The Office of the Ulster King of
Arms and its descendant the Office of the Chief Herald have granted and
confirmed arms since its foundation in 1552. Since arms were granted on
the basis of Irish descent, the Office holds a wonderful and wide
ranging collection of material of genealogical interest. These range
from the Registers of Grants and Confirmations of Arms to the
collections of Funeral Entries, Registered Pedigrees, Lord Entries and
Baronets Records. In addition to records relating to the function of the
Office, the Genealogical Office Manuscript Collection also contains a
large amount of material acquired and created to provide sources for
genealogical research. These include abstracts of family information
compiled by Sir William Betham from prerogative wills as well as his
collection of sketch pedigrees.
Working with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, we are researching Ireland’s unique DNA. We need volunteers to provide samples for this research. If your 8 great-grandparents came from the same area, we need you.
Flagging Ireland is a new 52-page full colour publication (August
2015) by the Genealogical Society of Ireland, edited by Stan Zamyatin.
It deals with the design and use of flags in Ireland, north and south.
It is intended for use by school;s, colleges, sporting clubs and local
communities to assist them in the design, manufacture and use of flags.
This guide takes the reader through the steps to create a wonderfully
vibrant and visible representation of the unique local identities of
communities and groups.
The price is €10 +€2 p&p
For the month of October, the book is available at a discount of €3. Click here
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Our archivess and research centre are closed. We hope to re-open in a new location soon
Closure of the Daonchartlann Archives and Research Centre of the Society 8th Feb 2017
The Daonchartlann ("People's Archive") the Archives and Research Centre of the Society closes today. We hope to open in a new location in the future.
The Society received a 'notice to quit' in December from the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company after six years in the small premises at Carlisle
Pier, which were totally refurbished by the Society in 2010.
The Board of the
Genealogical Society of Ireland had discussions with Dún
Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council but the Council, despite having a
number of unused buildings, confirmed that it had 'no suitable
premises available' for the Society's Archive & Research Centre.
Friends of the Society who would like to voice their concerns about this closure should contact their TDs, senators or local councillors.
If you can assist in identifying a suitable premises which might become available for the Society, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that the Society cannot consider renting or purchasing premises at todays commercial prices.
Over the years, the Society has made a very valuable contribution to the life of the local and national community, to visitors from around the world. The closure of the Daonchartlann is a major loss to the town of Dún Laoghaire. The Society will continue with its other activities including lectures, meetings, publications, etc.