Getting Help to Trace Your Irish Roots
There is an extensive and growing range of services available to those looking for their roots in Ireland. Most of those we list have an online presence, though they may not provide much, or any, actual access to information or records through their websites.
The Irish Government has identified Genealogical Tourism as a growth area. Essentially that means they are hungry for your dollar – so while many of the local centres are community based, they are designed to generate income.
Some provide excellent value, in other cases, not so much.
So before you commit yourself to spending money, make efforts to ascertain that the information you are looking for is actually something they are likely to have.
Eneclann is a company based at Trinity College in Dublin who provide a range of genealogical and historical research services. They have been very active at getting records into searchable database format and have published several CDs of records and information of interest to researchers. Their website is well worth a visit even if you don’t plan to use professional research services.
The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) is the regulating body for genealogic researchers working in Ireland and they maintain an up to date directory of members at their website. They also have a good page of advice for those considering hiring a professional.
Morrigan Research Services provide a wide range of genealogical services, including assistance for those who are looking into the possibility of claiming Irish Citizenship based on their Irish ancestors.
Irish Genealogy is an umbrella organisation working with both government and private organisations to co-ordinate the Irish Genealogical Project. They have several useful resources at their site including free searches of many records that you have to pay for elsewhere.
The Irish Family History Foundation is a voluntary network of local history centres in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Most of the local organisations and centres listed below are members of the network.
The Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) is a US based non-profit organisation. Members have access to a wide range of records and resources.
The Irish Genealogical Research Society is a UK based organisation who maintain an extensive library of Irish related material of interest to genealogists. They also publish the annual “The Irish Genealogist”.
Local History & Family History Societies in Ireland
Most counties of Ireland now have a local centre which can assist with genealogical research. Not all have websites, but an increasing number do. They are listed below by county.
|Antrim: Ulster Historical Foundation||website|
|Armagh Ancestry Online||website|
|Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre||website|
|Clare: The Lisdoonvarna Archive||website|
|Cork City Ancestral Project|
|Cork: Mallow Heritage Centre|
|Derry Genealogy Centre||website|
|Down: Ulster Historical Foundation||website|
|Donegal Ancestry Centre||website|
|Dublin: Dun Laoghaire Heritage Society|
|Dublin: Fingal Genealogy|
|Fermanagh: Irish World||website|
|East Galway Family History Society|
|Galway Family History Society West|
|Kildare History and Family Research Centre||website|
|Kilkenny Archaeological Society||website|
|Laois: Irish Midlands Ancestry||website|
|Leitrim Genealogy Centre|
|Longford Genealogy Centre||website|
|Louth County Library||website|
|Mayo North Family History Centre||website|
|South Mayo Family Research Centre||website|
|Meath Heritage and Genealogy Centre|
|Offaly: Irish Midlands Ancestry||website|
|Roscommon Heritage and Genealogy Society||website|
|Sligo Heritage and Genealogical Centre||website|
|Tipperary North Family History Research Centre||website|
|Tipperary South: Brú Ború Cultural Centre||website|
|Tipperary Family History Research||website|
|Tyrone: Irish World||website|
|Waterford Heritage Services||website|
|Westmeath: Dun na Sí Heritage Centre|
|Wexford Heritage and Genealogy Centre|
|Wicklow Family History Centre|