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. September 11th 2017 8.00pm

Brian White - Some residents of Killarney Road, Bray  - at DFEi, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire


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Open Morning Meetings

Wednesday 23rd Aug 2017 10.30am

At Hardy's Bar, Royal Marine Hotel 


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GSI Jul Lecture - Precis

Tues. September 11thth 2017 8.00pm


Brian White

Some residents of Killarney Road, Bray  In the past ​fifty years many of the large house's of Bray have given way for housing estates. All ​that is left is the name of the big house that once occupied the site. In some cases the large house has remained and new houses built around it. Killarney Road, Bray was mainly developed after the coming of the Railway in 1854. The fashionable houses were described as fine gentlemen's residence. The range of persons to live on the road includes Taoiseach, Minister of Justice, High Court Judges, Engineers, Civil Servants, Dublin Merchants, The road can boast of having three brothers at the London Olympics of 1908, still a record today of ​three Olympians in one family. These are just some of the secrets of the famous residents.


Our Newsletter 








August 2017 Issue

      Casement Summer School

      Medieval Dublin XVI

      Dublin Historical Record

          ..... 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.  .


August 2017 - Brian Hollinshead - OpenStreetMaps : Where historical Geography meets Genealogy - click here 

July 2017 - Brian 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

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Genealogical Society of Ireland will open daily for all of Heritage Week

19-27 August 10.00am-4.00pm daily (11.00am-4.pm Sundays)


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

Entrance through the carpark of the Leisure Centre.

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

The computer room and facilities for tracing family history are fully open.  The  fitting out of facilities for the library and archives is being suspended throughout Heritage Week


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