Clare Heritage and Genealogical Research Centre, Corofin, County Clare Ireland


Discover the History of
Your Family in County Clare


The Genealogical Research Centre

The Centre is situated in the picturesque village of Corofin, just 8 miles north from the county town of Ennis.

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.

Main Genealogical Sources

  • All available Roman Catholic Church Records (Baptismal & Marriage) (pre 1900) for the 47 Clare Parishes.
  • 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 entries (R.Reid).
  • Clare Journal Newspaper (1779 -1900) Birth, Marriage and Death Notices.
  • Tombstone Inscriptions from approx 80 Clare graveyards.
  • Access to 19th century Workhouse Records.
  • Reports on some Convict Trials.
  • Many Clare Wills.
  • Ordnance Survey Maps showing Parish and Townland boundaries.
  • 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 CIare.

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 Material.

Below is a photo of the official opening of the Clare Heritage & Genealogical Research Centre in July 1993 by the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson.

Official opening of the Clare Heritage & Genealogy Research Centre









Example of a Family History Report

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What People Say - comments from some of the
many people who have used the services of the
Clare Heritage & Genealogical Research Centre


    Genealogical Centre
    Church Street
    County Clare


    Tel: + 353 (0) 65 6837955
    Fax: + 353 (0) 65 6837540

The centre is open year round Monday to Friday 9am - 5.30pm