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. April 11th 2017 8.00pm

"The story of our DNA:" - Mike Mulligan, Ancestry - at DFEi, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire


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Open Morning Meetings

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 10.30am

At Hardy's Bar, Royal Marine Hotel 


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GSI May Lecture - Precis

Tues. May 9th 2016 8.00pm


In the early part of this century the first human genome was sequenced. In the intervening years the technology has advanced and the cost of taking a DNA test has dropped to a point that DNA is now an indispensable part of any genealogist’s toolkit. Genetic Genealogy, uses DNA testing in combination with traditional genealogy to discover family history.  Mike’s presentation will show the techniques a genealogist can use to incorporate DNA evidence into their research. From using genetic ethnicity estimates and community groupings to cousin matching and DNA Circles.

Our Newsletter 








April 2017 Issue

      Technology and Genealogy

      Dublin in the 1950s and 1960s

      New Premises update

          ..... and more.....Click here

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.  .


April 2017 - Tom Quinlan, National Archives - Digitised online resources and complementary sources for researching family history - Click here

March 2017 - Ciara Kerrigan - National Library Ireland : The Manuscript Collections of the Genealogical Office - Click here

February 2017 - Capt. Daniel Ayiotis

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



December 2016 Stan Zamyatin

Evolution of the Irish Harp - 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 archives of the Society have been placed in storage in Cabinteely House on 1st March 2017


For a video of the move, click here


The Daonchartlann ("People's Archive") the Archives and Research Centre of the Society closed 8th Feb 2017. 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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