Troy Irish Genealogy Society (TIGS)
was founded by a group of Irish descendants from Troy and the
surrounding area, who met at
the Irish Mist Restaurant on Second and
Ida Streets in Troy NY on September 18, 2003.
Before there was the Troy Irish Genealogy Society,
many Troy area researchers were connected, at least by names,
through the Rensselaer County Rootsweb mailing list. Pat Connors
from California was the Rensselaer County list administrator
and Pat made frequent visits to Troy to do research.
During one of those visits to Troy on August 20, 2002, Pat suggested
that any local members on the Rensselaer mailing list meet at
the Troy Pub and Brewery to, as Pat said at the time, "put
faces with the names".
On a subsequent visit to Troy one year later, Pat suggested
that Rensselaer County list members get together for a dinner
meeting at the Irish Mist at 2nd and Ida Streets in South Troy.
It was at this dinner meeting at the Irish Mist on September
18, 2003 that Pat made the comment "We should form a group".
The Troy Irish Genealogy Society name was selected that night
and TIGS was off and running.
Standing - Left to right:
1. The late Regina (Ginger) Atchinson
2. Donna Vaughn
3. Kay Gallagher Brearton
4. Mary Ann McConnell
5. Kris Cooney-Ayotte
Sitting - Left to right:
1. Marialice P. Mangan
2. Pat Connors
3. Lynn Carey Grice
4. Cathy McGrath
5. Bill McGrath
If your ancestors, Irish or non-Irish, lived
in Troy or the immediate surrounding area at somepoint in time,
you are cordially invited to join the Troy Irish Genealogy Society.
This group is dedicated to making genealogical and historical
records pertaining to both Irish and non-Irish ancestors available
on-line to family researchers.