminars, field trips, and educational programs.
- 2. To encourage the preservation of genealogical records and public access to civil and religious records.
- 3. To disseminate and publish genealogical and historical materials, including a newsletter, at its discretion.
- 4. To promote and adhere to the highest ethical and scholarly standards in its endeavors.
- 5. To do such other things it may elect to do to further the purposes of the Forum as set forth in its Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws.
Meetings and Events
The Forum generally hosts meetings on the third Saturday of each month (except July, August, and December).
These meetings typically feature:
- Speakers on various genealogy and Irish cultural topics
- Genealogy Education Sessions with our education chairperson
- Opportunities to ask one-on-one questions of our “experts”
- Refreshment break to meet and socialize with other members
Occasionally we present a “Show and Tell” session with members sharing their genealogy experiences, ideas, and finds.
We also organize various museum, cemetery, and historical tours, and an annual Christmas Luncheon.
Genealogy Tips & Tricks
Education chairperson, Kathleen McGee, shares research tips for both new and experienced genealogists.
Meet and socialize with other members.
Ask the Experts
This is an opportunity to meet one-on-one with an experienced genealogist to ask a basic genealogy question.
Most months we present professional speakers on various topics of interest to our members.
Check our Calendar for information about upcoming meetings and events.
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Our award winning- newsletter, published quarterly, features articles on such topics as Irish genealogy resources, repositories, websites, members’ research experiences, occupations and traditions of our Irish ancestors, Irish and Irish American history, research tips, and recommended books.
Our Website, offers access to our:
- interactive Libraryindex
- Blog with information on current topics of interest
- list of useful genealogy Links.
In addition, IFHF members have access to our:
- Surname Database to identify and exchange information on ancestral names and locations of common interest
- Discussion Board to facilitate discussion on various topics of interest
- Meeting Handouts from previous meetings
- Archive of back copies of the Newsletter
- Irish Genealogy Research Guide,
The Forum’s John Rowane Memorial Library is housed at the LDS Family History Center in Plainview, NY. The library materials include over 500 items including: books, journals, newsletters, audio and video tapes, CDs, pamphlets, reference materials, etc. of general and Irish-related genealogical significance. There are volunteers available at the FHC to assist with research. Members may borrow most materials at the library or on request can be picked up at one of our meetings at the Bethpage Library.
In addition to our collection in the FHC, members can use our Irish research collection in the reference room at the Bethpage Public Library.
Our library collection is indexed and can be accessed at Library
- Welcome Guide,
- Newsletter subscription,
- Access to the Member Resources section of our website
- Library access
- Participation in trips, tours, social events
- Much more.
Membership in the Irish Family History Forum is available as follows:
- Individual $25
- Family, $35
Donations: The Forum works to preserve and make available physical and electronic resources, via both the internet and the Forum’s library of physical materials housed at the LDS Family History Center in Plainview, NY. You can help us by donating.
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