Sources For Tracing Your Ancestors In Ireland

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There are many very useful books on Irish genealogical research.

Among these are:

Tracing your Irish Ancestors by John Grenham (Dublin 1992, revised editions 1999, 2006)

Tracing Irish Ancestors by Máire Mac Conghail and Paul Gorry (Glasgow 1997)

Irish Records: Sources for Family and Local History by James Ryan (Dublin 1988, revised edition 1998)

Tracing Your Ancestors in Northern Ireland: a guide to ancestry research in the Public

Record Office of Northern Ireland by Ian Maxwell (London 1997)

Researching Armagh Ancestors by Ian Maxwell (Belfast 2000)

Tracing Your Cork Ancestors by Tony McCarthy & Tim Cadogan (Dublin 1998)

Tracing Your Donegal Ancestors by Helen Meehan & Godfrey Duffy (Dublin 2008)

Researching Down Ancestors by Ian Maxwell (Belfast 2004)

Tracing Your Dublin Ancestors by James G. Ryan & Brian Smith (Dublin 1998, revised edition 2009)

Tracing Your Kerry Ancestors by Michael H. O’Connor (Dublin 1994)

Tracing Your Limerick Ancestors by Margaret Franklin (Dublin 2003)

Tracing Your Mayo Ancestors by Brian Smith (Dublin 1994)

Tracing Your Roscommon Ancestors by John Hamrock (Dublin 2008)

Irish Church Records edited by James G. Ryan (Dublin 1992)

Irish Methodists – Where Do I Start? by Steven C. ffeary-Smyrl (Dublin 2000)

Dictionary of Dublin Dissent – Dublin’s Protestant Dissenting Meeting Houses 1660-1920 by Steven C. Smyrl (Dublin 2009)

The Jews in Ireland; from earliest times to the year 1910 by Louis Hyman (Shannon 1972)

Irish Civil Registration – Where do I Start? by Eileen Ó Dúill & Steven C. ffeary-Smyrl (Dublin, 2000)

Eneclann (www.eneclann.ie) publishes CD, DVD and on-line databases of Irish

genealogical sources.

The Exploring Family Origins booklet series by Noel Farrell (www. exploringfamilyorigins.com) provides extracts and transcripts from various genealogical sources for over thirty of the larger Irish towns.

Irish Roots (www.irishrootsmedia.com) is a quarterly magazine and the only commercially produced periodical on Irish genealogy currently being published anywhere in the world.

 

NATIONAL REPOSITORIES:

General Register Office Research Room
Floor 3, Block 7
Irish Life Centre
Lower Abbey Street
Dublin 1
Web: www.groireland.ie

General Register Office for Northern Ireland
Oxford House
49-55 Chichester Street
Belfast BTI 4HL
Tel: +44(0)28 90 252000
Web: www.groni.gov.uk/about-us
Advance appointment is necessary for
research facility.

National Archives of Ireland
Bishop Street
Dublin 8
Tel: + 353(0)1 4072300
Email: mail@nationalarchives.ie
Web: www.nationalarchives.ie

National Library of Ireland
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
Tel: + 353(0)1 6030200
Email: info@nli.ie
Web: www.nli.ie

Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland
Church House
Fisherwick Place
Belfast BT1 6DW
Tel: +44(0)28 90322284
Email: phsilibrarian@pcinet.org

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
Tel: +44(0)28 9025 5905
Email: proni@dcalni.gov.uk
Web: www.proni.gov.uk
Please check PRONI website for
details of their location

Registry of Deeds
Henrietta Street
Dublin 1
Tel: +353(0)1 8048417
Web: www.landregistry.ie

Representative Church Body Library
Braemor Park
Churchtown
Dublin 14
Tel: +353 (0)1 4923979
Email: library@ireland.anglican.org
Web: www.ireland.anglican.org

Valuation Office
Irish Life Centre
Lower Abbey Street
Dublin 1
Tel: +353 (0)1 8171000
Email: info@valoff.ie
Web: www.valoff.ie

REGIONAL REPOSITORIES:

It is advisable to make an advance appointment to view sources in most of the following repositories:

Antrim & Down
Belfast Central Library
Belfast, Ulster & Irish studies
126 Royal Avenue
Belfast
County Antrim
BT1 1EA
Telephone: +44(0)28 9050 9100
Email: buis.belb@librariesni.org.uk

Armagh Public Library
43 Abbey Street
Armagh BT61 7DY
Tel: +44(0)28 37 523142
Email:
admin@armaghpubliclibrary.co.uk

