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 and overcome some of the stumbling blocks she encountered along the way.
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.
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. Then, they 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 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.
They will give you lots of tips and tricks to make your search easier and their knowledge will help you uncover your family history. You’ll come away with a renewed enthusiasm and the assurance that you’re going in the right direction.
We currently offer consultations either at our centre or online by video call (e.g. Skype, Zoom, etc.), so we can help you from the comfort and safety of your own home, wherever you are in the world.
- 30 minutes – €55
- 60 minutes – €95
- 90 minutes – €135
We offer in-person and online consultations every day, 7 days a week from 10.30am – 5.30pm (Irish time). Consultations at our centre can be booked 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 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!
Why not start right now?
We’ve got lots of 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. Their team of dedicated genealogists has 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 been called upon by everyone from US presidents and royalty to Hollywood stars for their expertise.
Read some of the fascinating stories of the people they’ve helped, get some expert advice and tips for starting your own research or access our FREE genealogy 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.
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