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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 Societies

Border Counties History Collective
Main Street
Blacklion, Co Cavan
Telephone: 072-53440
Email: bchc@eircom.net
Website: Border Counties History Collective

The Border Counties History Collective is an association of history groups in the border counties of Fermanagh, Cavan, and Leitrim. The Collective aims to promote co-operation between local history groups on a cross-border basis and to support their practical needs through training and the provision of information and advice.

Breifne Historical Society (Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne)
c/o Cavan Genealogy
1st Floor, Johnston Central Library
Farnham St
Cavan
Telephone: 049 436 1094
Email: brendan1scott@gmail.com
Website: Breifne Historical Society

The Society was founded as a non-political and non-sectarian historical society to promote interest in and the study of the local history of the ancient kingdom of Breifne. The territory of Breifne was, in medieval times, ruled over by the O’Rourke and the O’Reilly chieftains and it corresponds to most of the present day counties of Cavan, Leitrim and south Fermanagh, as well as to the ecclesiastical diocese of Kilmore. The Society hosts a series of lectures each year on various aspects of local and Irish history generally. It also organizes an annual tour to some place of historical interest. These tours normally take place in the summer months. The Society publishes a journal called ‘Breifne’ which is published in April or May of each year. The first journal was published in 1958 and forty-three journals have been published since then. It is now recognized as one of the best and most reputable local history journals in Ireland.

Carrick on Shannon & District Historical Society (Cumann Seanchais Muintir Eolais)
Carrick-on-Shannon Local History Centre
Unit 5, 1st Floor
Market Yard
Carrick-on-Shannon
Telephone: 086 067 5283
Email: cos.localhistorycentre@gmail.com
Website: Carrick on Shannon & District Historical Society
Website #2: Carrick on Shannon & District Historical Society

The Society was established in 1992 to reawaken interest in the history of the area which covers part of South Leitrim and North Roscommon known in ancient times as Muintir Eolais.

Western Family History Association
Lackagh Parish Centre
Lackagh, Galway
Email: info@wfha.info
Website: Western Family History Association
Website #2: Western Family History Association

Home counties of Association members include Galway, Clare, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, and Leitrim, with some members coming from as far afield as Cork. It is a self-help group for its members and does not carry out research. The Association provides a continually expanding library of genealogical and historical books for members’ usage, which is available monthly.

Leitrim Society

Manorhamilton and District Historical Society
Bee Park Community Centre
New Line
Manorhamilton
Email: gcreamer@beeparkresourcecentre.com
Website: Manorhamilton and District Historical Society
Website #2: Manorhamilton and District Historical Society

Manorhamilton and District Historical Society's goal is to collect local history and heritage and share these collections of history with the public.