Carlow County Library
Tullow Street
Carlow
Tel: +353 (0)59 9170094
Email: library@carlowcoco.ie
Cavan County Library & Archives
Farnham Centre
Farnham Street
Cavan
Tel: +353(0)49 4378500
Email: library@cavancoco.ie
Email: archives@cavancoco.ie

Clare County Library
The Manse
Harmony Row
Ennis
Co. Clare
Tel: +353(0)65 6846271
Email: mailbox@clarelibrary.ie

Cork City & County Archives
33a Great William O’Brien Street
Blackpool
Cork
Tel: +353(0)21 4505876
Email: archivist@corkcity.ie
Cork City Libraries
57-61 Grand Parade
Cork
Tel: 353(0)21 4924900
Email: libraries@corkcity.ie

Cork County Library
Carrigrohane Road
Cork
Tel: +353 (0)21 4546499
Email: corkcountylibrary@corkcoco.ie

Derry Central Library
35 Foyle Street
Derry BT48 6AL
Tel: +44(0)28 71272300
Email: derrycentrallibrary@librariesni.
org.uk

Donegal Central Library
Oliver Plunkett Road
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal
Tel: +353(0)74 9124950
Email: central@donegallibrary.ie
Down – see Antrim

Dublin City Library & Archives
138-144 Pearse Street
Dublin 2
Tel: +353(0)1 6744999
Email: dublinstudies@dublincity.ie

Dublin South County Library
Library Square
Tallaght
Dublin 24
Tel: +353(0)1 4620073
Email: talib@sdublincoco.ie

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown Area
Dún Laoghaire Library
Lower Georges Street
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
Tel: +353(0)1 2801147
Email: localhistory@dlrcoco.ie

Fingal Local Studies & Archives
Clonmel House
Forster Way
Swords
Co. Dublin
Tel: +353 (0)1 8704495
Email: local.studies@fingalcoco.ie

Fermanagh
Enniskillen Library
Halls Lane
Enniskillen
Co. Fermanagh BT74 7DR
Tel: +44(0)28 66322886
Email:
enniskillenlibrary@librariesni.org.uk

Galway County Library
Island House
Cathedral Square
Galway
Tel: +353(0)91 562471
Email: info@galwaylibrary.ie

Kerry Library
Moyderwell
Tralee
Co. Kerry
Tel:.+353(0)66 7121200
Email: info@kerrycolib.ie

Kildare Library & Arts Service
Riverbank Arts Centre
Main Street
Newbridge
Co. Kildare
Tel: +353(0)45 431109
Email: colibrary@kildarecoco.ie

Kilkenny County Library
John’s Green House
John’s Green
Kilkenny
Tel: +353(0)56 7794160
Email: info@kilkennylibrary.ie

Laois County Library
J.F.L. Avenue
Portlaiose
Co. Laois
Tel: +353 (0)57 8674315
Email: laoislibrary@laoiscoco.ie

Leitrim County Library
Main Street
Ballinamore
Co. Leitrim
Tel: +353(0)71 9645582
Email: leitrimlibrary@leitrimcoco.ie

Limerick County Library
Lissanalta House
Dooradoyle Road
Limerick
Tel: +353(0)61 496526
Email: libinfo@limerickcoco.ie

Longford County Library
Town Centre, Longford
Tel:+353(0)43 3341124
Email library@longfordcoco.ie

Louth County Library
Roden Place
Dundalk
Co. Louth
Tel: +353(0)42 9335457
Email: libraryhelpdesk@louthcoco.ie

Mayo Central Library
John Moore Rd
Castlebar
Co. Mayo
Ireland
Tel: +353(0)94 9047922
Email: librarymayo@mayococo.ie

Meath County Library
Railway Street
Navan
Co. Meath
Tel: +353(0)46 9021134
Email: colibrarian@meathcoco.ie

Monaghan County Library
98th Avenue, Clones
Co. Monaghan
Tel: +353(0)47 51143
Email: clennon@monaghancoco.ie

Offaly County Library
O’Connor Square
Tullamore
Co. Offaly
Tel: +353(0)57 9346832
Email: libraryhq@offalycoco.ie

Roscommon County Library
Abbey Street
Roscommon
Tel. + 353 (0)90 6637275
Email: roslib@roscommoncoco.ie

Sligo Reference & Local Studies
Library
Westward Town Centre
Bridge Street
Sligo
Tel: +353(0)71 9111858
Email: sligolib@sligococo.ie

