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GSI Archives & Research Centre

An Daonchartlann or “peoples' archive”  is the Society's Archives & Research Centre at the Carlisle Pier (Old Mail-Boat Pier) at Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. MAP This facility was officially opened on 8 Nov 2010 by the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Mary Hanafin, TD. To view some images of the event click here.

The Society is grateful to the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company for making the premises available to the Society for An Daonchartlann. An Daonchartlann contains a range of research resources for both Members and visitors, including published material, manuscripts, family papers, CD collections, microfilm and microfiche collections, access to on-line resources, overseas societies' journals, a collection of school registers (CBS Dún Laoghaire etc) and many other resources for genealogical, heraldic or social history research.


(Pictured above: an example from the manuscript collection at the Society's Archives & Research Centre)

It is planned to have an on-line catalogue of the resources held at An Daonchartlann uploaded to this website in due course and also a Digital Archive of the Society's publications, especially the Society's Journal which was first published in 1992. Access to a full listing the Society's publications is available via the panel on the right. 

The catalogue of the Society’s Archives contains items which include published books on Genealogy and history with a large Irish and worldwide collection Genealogical /Family History/ and historical Journals and various Irish Directories.

As mentioned above, the Society’s Archives also contains unpublished material e.g. school and church registers. In organizing the archive the collection has been arranged into twenty four Categories which the Archive Team of volunteers is currently indexing.

This indexation of this material covers a number of the categories, for example, the Society came into possession in the early 1990s of a large volume of documents from a solicitor’s office. When indexing this unique collection of documents it was discovered that they referred to a number of estates in Co. Laois (formerly Queen’s County) and therefore, the collection is called the Laois Papers and is sorted as follows:

  • Deeds: These are Leases Mortgages, Conveyances, Indentures, Wills, Marriage settlements, Land deeds etc. so far over 900 have been indexed and the work is on-going
  • Family Papers: These are mainly miscellaneous papers and are currently being catalogued under family names.
  • Rentals: These are estate rentals and extracts from valuation books and are currently being indexed.
  • Maps: The Society's Archives has a small collection of maps associated with the estates in the Laois Papers.
  • Catalogue Listing: The Director of Archival Services has provided a sample of the catalogue of this collection here. Please note that this catalogue listing is not complete as work continues on the Laois Papers. Names, addresses and references to properties in other counties are also found amongst the Laois Papers.

Other collections available for research at the Society’s Archives include:

Aliens Register: the society has a photo copy of the Aliens Register 1914-1922 A Division Dublin Metropolitan Police. The people who registered were mainly from Eastern Europe mostly Jews, who had to register with the police. The register has been indexed by name and contains 489 names

Obituaries: The Society some years ago acquired a collection of cutting of obituaries from newspapers of Irish people who had died mainly in Canada with some from USA and New Zealand. So far we have indexed over 1500 names and the work is on-going.

The Nuns' Register: This was a project that the Society started some years ago. The plan was to create a register of Irish woman who became nuns, many of whom entered convents in many parts of the world. Initially a lot of research was done and information was gathered form convents around the world. The information gathered so far is now been entered to a data base. So far over 800 have been listed with a few hundred more to do.

School and Church registers: There are various school registers in the Society's Archive, including: Christian Brothers School (Dún Laoghaire) Registers, Harold National School Glasthule and various others. Although some of the registers in the Society's possession have been published, the details are generally provided alphabetically by surname etc. However, this has its complications as many surnames are rendered in their original Gaelic form or a version thereof and others have been Gaelicised. 

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Irish-Jewish Community: The Society is only one of four repositories in Ireland to have the copies of Stuart Rosenblatt’s monumental work on the Irish Jewish Community. This wonderful collection of beautifully bound volumes contains copies of the sources found by Stuart throughout Ireland relating to the Irish Jewish Community over the past three centuries.

Microform Collection: The Society has a large and varied collection of resources on microfiche and microfilm which can be viewed at the facility.

CD Collection:  The Society's Archives has a range of resources published on CD and DVD which can be viewed in the computer room at the facility.

