About Barbara

Barbara July 2014Barbara McTygue Scanlon is the the Genealogy Specialist at the Kansas City Irish Center. In addition to that role she is the Genealogy Committee Co-Chair of the Kansas City Irish Festival. Barbara was born in Lexington, Nebraska and attended grade and high school in Overton, Nebraska. A graduate of Kearney State College and was married in Kearney, Nebraska. Her work in genealogy started at age 12 with a interview of her grandfather, a single sheet of handwritten family history in her grandparents living room in Eddyville, Nebraska. The curiosity of a 12 year old grew to a life’s passion of genealogy. Barbara has learned so much about her family history in the past 5 years. Her father was 100% Irish with Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic ancestors. Her mother has three Irish lines, Roman Catholic, Irish Quaker and a new branch of Scots-Irish Presbyterians discovered in January of 2013. With Barbara’s Irish heritage and her husband Ed’s Irish roots, Irish genealogy and history grew to a labor of love.

Keep in touch with Barbara:




KC Irish Roots News (Barbara’s newsletter)

Kansas City Irish Fest

Kansas City Irish Center

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