Tipperary Studies
Source Library
Cathedral Street
Thurles
Co. Tipperary
Tel: +353 (0)504 29278
Email: studies@tipperarylibraries.ie

Tyrone
Omagh Library,
1 Spillars Place
Irishtown Road
Omagh
Co. Tyrone BT 78 1HL
Tel: +44(0)28 82244821
Email: omaghlibrary@librariesni.org.uk

Waterford County Local Studies &
Archives
Dungarvan Central Library
Davitt’s Quay
Dungarvan
Co. Waterford
Tel +353(0)58 41231
Email:
dungarvanlibrary@waterfordcoco.ie

Westmeath County Library
Local Studies Department
Mullingar Library
County Buildings
Mount Street
Mullingar
Co. Westmeath
Tel: +353(0)44 933 2161
Email: mgarlib@westmeathcoco.ie

Westmeath County Library
Local Studies Department
Athlone Civic Offices
Church Avenue
Athlone
Co. Westmeath
Tel: +353 (0)90 6442157
Email: athlib@westmeathcoco.ie

Wexford Library
McCauley’s Car Park
Off Redmond Square
Wexford
Tel: +353(0)53 9121637
Email: wexfordlib@wexfordcoco.ie

Wicklow County Library
Boghall Road
Bray
Co. Wicklow
Tel: +353(0) 1 272 3205
Email: library@wicklowcoco.ie

 

OTHER USEFUL ADDRESSES:

Association of Professional
Genealogists in Ireland (APGI)
30 Harlech Crescent
Clonskeagh
Dublin 14
Email: info@apgi.ie
Web: www.agpi.ie

Association of Ulster Genealogists
and Record Agents (AUGRA)
Glen Cottage
Glenmachan Road
Belfast BT4 2NP
Email: secretary@augra.com
Web: www.augra.com

Centre for Migration Studies
Ulster American Folk Park
Mellon Rd
Castletown
Omagh
Co. Tyrone BT78 5QY
Tel: +44(0)28 8225 6315
Email: cms@librariesni.org.uk

Clans of Ireland
3 Cherry Park
Newcastle
Galway
Email: info@clansofireland.ie
Web: www.clansofireland.ie

Council of Irish Genealogical
Organisations (CIGO)
31a All Saints Road
Raheny
Dublin 6
Email: info@cigo.ie
Web: www.cigo.ie

Genealogical Society of Ireland
11 Desmond Avenue
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
Email: eolas@familyhistory.ie
Web: www.familyhistory.ie
Irish Family History Society
P.O. Box 36
Naas
Co. Kildare
Email: ifhs@eircom.net
Web: www.ifhs.ie

Irish Jewish Genealogical Society &
Family History Centre
Irish Jewish Museum
3 Walworth Road
Portobello
Dublin 8
Email: masterc@medianet.ie
Web: www.jewishireland.org/
genealogy

Irish Genealogical Research Society
Church of St Magnus the Martyr
Lower Thames Street
London EC3 6DN
Email: info@igrsoc.org
Web: www.igrsoc.org

Huguenot Society of Great Britain
& Ireland
Irish section
C/o Mrs Elizabeth Bicker,
Honorary Secretary
Echo Hall
Spa
Co. Down BT24 8PT
Email: EchoHall@aol.com

Irish Roots Magazine
Blackrock
Blessington
Co. Wicklow
Email: editor@irishrootsmagazine.com
Web: www.irishrootsmedia.com

Irish Palatine Association
Old Railway Buildings
Rathkeale
Co. Limerick
Email: info@irishpalatines.org
Web: www.irishpalatines.org

Linen Hall Library
27 Donegall Square North
Belfast BT1 5GB
Tel: +44(0)28 90321707
Email: info@linenhall.com

North of Ireland Family History
Society
C/o School of Education
69 University Street
Belfast BT7 1HL
Email: nquire@nifhs.org
Web: www.nifhs.org

Society of Friends (Quakers) in Ireland
Quaker House
Stocking Lane
Dublin 16
Email: office@quakers-in-ireland.ie
Web: www.quakers-in-ireland.ie

Society of Genealogists Northern
Ireland (SGNI)
Email: secretary@sgni.net
Web: www.sgni.net

Wesley Historical Society
Methodist Study Centre
Edgehill College
9 Lennoxvale
Belfast BT9 5BY
Tel: +44 (0)77 1511 2655
Web: www.edgehillcollege.org/library

 

COUNTY GENEALOGY CENTRES:

