BIFHS-USA | Study Group

British Isles Family History Society – U.S.A.

Irish Study Group

Leader: Jim McNamara

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The Irish Study Group of the British Isles Family History Society – U.S.A. was formed in 1994 under the leadership of Nancy Lee Bier, co-founder and former president of BIFHS–USA. The purposes of the study group are

  • to help researchers of Irish descent with their individual family histories,
  • to learn about the unique record sources of Ireland,
  • to discover more about the lives of our ancestors through the study of Irish history and culture, and
  • to acquire materials that will increase our Irish research collection.

BIFHS–USA does not maintain a separate library, but has donated its research materials to the Los Angeles Family History Library, where they may be consulted free of charge. The call number for library holdings on Ireland is 941.5.

Group Meetings

The Irish Study Group holds periodic meetings after the monthly general meetings of BIFHS–USA at the Los Angeles Family History Library located at 10741 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. Meeting dates and topics are announced in the newsletter and included in the meetings listing on this website. Any BIFHS-USA member may join the Irish Study Group with no extra fee required.

All meetings are free of charge, though members may occasionally be asked to help defray the costs of class handouts. The Irish Study Group does not charge any membership or consultation fees. Meeting attendees are free to conduct personal research in the world-renowned collection of Irish materials at the Los Angeles Family History Library. The Study Group Leader and other members will be available to consult about individual research.


  • Indexing Kilmainham Pension Records (from microfilm): A joint project of the BIFHS–USA Irish Study Group and the Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS) Gaelic Studies Group conceived by Nancy Bier. The Gaelic group extracted the information and the BIFHS-USA Irish Study Group did the data entry. The project is now in the proofreading phase. When completed, this project will provide an invaluable resource for Irish researchers.
  • Identifying EDs for locating Irish Land Revisions Records: Contact Jim McNamara for information about this project.


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