Previous Seminar: Digging Up Irish Roots

Peggy Magee
November 23, 2013
9:00AM – 3:00PM

Success in pursuing your Irish ancestors depends on what information is uncovered on this side of the pond. The morning session of the seminar will cover American records before 1800, the “Scotch-Irish”, the Irish in the American Revolution, immigration and naturalizations, and American church and vital records. These include Irish census records, civil registrations, Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe Applotment Books, Calendars of Wills and Administrations, and Diocesan and church records.


Peggy Magee is a professional genealogist listed in Who’s Who in Genealogy and Heraldry. She has over thirty years of experience doing genealogy research in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Peggy became interested in researching her family history in the 1970s when she was helping her son with a school homework assignment. A few years later, she went to Ireland to research her Irish ancestors. Shortly after that, she started taking people with her on her trips to Ireland and assisting them with their family research. Peggy has conducted historical and genealogical tours to Ireland since the 1980s. Her last trip was three years ago and included visiting historical sites around the country and several days of research at government offices and libraries in Dublin.

Peggy is the author of Tracing Your Irish Ancestor and several other genealogical books and sources. She started the Irish American Genealogy Society, and for 10 years, edited a journal on Irish, Scottish and Welsh genealogy and history called Gaelic Gleanings.

She has been a guest speaker at numerous genealogical societies and workshops. Peggy has taught genealogy at Yavapai College for over 20 years and also teaches the History of Ireland at the college.