It is advisable to make an advance appointment with most of the following centres:
Antrim & Down
Ulster Historical Foundation
Unit 7, Cotton Court,
Waring Street
Belfast BT1 2ED
Tel: +44 (0)28 90332288
Email: enquiry@uhf.org.uk

Armagh Ancestry
38A English St
Armagh BT61 7BA
Tel: +44(0)28 3752 1800
Email: researcher@armagh.gov.uk

Carlow
See Carlow County Library

Cavan Genealogy
Johnston Central Library
Farnham St
Cavan
Tel: +353 (0)49 4361094
Email: cavangenealogy@eircom.net

Clare Heritage Centre
Corofin
Co. Clare
Tel: +353 (0)65 6837955
Email: clareheritage@eircom.net

Cork City Ancestral Project
C/o. Cork County Library
Farranlea Road
Cork
Tel: +353 (0)21 4346435
Email: corkancestry@ireland.com

Cork North
Mallow Heritage Centre
27-28 Bank Place
Mallow
Co. Cork
Tel: +353 (0) 22 50302
Email: mallowhc@eircom.net

Derry Genealogy Centre
Harbour Museum
Harbour Sq.
Derry BT48 6AF
Tel: +44(0) 28 71377331
Email: genealogy@derrycity.gov.uk

Donegal Ancestry Centre
The Quay
Ramelton
Co. Donegal
Tel: +353 (0) 74 9151266
Email: info@donegalancestry.com

Down – See Antrim

Dublin North County
Swords Heritage Centre
Carnegie Library
North St
Swords
Co. Dublin
Tel: +353 (0)1 8400080
Email: swordsheritage@eircom.net

Dublin South County
Dun Laoghaire Heritage & Genealogy
Craft Courtyard
Marlay Park
Rathfarnham
Dublin 16
Tel: +353 (0)1 2047264
Email: cmalone@dlrcoco.ie

Dublin City
See www.irishgenealogy.ie
Fermanagh & Tyrone
Irish World Heritage Centre
51 Dungannon Road
Coalisland
Co. Tyrone B71 4HP
Tel: +44(0)28 87746065
Email: info@irish-world.com

Galway East Family History Society
Woodford Heritage Centre
Woodford
Loughrea
Co. Galway
Tel: +353 (0)90 974309
Email: galwayroots@eircom.net
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Galway Family History
Society West Ltd
St. Joseph’s Community Centre
Shantalla
Co. Galway
Tel: +353 (0)91 860464
Email: galwaywestroots@eircom.net

Kerry
See www.irishgenealogy.ie

Kildare Genealogy
Riverbank
Main St
Newbridge
Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 (0)45 448350
Email: kildaregenealogy@iol.ie
Kilkenny Archaeological Society
Rothe House Trust
Parliament St

Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0)56 7722893
Email: kilkennyfamilyhistory@
rothehouse.com

Laois & Offaly
Irish Midlands Ancestry
Bury Quay
Tullamore
Co. Offaly
Tel: +353 (0)506 21421
Email: info@offalyhistory.com

Leitrim Genealogy Centre
Ballinamore
Co. Leitrim
Tel:+353 (0)71 9644012
Email: leitrimgenealogy@eircom.net
Limerick Genealogy
Lissanalta House
Dooradoyle
Co. Limerick
Tel: +353 (0)61 496542
Email:
research@limerickgenealogy.com

Longford Genealogy
17 Dublin St
Longford
Tel: +353 (0)43 3341235
Email: longroot@iol.ie
Louth Co. Library
Roden Place
Dundalk
Co. Louth
Tel: +353 (0)42 9335457
Email: referencelibrary@louthcoco.ie

Mayo North Family History
Research Centre
Enniscoe
Castlehill
Ballina
Co. Mayo
Tel: +353 (0)96 9631809
Email: normayo@iol.ie

Mayo South Family Research
Main St
Ballinrobe
Co. Mayo
Tel: +353 (0)94 9541214
Email: soumayo@iol.ie

Meath Heritage
Town Hall
Castle St
Trim
Co. Meath
Tel: +353 (0)46 9436633
Email: meathhc@iol.ie

Monaghan – No service
Offaly – See Laois

Roscommon Heritage & Genealogical
Centre
Church St
Strokestown
Co. Roscommon
Tel: +353 (0)71 9633380
Email: info@roscommonroots.com

Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Society
Aras Reddan
Temple St
Sligo
Tel: +353 (0)71 9143728
Email: heritagesligo@eircom.net

