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Irish family history

Irish family history

How Irish are you?

Spend some time exploring your Irish family history on our website or in the exhibition's dedicated Irish resource room.

Resource room

(clockwise from top) The Earl of Belmore, the Countess of Belmore, Ladies Florence, Mary, Madeleine and Therese 1868–70 from photograph album, 'Who and what we saw in the Antipodes'. Attributed to Helen Lambert. National Gallery of Australia.

The Irish resource room is located within the Not Just Ned exhibition. In the resource room you can:

  • research your Irish family history
  • tell your Irish story at the video kiosk
  • relax on the comfy lounges and browse the Irish reading material
  • take home a memento from our shop.

The resource room is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Family history specialists are available every Friday from 10am to 3pm to offer research assistance to visitors to the Not Just Ned exhibition.

Online research

We've sorted through some of the many websites developed by and for family history researchers to bring you a quick overview with tips to get you started, a gateway to Irish family history sites, a timeline of key events and surprising pathways to research Irish convict history.

Explore your Irish family history online

Irish family history

Family history series

In conjunction with the Not Just Ned exhibition family history experts shared research tips and tools, using objects in the exhibition as starting points.

Thursday 16 June
Brad Argent. Ancestry.com.au: where do we start?
Brad outlined what's on the Ancestry.com.au website and how to get the best out of it. He also talked about other free online databases that could enhance your family history research without breaking the bank.
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Wednesday 29 June
Dr Perry McIntyre. Irish immigrants from Australian records: the real keys to finding them in Ireland
In the genealogical rush to return to Ireland and where our ancestors were from, records of their lives in Australia were sometimes overlooked. Perry outlined key documents which provide clues to finding ancestral spots in Ireland.
audio_w15 Audio and transcript now online