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. August 8th 2017 8.00pm

Where historical Geography meets Genealogy  Brian Hollinshead  - at DFEi, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire


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Open Morning Meetings

Wednesday 26th Jul 2017 10.30am

At Hardy's Bar, Royal Marine Hotel 


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GSI Jul Lecture - Precis

Tues. August 8th 2017 8.00pm


Where historical Geography meets Genealogy  Brian Hollinshead   

The talk will include some of the many types of historical boundaries that have relevance for genealogy with some details of their history. The manner in which these nest, sometimes within each other and the implications of enclaves and exclaves will also be reviewed. Various electoral and registration districts will get a mention as well. The talk will include extracts of some old and some new maps of boundaries still in use as well as some long since invisible.

Our Newsletter 








July 2017 Issue

      An Daonchartlann - open again

      Harp Studies - Perspectives on the Irish Harp

      Ireland's Military Story

          ..... 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.  .


July 2017 - Brioan Donovan, findmypast - Finding my Irish Story - click here

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 

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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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Stop Press: New premises for Archives and Research Centre. 


Click here for a map showing our new location behind the Loughlinstown Leisure Centre, Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown

We are very grateful to Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council which has made the premises available to us.

We will be open for members on Wednesdays 10.00am-4.00pm

To get there:-

        (a) by public transport (bus) - take the 7a bus from Mountjoy Square via City Centre and Dun Laoghaire to Loughlinstown.  Buses every half hour. The terminus is about 200m from our premises

        (b)by public transport (Luas/Bus) - Take Luas to Brides Glen - Take 111 bus to Loughlinstown Leisure Centre. Bus hourly on the half-hour

        (c) by car from the M50 - at Junction 16 follow the signs for Loughlinstown. Straight on through the Cherrywood roundabout, and over the N11 flyover.  At the second traffic lights beyond the flyover turn right into Loughlinstown Drive. Follow this twisty road for about 1km to Loughlinstown Leisure Centre (very large buildings on right).  GSI is behind these buildings

       (d) by car from N11 southwards - after Cabinteely junction, and Topaz garage move to left lane and exit left to Wyatville Road. At the second traffic lights on Wyatville, turn right into Loughlinstown Drive. Follow this twisty road for about 1km to Loughlinstown Leisure Centre (very large buildings on right).  GSI is behind these buildings


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