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O'Laughlin, Michael C., 1950-2020



Michael C. O’Laughlin was an author, genealogist, radio and podcast host, lecturer, and musician focused on Irish American heritage. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 23, 1950, O’Laughlin attended St. Pius X High School (1969) and Benedictine and Rockhurst colleges (BS, 1973) and owned O’Laughlin Press in North Kansas City. Through the Irish Genealogical Foundation, which he founded in 1978, he authored 60 books and published many by other authors, including rare book reprints. He also published the Journal of Irish Families, hosted the Irish Roots Cafe radio show, sang in the Irish Roots Cafe house band, and founded the Irish American Cultural Center in 1982. O’Laughlin participated in many celebrations of Irish culture, such as parades and festivals. For decades, he produced hundreds of lectures, CDs, videos, podcasts, and articles and led trips to Ireland to help people research their Irish heritage. O’Laughlin died on September 22, 2020, in Gladstone, Missouri, from pancreatic cancer.

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Michael C. O'Laughlin Collection

Identifier: MS-0132
Scope and Contents The Michael O'Laughlin Collection was a gift of O'Laughlin in July 2020. It consists of book reviews, correspondence, presentation notes and research, Irish Roots Café website and podcast viewership statistics, summaries and outlines of future podcast episodes, song lyrics, publications, O’Lochlainns Personal Journal of Irish Families, photographs, sheet music, and audio and video that O’Laughlin created and collected related to Irish music, genealogy, and Kansas City and Midwest cultural...
Dates: 1881 - 2020