Tracing your family history in Laois and Offaly, Ireland
Avail of our Laois Offaly family history database hosted by our colleagues in Roots Ireland and compile your own personal family history.
Each family story is unique and our part of the Roots Ireland platform will help you.
Make a really great gift for your children and grandchildren by letting us and Roots Ireland help in putting together your story.
- If you need our help in searching local newspapers
- Providing photographs and topographical information about your ancestral place in Laois Offaly
- Images of old Laois and Offaly for your family history
- Books on Laois Offaly (in print) or if out of print we can help in your search
Our sources for client research on Roots Ireland include:
- Births, Marriages and Deaths
- Griffith’s Valuation
- Church Records
- Parish Maps and Local Photographs
- Census Data
- Traders’ directories, 1788-1912
- Voters’ records from 1829 to 1919 (please note the details provided)
- Laois and Offaly Cemeteries
Offaly Heritage Centre is a company limited by guarantee and not for profit. We rely on fees to pay our expenses and expanding our services including a library of 20,000 volumes, 300,000 photographs and an Offaly Archives Service.
About Offaly History
Offaly History is also a member of the Irish Family History Foundation and has placed almost one million records from Laois and Offaly on its Roots Ireland site.
All income from this work is reinvested to promote the objectives of Offaly History. Using all the primary sources including church registers, civil records, census returns, etc.,
Offaly History has compiled a large database of information
on Laois and Offaly families spanning several centuries. Most of the records relate to the 19th century, but some church registers date back to the 18th century.
Since 1983 Offaly History (sometimes known as Irish Midlands Ancestry) has a well-regarded reputation for processing thousands of enquiries, mainly from Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and USA. Increasingly it also receives
queries from people living in Ireland.
Now we are expanding our services on the Roots Ireland platform while continuing to assist with consultancy, newspaper
searches and topographical information.
The Offaly History Centre was at the forefront of innovation in Irish family history and directly supported the formation of the Irish Family History Society in 1984 and the Irish Family History Foundation in 1988. Our Centre and research library
was opened in 1993. We have recently completed a new Offaly Archives to better secure our unique records and to make them safely accessible.
Offaly History Bookshop
Our bookshop and online has almost 150 current titles on Laois and Offaly books in stock besides over 2,000 new and secondhand history titles. Looking for something rare tell us about it. Call to us or view our shop on our website.
Offaly History stories every Saturday
We have over 150 stories about Offaly and its people on www.offalyhistoryblog
and publish every Saturday. Why not subscribe. It’s free.
Offaly History has published ten issues of Offaly Heritage since 2003 and has numerous other publications.
RootsIreland offers a unique database of more than 20 million Irish records
It contains data from 34 county genealogy centres on the island of Ireland. The main sources on the site are Irish Catholic and other church records of baptisms, marriages and deaths which are the most important source for tracing Irish ancestry.
The Irish Family History Foundation has been the coordinating body for a network of county genealogy centres and family history societies for over thirty years. The sources available vary for each county so please check our Irish Online Sources for details of what is available on the website.
The Irish Family History Foundation has been the coordinating body for a network of county genealogy centres and family history societies on the island of Ireland for over thirty years. The genealogy centres’ databases include parish church records of baptisms, marriages and deaths, many civil records, census returns and gravestone inscriptions. Millions of these records are searchable online, providinga unique resource for family historians not available on any other website. New records are added as the computerisation of sources continues in the local genealogy centres.
Irish Family History Foundation
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