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The Genealogical Society of Ireland recommends that anybody wishing to trace their Irish ancestry, as a first step, get a copy of 'Tracing Your Irish Ancestors' by John Grenham, MA, MAPGI, FIGRS, FGSI, published by Gill and Macmillan. Please make sure it is the FOURTH EDITION - see: www.gillmacmillan.ie 

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However, in the meantime please download the information booklet produced by Fáilte Ireland 'Tracing Your Ancestors in Ireland' from the panel to the left on this website. It's an excellent source for useful websites etc. There are also some very useful websites listed under 'Links' on this website. Remember  it is always of great assistance to join a genealogical organisation - this Society always welcomes new members.

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(Pictured above: A selection of the wonderfully produced county research guides and other publications available from FlyLeaf Press - please click on the image for further information)

At the Open Meeting held on Tuesday October 9th 2012, Daire Guidera and Emily Moore of the Registry of Deeds delivered a very interesting lecture on the topic 'The Registry of Deeds as an aide to the Genealogist'. The lecture was delivered in a seminar style with interaction from a full house. Click here to read or download a copy of the handout in pdf format. 

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(Pictured above: The cover of 'The Irish Family and Local History Handbook 2' published by Robert Blactchford Publishing Ltd., and officially launched at the Back To Our Past event held in the RDS, Dublin, from October 12th to 14th 2012. For further information on the publication please click here.)

The Society does NOT undertake commercial genealogical research assignments and therefore, we direct all such enquiries to the various bodies and individuals offering such services. Although there is no official accrediting body for Irish genealogists involved in commercial research, many have successfully completed diploma courses offered by University College Dublin and other institutions in Ireland. Lists of professional genealogists are provided by the National Library of Ireland, National Archives of Ireland, Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland Limited www.apgi.ie and on the website http://24-7genealogist.com

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(Pictured above: The GSI Stand at the Back To Our Past event held at the RDS, Dublin, from October 12th to 14th 2012. Photo: Aiden Feerick, MGSI, MAPGI)

Remember the Society's Archive & Research Centre, An Daonchartlann, at the Carlisle Pier (Old Mail-Boat Pier) in Dún Laoghaire is open each Wednesday 10.30hrs to 16.30hrs (except 4th Weds. open at 13.00hrs) and on Saturday afternoons from 14.00hrs to 18.00hrs providing a Free Family History Advisory Service to visitors to this unique facility. The Director of Archival Services, Séamus O'Reilly, FGSI, and his colleagues are on hand at An Daonchartlann to advise you on your own research needs and to help you formulate your own research plan to achieve the best results from our own resources and those available on-line or at our national cultural institutions. MAP


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

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For a copy of a Birth Brief & the GSI Membership Form 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



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Wishing to JOIN or RENEW your MEMBERSHIP click here

"Cuimhnigí ar Ár Sinnsir"

(Translated as "Remember Our Ancestors" - the Motto of the Genealogical Society of Ireland)