Our Society…  

“Ireland’s most active genealogical organisation”

Dublin-based, supporting both beginners and experienced genealogists alike






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Our Upcoming Events 


Tues. March 14th 2017 8.00pm

"National Library Ireland : The Manuscript Collections of the Genealogical Office" - Ciara Kerrigan - at DFEi, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire


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Open Morning Meetings

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 10.30am

At Hardy's Bar, Royal Marine Hotel 


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GSI March Lecture

Tues. March 14th 2016 8.00pm


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.

Our Newsletter 








February 2017 Issue

      All Packed Up and Nowhere to go

      Upcoming Annual General Meeting

      The country house and the Great War

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For Our Beginners 

Best to start from what you know about your ancestors. GSI provides a simple template here.


To progress further, download a free handbook on “Tracing your Ancestors in Ireland”


Find your ancestors in the censuses of 1911 and 1901… Click here


Come to GSI open meetings, 4th Wednesday each month.. Click here


Join GSI… Click here

GSI Lectures now on video


Certain recent lectures to the Society were recorded on video and are now available to watch online.  .


December 2016 Stan Zamyatin

Evolution of the Irish Harp - Click here

February 2017 - Capt. Daniel Ayiotis

Defence Forces:  Developments at the Military Archives 2017 - Click here






at GSI    

Stuart Rosenblatt was

installed as the new

President of The

Genealogical Society

of Ireland

Click here for details  

Our other websites 

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Our Vexillology and Heraldry sites

Vexillology Ireland

Heraldry Ireland


Ireland’s DNA Atlas

Volunteers required


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. 


Find out more here 

www.familyhistory.ie is published by Genealogical Society of Ireland Limited, 11 Desmond Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, IRELAND

For corporate information click here

email:- web@familyhistory.ie 

Flagging Ireland

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

Special Discount For the month of October, the book is available at a discount of €3. Click here



Our Opening Hours 


Our archivess and research centre are closed. We hope to re-open in a new location soon

GSI President (2014)
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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 eolas@familyhistory.ie. 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.

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