"Ireland's most active genealogical society"

“Ireland’s most active genealogical organisation”

We have a core group of very active volunteers who give of their time to keep the Society vibrant and active. We always welcome volunteers who can contribute to that activity. It is a great way to meet like-minded members and create new friendships, while always advancing one’s knowledge about genealogy.

Morning Open Meetings


On the 4th Wednesday each month (except December) the society holds a morning meeting at 11.00am. This is an opportunity for members, potential members and members of the general public to meet, to discuss relevant matters. There is usually no formal agenda. Normally Coffee and biscuits are served but in recent times these meeting have been held online via zoom, see our Social Media chanels for details.


On the second Tuesday each month the society hosts a lecture on a subject of interest to members. Details of upcoming and previous lectures will be found via our Social Media channels, these talks are currently being held over Zoom, and include international speakers and audience.

Advice and Research

We provide a research and advice service on Wednesdays and on Saturday afternoons in our Archive and research centre in Loughlinstown.

New system is place for research centre due to Coronavirus restrictions – see latest update.

We undertake research activities and projects from time to time


We do not confine our activities within our own organisation.
We are regularly invited to support the activities of other kindred organisations, by providing lecturers, by providing a genealogy help and advice desk.
We also participate in shows such as “Back to our past” and/or in support of TV, radio and other media
We provide articles to magazines, ezines, and other websites on genealogy-related matters

An Daonchartlann – Archive & Research

An Daonchartlann - Archive & Research of the @GenSocIreland will be CLOSED on Wednesday 19th August 2020. An Daonchartlann will reopen at 10.00hrs on Wednesday 26th August at 10.00hrs by APPOINTMENT ONLY to archivist@familyhistory.ie

August 2020 update

An Daonchartlann & Covid-19 An Daonchartlann – Archive & Research Centre is open each Wednesday between 10.00hrs to 16.00hrs (subject to current advice at the time) The new system for operating the archive due to Covid-19, is as follows. (1)  All visits...

Coffee Morning at Royal Marine

Coffee Morning at Royal Marine

The next coffee morning is on Wednesday 27th November at 10.30 at Hardy’s Bar in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. A donation of €3 is expected

December Lecture

December Lecture

Digital Transformation for Cemeteries - Neil Sherrin Tues. Dec 10th 2019 8.00pm DFEi, Cumberland St, Dun Laoghaire An overview of the opportunity that digitisation presents for effective cemetery operations, genealogy activity, and new revenue generation. Neil is the...

Superb archive of video lectures

The Genealogical Society of Ireland has built up a massive collection of lectures on all subjects related to genealogy. The lectures are delivered by some of the most eminent speakers in the country.  Subjects covered include Census records Civil records (Births,...

Genealogy Day Marlay House 17 August 2019

Genealogy Day Marlay House 17 August 2019

A large crowd attended the family history day event at Marlay House on Saturday 17 August. The event consisted of short talks, demonstrations and personal advice desks conducted by members of the Genealogical Society of Ireland who have been tracing their families and...