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Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources, or support its efforts.

Addresses of the societies are for the most part where their meetings are held as they are by-and-large not brick-and-mortar institutions.

Regional Society[edit | edit source]

Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society
Bury Quay, Tullamore
Telephone: 057 932 1421
Email #2:
Website: Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society
Website #2: Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society

Offaly History is about collecting and sharing memories. We do this in an organised way though our Facebook site,, and our library and offices at Bury Quay, Tullamore beside the Dew Visitors Centre. According to the website Cyndi's List this Society is the family history research centre for the Irish counties of Laois and Offaly.

Laois Societies[edit | edit source]

Laois Heritage Society (Cumann Oidhreachta Laoise)
Mountmellick Library
O'Moore St
Website: Laois Heritage Society
Website #2: Laois Heritage Society

Laois Heritage Society was founded in the early 1970s. It replaced the Old Laois Society which had operated from the 1950s. It serves as the umbrella body for heritage interests in County Laois and draws its membership from all parts of the county. Among the Society’s aims is to create awareness of the rich and unique heritage in the county. Another important part of its work is concerned with conservation and keeping a watching brief on threatened sites and artefacts.

Mountrath Library Historical Society
Mountrath Library
Shannon Rd
Telephone: 57 875 6378
Website: Mountrath Library Historical Society

We provide a forum where those who have an interest in local history can meet and discuss their interest. We hope to preserve and promote the history and heritage of Mountrath. We wish to explore the built, written, oral, and cultural history and heritage around us.