Irish Family History Centre


EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum immerses you in the fascinating stories of the Irish people and honours the intrinsic connection between Ireland and its diaspora – no matter how many generations or oceans separate us.

But who are you? And what is your story? Whether you’re just a little curious or a fully-fledged family historian, we have something for you at the Irish Family History Centre, where our expert genealogists can help you unearth your Irish roots.

You’ll find The Irish Family History Centre just beside the museum gift shop in EPIC.

Boost Your Search

Book a Personalised Consultation with a Genealogist

You’ll be amazed how much you can discover with a personalised one-to-one consultation with one of our genealogists. They start by getting to know where you are on your research journey and finding out what knowledge and documents you currently have on your family history.

Our expert genealogists know the background of all relevant online databases and repositories for offline research and can significantly speed up your search. They can identify further record sources to be reviewed, create a route map and develop a search strategy.

We promise you’ll come away with a renewed enthusiasm and the assurance that you’re going in the right direction.

Choose your session type

Please note: Consultations must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance. A minimum of 48 hours notice of cancellation is required. Your booking is only valid for the time and date booked. We strongly advise against booking consultations on the day of arrival into Ireland.

As we are an Irish company, we work in Irish time (currently UTC+1 until October 30th) so please take this into consideration before booking an online consultation.


COST – €60

A great option for those at the very beginning of their genealogy journey who want an introduction and to know where to go next in the family history process.


COST – €110

Our most popular option, 60 minutes with a genealogist will allow you to find out the questions that you’ve always wondered about your family history.


COST – €155

A more detailed consultation, 90 minutes allows for more time to not only find the records, but also to explain the background behind your family genealogy history.


Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need?

We always say just bring whatever you have – whether that’s a little or a lot. A family tree is a great start for visitors of every level, so feel free to bring one along if you have it. It’s also important to bring along a passion to learn something new, because you never know what you’re going to find.

Where do I even start?

Always start with yourself and work backwards! Filling in your Family Tree is a great place to start. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE TEMPLATE.
Map out what you know for sure in pen, fill in information you’re not certain of in pencil and then you can start filling in the gaps. And always verify what you find with hard evidence – only believe what you see with your own eyes.

What if I don’t even know if I’m Irish?

Don’t worry! We’ve got access to records across the globe through our databases – so even if you don’t know where you come from you can start digging. We’ve had visitors find ancestors in Nicaragua, Montserrat and India, so you never know what you might discover – it’s pretty exciting stuff!

“Totally recommended!”

I had reached various dead ends and realised I needed an expert to help. Having an online consultation, in the comfort of my home, proved really useful. Talking to the genealogist was very easy… it was like talking to an old friend, and especially for help with specific information and interpreting records. Having an expert there saved me a huge amount of difficulty and got me to where I needed far quicker than I could have done myself.

Patricia Potter, our first online genealogy client


How to start your genealogy research

Fiona Fitzsimons, director at the Irish Family History Centre outlines a dozen tips and steps to beginning your search.

Download our free EPIC Family Tree pack

EPIC & the Irish Family History Centre have created a guide to help you take the first steps on your genealogy journey.

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