Trace your ancestors
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? Watch to see how we helped Dara Daly explore her own family history
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.
Personalised Consultation with a Genealogist
Your one-to-one, personalised consultation starts with our genealogist getting to know where you are on your research journey, finding out what knowledge and documents you currently have on your family history. Then, let them guide you through the records to knock down your brick walls. Our expert genealogists know the background of all relevant online databases and repositories for offline research. They can identify further record sources to be reviewed, create a route map and develop a search strategy. Their knowledge will guide and advise you towards advancing your family history. You’ll come away with a renewed enthusiasm and the assurance that you’re going in the right direction.
Consultations are currently available at our centre or online via video call (e.g. Skype, Zoom, etc), so we can help you from the comfort and safety of your own home, where ever you are in the world.
- 30 minutes – €55
- 60 minutes – €95
- 90 minutes – €135
Consultations in-person and online are available daily, 7 days a week from 12pm – 4pm (Irish time). Consultations at our centre can be a minimum of 1 hour in advance. Online consultations can be booked a minimum of 48 hours in advance.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need?
We always say just bring whatever you have – whether you have a little or a lot. A family tree is a great start for visitors of every level, so feel free to bring along if you have one. 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! That’s where a family tree template can be useful. Map out what you know for sure 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! Our databases have access to records across the globe – 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 – it’s pretty exciting stuff!
Want more? Check out our free online resources to help you begin your journey.
The Irish Family History Centre are our official genealogy partners, and their centre focuses on bringing Irish genealogy and family history to life with their team of dedicated genealogists and decades of experience in helping people unearth their Irish roots.
They have helped countless people find their lost Irish connections, and uncover amazing stories of their ancestors. They’ve also been called upon by US presidents, royalty and Hollywood stars for their expertise.
Below we’ve outlined some of the people stories they’ve helped discover, as well as their advice and tips for starting your own research, or click here to view the full list of our genealogy stories and online resources.
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.
How to become a Family History Detective for Kids
Download our FREE history-at-home Genealogy pack for kids and learn how to become a family history detective.
How the IFHC discovered Joe Biden and Rob & Dave Kearney were long-lost cousins.
How Moneygall gave birth to President Obama
Tom Cruise journey from Hollywood, Dublin to Hollywood, California