Edward J. O'Day
Edward J. O'Day, Emeritus Associate Professor of History, studied Central and East European History with Leonard Lundin and Robert Byrnes at Indiana University and joined the SIU faculty in 1962. OíDay taught courses in modern European history and historical methods before retiring in 1998, but his recent research and writing focus on Ireland, Irish America, American immigration, and family history. He is a former president of the Illinois State Genealogical Society (1989-1991) and of the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois.
Professor O'Day has given papers in Belfast, Cork and Galway in Ireland, and before several groups in the United States, including the American Conference for Irish Studies, the National Genealogical Society and the Wisconsin State Sesquicentennial Family History Conference. His study of Irish immigration to New England prior to the Great Famine was published in New Perspectives on the Irish Diaspora, edited by Charles J. Fanning (Southern Illinois University Press, 2000).