Diaspora and Emigration Studies: Since it was founded back in 1990, the Society has been amassing a unique resource for those wishing to access the published research on the Irish diaspora around the world. This collection of Journals covers Great Britain, North America, Australasia and South Africa containing articles on the Irish settlement in those areas and genealogical resources. This is an excellent resource for those undertaing studies on the Irish diaspora, emigration and migration studies.

Local and Social Studies: The Society's Archives & Research Centre has various collections of local history publications; school, college and club yearbooks; and some special collections including the original minute books and records of the Workmens Club in Dún Laoghaire which was founded by Professor W. F. Barrett in the late nineteenth-century and closed at the turn of the last century.

Not of Irish descent? Don’t worry! The Society is the ‘Genealogical Society of Ireland promoting the study of genealogy in Ireland amongst those of Irish descent and those with overseas ancestry. The principles of genealogical research are basically the same throughout the world, however, the types of resources available for genealogical research vary greatly from one country to the next or indeed, between one part of a country and another part of the same country.  So if you’re interested in tracing your overseas ancestry, the Archive Team would be delighted to discuss your research with you.

Family History Research Advice: To assist new Members and visitors to An Daonchartlann, experienced Members are on-hand to introduce these resources to those starting out on their journey of family history research and, of course, to offer tips and advice on the vast range of on-line services currently available for genealogical research.

The GSI Archives and Research Centre is open each Wednesday 10.30hrs to 16.30hrs (except 4th Weds. open 13.00hrs) and from 18.00hrs to 21.00hrs and on Saturday afternoons from 14.00hrs to 18.00hrs.  To see some images of the facility click here 

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For information on the GSI Archive please contact our Director of Archival Services, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Will Your Records Well:  As genealogists, heraldists and local historians we naturally amass a huge amount of paper and computer records during our many years of research. We love these records, we’ve worked hard to collect the information—it is of great value. Books, photographs, charts, interview notes, copy certificates, parish register and census transcripts—all lovingly collected over many years. But how many of us have made provision for the preservation of our own records, files and notes after we die? Don’t let your hard work end up as landfill or your genealogy, heraldry & local history books be sold off piece meal after you’ve gone. Why not make provision in your Will to donate them to the Society’s Archives & Research Centre for future generations? In the meatime, should you wish to donate items to the Society's Archives & Research Centre please contact the Director of Archival Services, Séamus O'Reilly, FGSI.



The Society is always on hand to advise groups or organisations planning ancestry related events for the nationwide festival of The Gathering 2013. If your group is thinking of a genealogical project for The Gathering 2013 - talk to the Society - we may be able to offer advice on resources and, of course, useful research tips. For example, groups in the County of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown may well find some of the resources at the Society's Archives & Research Centre of considerable use to any planned genealogical or social history project or event. For information on some of these resources click here.

If you would like the Society to host an information booth at your event during The Gathering 2013 we would be delighted to explore the possibilities with your group - so please get in touch.

For further information on The Gathering 2013 click here

Day Archive Membership (Reader's Ticket) is available for persons wishing to undertake research at An Daonchartlann for a maximum of three hours on a particular day during the normal opening times of the facility. Day Archive Membership costs just €5.00 and may be obtained on-line.

Day Archive Membership €5.00


Travelling to the GSI Archives:

By Car - to Dún Laoghaire Harbour along the seafront (Queen's Road) turning down to the pier for pay-n-display car parking facilities. MAP

By DART - to Dún Laoghaire Station - exit turn left - cross over to the Queen Victoria fountain and walk along the seafront in the direction of East Pier until you reach the King George IV monument - take the stairs down to the pier. Estimated time circa 5 minutes walk. MAP

By DUBLIN BUS - nos. 7, 8, 45A, 46A, 59 or 75 - to Dún Laoghaire Town Centre. Walk to the seafront and follow the directions above (see By DART).


Landmark - the GSI Archives is directly below the King George IV monument as shown above on Queen's Road or the 'Seafront'. (stone pillar topped by a crown).


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