The General Register Office ( GRO), Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1

The GRO holds the key to many of your questions.

Go early to this busy office, it has been known to close its doors when overwhelmed.

To get the most from your visit, search the indexes online before your visit.

Or avail of their online service at

The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

At the outset I must declare an interest here. I have spent the last few months as a graduate intern in the Library’s Genealogy Office (GO).

The NLI is simply a fabulous resource for the family history researcher, be they an amateur starting out on their journey or undertaking what one young visitor described to me as ‘hard core ‘research.

Make sure to use the online resources in its Genealogy Office, where you can freely access the subscription website,

Eulogised recently by broadcaster and author, Ryan Tubridy, the Reading Room of the Library is spectacularly beautiful.

The Library is frequented by history professors, celebrity authors and broadcasters but the informative staff will treat your query with an equal level of professionalism and assistance. They are the real jewels in NLI’s crown.

Dublin City’s Library and Archive, Pearse Street

Known affectionately as the ‘Gilbert’ this is Dublin’s own archive of the city.

It is a ‘must ‘for anyone researching a Dublin family.

Housed together under one roof, records pertaining to the city can be accessed in the first floor research facility.

Especially useful is the database of trade guilds compiled by John Grenham. This is a treasure trove for those whose ancestry contains artisans, merchants or craftsmen.

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