Discover the History
Your Family in County Clare
The Genealogical Research
The Centre is situated in the picturesque village of
Corofin, just 8 miles north from the county town of
The Clare Heritage and Genealogical Research Centre was
founded in 1982 by the late Dr. Ignatius (Naoise) Cleary and
is now recognised nationally and internationally as the
leading Centre of it's kind in the Country. The Centre
offers a professional service to persons wishing to trace
their Clare ancestry. Towards this, we, as a voluntary
organised, non-profit making group have over the past number
of years indexed all available Parish Registers for the 47
Clare parishes. We now hold data on just over 500,000 people
who were born in this county during the 19th and into the
middle of the 2Oth century. The age and condition of these
records vary from Parish to Parish, with some of our records
dating back as early as 1802. However, as Civil Recording of
Births, Marriages and Deaths do not begin until 1864, these
Parish Records remain the main source of Genealogical Data
here in Ireland.
- All available Roman Catholic Church Records
(Baptismal & Marriage) (pre 1900) for the 47 Clare
- All available Church of Ireland Records.
- Tithe Applotment Land Records (1820's).
- Griffith Valuation Land Records (1855)
- 1901 Census.
- Civil Records - Marriages and Deaths
(1864-1995) and Births (1900 -1950)
- New South Wales Archives (1848 -1869) 6,000
- Clare Journal Newspaper (1779 -1900) Birth,
Marriage and Death Notices.
- Tombstone Inscriptions from approx 80 Clare
- Access to 19th century Workhouse Records.
- Reports on some Convict Trials.
- Many Clare Wills.
- Ordnance Survey Maps showing Parish and
- Reference Library (including: Landed Gentry,
Irish Surnames, Histories of Co. Clare and it's parishes,
various Family Histories, etc).
- Current Register of Electors listing the
people who to-day reside in the townlands of Co
We house the most comprehensive research material held at
any one Centre to enable persons with Clare roots to trace
their ancestry. We are continually adding to our Source
Below is a photo of the
official opening of the Clare Heritage & Genealogical
Research Centre in July 1993 by the President of Ireland,