"Ireland's most active genealogical society"

We are “Ireland’s most active genealogical organisation”

Why join us? What do we offer?

  • Become an active volunteers who gives time to keep the Society vibrant and active.
  • Meet like-minded members to participate in major or smaller projects
  • Achieve better outcomes for your research by working with a group
  • Learn more about genealogy and create new friendships.

    A Gift of Membership

    A gift of membership of the Society may be the impetus for a whole new pastime for someone.

    If you want to give a gift of membership, then click the gift button opposite.

    We will email to you the relevant membership certificate which you can email or print for presentation.


    Benefits of Membership


    A newsletter (Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette) emailed to you every month to keep you up-to-date with activities and developments. A journal supplied to you each year in the Springtime



    A lecture each month (first Tuesday 8.00pm) on a topic of Genealogical interest – location: currently on Zoom.

    An informal open meeting on Wednesdays on Zoom – these usually take at Hardy’s Bar, Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire

    Note – Lectures and Morning meetings are currently on hold due to Coronavirus restrictions

    Research Facilities

    Newly-equipped computer room
    Access to extensive range of genealogy sites:

    An Daonchartlann/ Archive

    Use of extensive and growing archive held in Dun Laoghaire

    • Books
    • DVDs/CD-Rom
    • Documents
    • Microfilm/Fiche

    Discounts for members

    • Ancestry and Find my past
    • Irish Newspaper Archives
    • Flatcaps and Bonnets

    To avail, email membership@familyhistory.ie


    • Right to use GSI post-nominal
    • Right to Register your own assumed Arms or emblems with the Society free of charge;
    • Right to have your Club, School or Institutions assumed Arms or emblems registered with the Society free of charge to a maximum of ten registrations.


    Opportunity to articipate in some of the Society’s projects

    • Cemetery recording
    • Ireland’s DNA Atlas
    • Digitising of records

    contact archivist@familyhistory.ie

    Special Interest Groups

    Vexillology Ireland for all interested in flags and banners.

    Heraldry Ireland promoting an awareness, appreciation and knowledge of Ireland’s heraldic heritage and of heraldry in general.

    Volunteer Participation

    GSI is entirely staffed, operated, and maintained by volunteer efforts. There may be opportunities to volunteer for participation in the society as a volunteer at various levels, compatible with your skills and preferences. Let us know if you would like to volunteer

    Promoting Genealogy

    We promote on your behalf the interests of genealogy:

    • in the public media
    • in outreach activities at the request of societies and organisers of public events
    • in government and political circles

    Websites/Social Media

    We provide online information via websites.

    Main website:- this one