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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Dublin's Genealogy Services ready for Summer season

It's two weeks to St Patrick's Day, which means the capital will be gearing up for an influx of visitors. Among them will be a goodly number of family historians, most of them beginners keen to know something of their ancestors and to learn about relevant resources.

With the National Library of Ireland's Roman Catholic parish registers collection due to be made accessible online this summer, good genealogy advice and guidance are expected to be more in demand than ever, so this seems an opportune time to issue a reminder of the free Genealogy Advisory Services available in Dublin.

National Archives of Ireland

The Genealogy Service operates year-round and is accessed via the Reading Room. No appointments are necessary; consultations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis only. All visitors will need to have a Reader's Ticket. This can be obtained on the day of first visit (allow extra time) but you will need to bring certain documentation with you before the Reader's Ticket can be issued; the rules are strictly enforced.

Address:
Bishop Street, Dublin 8.

Hours of operation:
Year-round, excluding public holidays and a few media preview days in early December.
Monday to Friday, 10am–1:30pm.
More.


National Library of Ireland

The Genealogy Service operates year-round and is available in a dedicated room on the mezzanine floor of the Library. No appointments are necessary; consultations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis only, and there is no need to have a Reader's Ticket. Microfilms of the parish registers can be studied in an adjacent room.

Address:
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Hours of operation:
Year-round, excluding public holidays.
Standard hours: Monday to Friday: 9.30am–4.45pm.
From 18 March to 31 October only: Monday to Friday, 9.30am–5pm; Saturday 9.15am–12.45pm. More.