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“Ireland’s most active genealogical organisation”

Dublin-based, supporting both beginners and experienced genealogists alike






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Our Upcoming Events 


Tues. June 13th 2017 8.00pm

Mary Beglan: How Online Sources Helped Put Flesh on the Bones of the Beglan Family Tree. - at DFEi, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire


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Open Morning Meetings

Wednesday 24nd May 2017 10.30am

At Hardy's Bar, Royal Marine Hotel 


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GSI May Lecture - Precis

Tues. Jun 13th 2016 8.00pm


Mary Beglan: How Online Sources Helped Put Flesh on the Bones of the Beglan Family Tree.  

Genealogy is more than just a collection of names. We want to know what our ancestors worked at. How did they progress in their job?  Why did thy move from their birthplace to elsewhere in the country or abroad?  Who were their friends and colleagues? Here we will look at some well known online sources as well as some lesser known ones to help us answer these questions and others. We will also look at online sources which helped to break down some brick walls while researching the Beglan family tree.

Our Newsletter 








May 2017 Issue

      Éireannaigh an Domhain : Global Irish

      Books for a lazy Summer

      GSI Lectures now on video

          ..... 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.  .


May 2017 - Mike Mulligan, Ancestry : The story of our DNA - Click here

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  

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Vexillology Ireland

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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

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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

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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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