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Historical and genealogical societies may have valuable genealogical information on your ancestor. Some societies focus on a specific area, region, family line, or name, while others deal with all of Ireland. Many publish helpful journals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies. Some publish queries about Irish ancestors or maintain lists of members' research interests. Some have special indexes, collections, and projects. Many are based in countries to which Irish immigrated, such as the United States or Australia. You may want to join and support the efforts of one of these societies.

The names and addresses of these societies are listed in:

Grenham, John. Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Complete Guide. 3rd ed. Dublin, Ireland: Gill and Macmillan, 2006. (Family History Library book Ref 941.5 D27gj 2006.)

Ryan, James G. Irish Records: Sources for Family & Local History. Rev. ed. Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 1997. (Family History Library book Ref 941.5 D23r.)

For more information about the publications of these societies, see Irish Periodicals

All-Ireland Family History Societies[edit | edit source]

Ireland Genweb Project
Online only

The Irish Ancestral Research Association
The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA)
121 Boston Post Road, Suite 3
Sudbury, Massachusetts

01776 USA

Irish Family History Foundation
Irish Genealogy Ltd.
Floor 3, Shelbourne House
Shelbourne Road
Dublin 4, Republic of Ireland

Irish Genealogical
Research Society

Online only at present

Irish Genealogical Society International
Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI)

1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100
Mendota Heights, Minnesota

Northern Ireland FHSs[edit | edit source]

North of Ireland FHS
Mr. G.N. Sibery
c/o Queen’s University
Graduate School of Education
69 University Street
Belfast , Northern Ireland BT7 1HL
has links to websites for branches in Coleraine,
Lisburn, North Down and Ards, Omagh and Portadown
Ulster Historical Foundation
49 Malone Road Belfast, Northern Ireland BT9 6RY
Northern Ireland Genweb
Online only:

Republic of Ireland FHSs[edit | edit source]

Genealogical Society
of Ireland

Mr. Michael Merrigan
11 Desmond Avenue
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Irish FHS
P.O. Box 36
Naas, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland


One-Name Groups[edit | edit source]

Some societies gather information about individuals with a particular surname. If you would like to find out about or join such a group, contact the following organization:

Guild of One-Name Studies
Box G
14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
London EC1M 7BA

Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

The Irish Historical Society

American Irish Historical Society
991 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Telephone: (212) 288-2263

The Military History Society of Ireland
Newman House
86 St Stephens Green
Dublin 2, Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland can add further historical information.
Telephone: +353 1 6777444

Locating Records at the Family History Library[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has many sources compiled by Irish genealogical societies. These sources are described in the Author/Title Search of the catalog under the society's name. Copies of some records gathered by Irish genealogical societies are also listed in the Locality Search of the catalog under the record type. For example, cemetery transcripts compiled by a local family history society are listed in the Place Search under:


Societies' histories or lists of members' interests are indexed in the Place Search of the catalog under the following headings:



Lists of and guides to societies' collections are indexed in the Place Search of the catalog under the following headings:




Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Christensen, Penelope. "Irish Family History Societies (National Institute)," The National Institute for Genealogical Studies (2012),