Tipperary North Genealogy Centre
The Governor’s House,
Kickham St
Nenagh
Co. Tipperary
Tel: +353 (0)67 33850
Email: tipperarynorthgenealogy@
eircom.net

Tipperary South
Bru Boru Cultural Centre
Rock of Cashel
Cashel
Co. Tipperary
Tel: +353(0)62 61122
Email: bruboru@comhaltas.com

Tipperary Family History Research
Parish Registers for Archdiocese of
Cashel & Emly
Excel Heritage Centre
Mitchell Street

Tipperary Town
Co. Tipperary
Tel: +353 (0)62 80555/6
Web: www.tfhr.org

Tyrone – See Fermanagh
Waterford Heritage Survey
St. Patrick’s Church
Jenkin’s Lane
Waterford
Tel: +353(0)51 876123
Email: mnoc@iol.ie

Westmeath
Dun na Si Heritage Centre
Knockdomney
Moate
Co. Westmeath
Tel: +353(0)90 6481183
Email: dunnasimoate@eircom.net

Wexford – No service

Wicklow Family History Centre
Wicklow Historic Gaol
Kilmantin Hill
Wicklow
Tel: +353(0)404 20126
Email: wfh@eircom.net

MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS IN IRELAND:

Bradley, Pamela
Research Ireland
Blue Rock, Killough
Kilmacanogue
Co. Wicklow
Tel/Fax: +353(0)1 2869645
Email: bradleypamela@eircom.net

Davison, Robert C
Enquireland
Ballynester House
1A Cardy Road
Greyabbey
Newtownards
Co. Down BT22 2LS
Tel: +44 (0)28 42788386
Fax: +44(0)28 42788986
Email: enquireland@tiscali.co.uk

ffeary-Smyrl, Steven C. FIGRS
6 Brighton Road
Rathgar
Dublin 6
Tel: +353(0)1 4063542
Fax:+353(0)1 4928645
Email: steven@masseyandking.com

Fitzsimons, Fiona
Eneclann Ltd
Unit 1B
Trinity College Enterprise Centre
Pearse Street
Dublin 2
Tel: +353(0)1 6710338
Fax: +353(0)1 6710281
Email: info@eneclann.ie

Gorry, Paul FSG, FIGRS
84 Ardglass
Baltinglass
Co. Wicklow
Email: gorry@indigo.ie
Gregory Kiara
47 Highfield Grove
Caherslee, Tralee
Co. Kerry
Email: gregoryk@eircom.net

Jordan, Margaret
27 The Cloisters
Ballincollig
Co. Cork
Email: m.jordan246@gmail.com

Kelly, Helen
30 Harlech Crescent
Clonskeagh
Dublin 14
Tel: +353(0)1 2784040
Email: helen@helenkelly.com
MacConghail, Máire B.A., FIGRS
14 Ascaill Ghairbhile
Ráth Garbh
Baile Atha Cliath 6
Tel: +353(0)1 4974621
Email: mairemacconghail@eircom.net

McDowell, Henry FIGRS
Celbridge Lodge
Celbridge
Co. Kildare
Tel: +353(0)1 6288347
McElroy, David
IGS Ltd
94 University Avenue
Belfast BT7 IGY
Tel: +44(0)28 90667274
Fax: +44(0)28 90661277
Email: research@igslimited.com

McGauley, Hilda M.Sc.
Records Ireland
13 The Glade
Woodfarm Acres
Palmerstown
Dublin 20
Tel: +353(0)1 6260189
Email: roots@recordsireland.ie

Martin, Justin Homan
9 Fortfield Gardens
Rathmines
Dublin 6
Tel: +353(0)1 4962617
Email: justinhmartin@eircom.net

Morris, Nicola
Timeline Research Ltd
146 Tritonville Road
Sandymount
Dublin 4
Tel: 353(0)87 6325673
Email: research@timeline.ie

Ó Dúill, Eileen M.A.,CG.
47 Delwood Road
Castleknock
Dublin 15
Tel: +353(0)1 8217272
Email: info@heirsireland.com

Sharkey, Joan
68 Raheny Park
Raheny
Dublin 5
Tel: +353(0)1 8314729
Email: joan.sharkey@gmail.com

Underwood, Rosaleen
15 Whitechurch Drive
Ballyboden
Dublin 16
Email: underwor@eircom.net
Members currently unavailable for
commissions:
Beglan, Mary
Grenham, John M.A. FIGRS
Moorhead, Patricia
Gregory, Máiread
O’Byrne, Eileen B.A., B.L., FAPGI, FIGRS

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