What we stand for

The Society was established in 1990 to promote an awareness, appreciation and knowledge of our genealogical and heraldic heritage in Ireland and amongst her Diaspora.

It is devoted to the promotion of the study of genealogy and related subjects as educational leisure pursuits available to all in the community irrespective of age, prior-learning, background or socio-economic circumstances by organising Open Meetings, lectures, workshops, publishing genealogical material, organising group project, exhibiting at major relevant events and the provision of an Archive and Research Centre, An Daonchartlann.

The Society encourages its members, undertaking research in every county in Ireland, to make their research available to others through publication. Through its publications   programme, the Society makes accessible to researchers at home and abroad many sources otherwise not available except in their original state. The collection and repatriation of genealogical material is an important function of the Society’s Archive and Research Centre, An Daonchartlann.


(Pictured above: A Member undertaking research at the Society’s Archives & Research Centre – An Daonchartlann – at the Carlisle Pier, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin)

The Society strives to best practice, excellence and high standards in its publications, activities and research and, encourages such amongst its membership at home and overseas.

The ‘Principle of Public Ownership and Right of Access’ to our Irish genealogical heritage is the cornerstone of our national policies on heritage, genealogy and archival matters. [adopted by the Members at the 1997 Annual General Meeting]

The Society is an independent not-for-profit voluntary heritage organisation with an Irish and international membership and it is an incorporated body in Ireland with charitable status. It is a Nominating Body for Seanad Éireann and has received a Grant of Arms from the Chief Herald of Ireland.

As a registered charity in Ireland, the Society is funded by its members’ subscriptions and kind donations from the general public and from those with Irish ancestry overseas. Membership is open to all interested in genealogy, heraldry, vexillology, social history and related subjects.