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. July 13th 2017 8.00pm

Brian Donovan - Findmypast.ie - at DFEi, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire


For more click here

Open Morning Meetings

Wednesday 28th Jun 2017 10.30am

At Hardy's Bar, Royal Marine Hotel 


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GSI Jul Lecture - Precis

Tues. Jul 11th 2016 8.00pm


Brian Donovan - Findmypast.ie Lots of Irish family history records are free. The 1901 & 1911 census, BMDs from 1864 onwards, Catholic church records and more. But they’re not enough to tell your family’s story, what happened in their lives, the trials, joys, struggles and controversy. They often aren’t enough to explain a mystery like why they left Ireland. In short they help tell you what happened, not why it happened. To do this you need to use the largest collection of Irish family history records online. Findmypast is the world leader with more than twice the number of records of our nearest competitor. We can take you family tree and bring you on a journey of discovery through your Irish story. Join Brian as he explores the amazing record sets that make up our Irish collection. From essential and exclusive land records to court registers and newspapers, our Irish resources are unrivalled and easy to search.

Our Newsletter 








Jun 2017 Issue

      Ethnicity and DNA

      Stop Press - New Premises

      Heraldry Ireland Project

          ..... 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.  .


June 2017 - Mary Beglan: How Online Sources Helped Put Flesh on the Bones of the Beglan Family Tree Click here

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  

Our other websites 

 GSI is on Twitter and Facebook






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

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Stop Press: New premises for Archives and Research Centre. 


Dateline 12th June........ We got firm news of a new premises for our Archives and Research Centre.  We will be relocating in a modular building in a secluded location in the grounds of Dún Laoghaire Leisure Centre. Members can now have a swim, a workout and a coffee or snack, all on the same campus. The address is Loughlinstown Drive, off Wyatville Road and is on the routes of the No 7 and 111 buses. There is plenty of free carparking. The building is well fitted out for our needs, with plenty of space, and good facilities for archives, computers etc. In the next few days we will put together a plan for moving in quickly, so we will be calling on members to join a "meitheal" to help us on the moving day.  We are very grateful to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for their help in making this building available.


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