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Irish Ancestry Research


Although the Irish Ancestry branch is resting at the moment, the members have continued with their work of transcribing Catholic church registers for the society unabated and have continued to give talks about Irish research at the beginners' courses.

Catholic Church Registers

This has been - and still is - a major for the society and the volunteers from the Irish section have amassed knowledge, skills and competence whilst reading and translating the older registers. The Index can be searched using the orange 'search' button above and transcriptions are also available in the shop as CDs or downloads.


We study and research the past but we use the best of modern technology to do this. Our new website is making it easier than ever to search over 2.7 million records and is opening a new chapter of making more information accessible to members and non-members. Follow our Blog where we will introduce new additions to our collections.


Our partnership with Archives+ at the Manchester Central Library has helped us to scan, transcribe, index and make available more records than ever. We also work with many other organisations to save or open up archives that have previously been difficult to access. Have a look at our current list of Partners and the archives being transcribed.

Help and Advice

At the Manchester Central Library we have exclusive use of a suite of computers each weekday between 10.30am and 3.30am (holidays and pandemics excluded). Our experienced staff are happy to help with all kinds of family and local history questions. Our Virtual Helpdesk is also open to everyone who cannot access the Library.

Private Research

Since 1964 our flagship quarterly journal has recorded and printed members' research and to made it available to other members. The archives are a valuable resource and fully indexed online. Every member of the Society receives a copy of The Manchester Genealogist quarterly, to which every branch of the society contributes.

Upcoming Events in Irish Ancestry

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