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Archives and Libraries

for genealogical and local historical research concerning county Meath.

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(A) National Centres. In all cases material is consulted on a reference basis on the premises. No loans.

National Archives,
Bishop Street, Dublin 2.
+353-1- .
Formally known as Public Records Office.
Main repository for original documents. Free. Open Mon -Fri, 10am to 5pm. Staff very helpful. Will explain request system and show the catalogues, etc.
Vast collection inc. censuses, Parish registers, school records, Valuation Office records 1826-1851, extant wills, etc.

National Library of Ireland,
Kildare St., Dublin 2.
Main repository of printed material. Free. Requires registration, but one day visitor passes available. Staff very helpful, but you need to know what you are looking for.
Huge collection, well catalogued. Books, maps, photographs. The place to begin your research.

Manuscript Reading Room,

Kildare St., Dublin 2.
Part of the National Library housed nearby. Free. Requires separate reader's ticket. Prior knowledge of requirements essential.
Well catalogued. Some items very ancient (pre-1300). Many original estate maps with tenant's names.

Genealogical Office,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Research service on a fee basis.
Houses small display area on well known Irish families.

Registry of Deeds,
Henrietta St., Dublin, 1.
Established 1708. Concerns land transfers. Nominal charge on a daily basis.
Names index of land grantors after 1708. County index of lands.

Irish Lands Commission,

Dept.of Agriculture House,
Kildare St., Dublin 2.
Records current and past land tenures and sales. Used mainly for contemporary purposes. Documents have been catalogued.
Catalogue available in the National Library.

Gilbert Collection,
Pearse St. Public Library,
Dublin 2.
Free. Open Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm.
Large collection relating to Dublin. Various street directories listing traders, etc. from 1700, newspapers, Maps, prints, etc.

Trinity College Dublin,
Dublin 2, Ireland.
Not generally accessible to the public for research.
Huge collection of material.

Royal Irish Academy,
19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
Passes available for researchers (see web site).
Large library.

Central Catholic Library,
74 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Nominal fee for use of library facilities.
Large collection of books, especially relating to Church history, etc.

Church Representative Body Library ,
Church Avenue, Upper Rathmines, Dublin 6.
Colection of material and documents relating to Anglican history in Ireland.


(B) Meath.

County Library,
Navan, Co. Meath.
Has reference room with specialised research material on the county.

Diocesan Archives,

Mullingar, Westmeath.
Free, but by appointment.
Material on Catholic parishes, mainly this century.


(C) Societies.

To date no amateur historical societies have an internet presence. 

Meath Archaeological and Historical Society

Premier society within the county. Produces Ríocht na Mídhe, an annual journal of articles concerning county history.

Ashbourne Historical Society

Local society, holds monthly meetings and an annual outing. New members welcome.


(D) Genealogical Services

These organisations operate on a fee-paying basis, although initial inquiries are often free.

Meath Heritage and Genealogy Centre

Mill Street.
Trim. Co Meath. Ireland.
+353 (0)46 36633

A privately run research business which specialises in tracing Meath family ancestors.

Celtic Origins,

15 Adelaide St.,
Dún Laoighaire,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Genealogical research company.


(E) Reference material.

These are my personal choices, and are related primarily to Meath or have good sections detailing Meath.

Tracing the Past
William Nolan
An invaluble guide to local history sources.

Medieval Ireland c. 1170-1495
P.W.A. Asplin
Although primarily a catalogue of works on the medieval period, the references often apply to later centuries.

Register of the Abbey of St. Thomas, Dublin.
John Gilbert (ed.)
Full text of register in medieval Latin. Comprehensive references to land owners in 12th and 13th centuries.

A Short History of South-East Meath
Oliver Cogan
Detailed listing of parishes and townlands for this part of the county.

Register of the Abbey of St. Thomas, Dublin.
John Gilbert (ed.)
Full text of register in medieval Latin. Comprehensive references to land owners in 12th and 13th centuries.