OFFALY HISTORICAL and ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Telephone: 057-9321421
Opening hours 9 a.m-4.30 p.m Mon-Friday Office and Family History
Library openings 2pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri by appointment only
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For more information check out our MEMBERSHIP AREA.
Recent and Upcoming Events
Offaly History were at the National Ploughing Festival, Tullamore 2016
Lovely books, maps and DVDs and not only about Offaly. Good discounts for farmers. Discover Rural Ireland today.
Online Archives Catalogue
We launched an online catalogue for archives in August 2016 which is available at www.offalyhistoryarchives.com. It is a work in progress and many more archival descriptions will be added to the database as soon as collections have been catalogued.
It also hosts, in conjunction with Offaly County Council Heritage Office and with the kind permission of Lord Digby of Minterne, Dorset, digitised images from the Digby Irish Estates Papers, the originals of which remain in Dorset. This is a marvellous resource for researching 19th and early 20th century Offaly, and over 1000 images of rental accounts for the Geashill Estate 1857-1872 are already online, with many more to come in the months ahead.
Offaly History and Offaly Heritage Office would like to acknowledge the support of the Heritage Council for sponsoring both the initial digitisation of the rental volumes and the ongoing archives work in Offaly History.
Offaly Historical Society is the designated research centre for the counties of Offaly (formerly called King’s County) and Laois (formerly called Queen’s County). The Centre offers a full research service. All initial enquiries are answered promptly within 2 – 3 working days and you will be advised how much information is located within all the Church Records, Civil Records, census records, some graveyard records and all other sources that are available at our centre. Our head research officer Margaret has sixteen years experience working in family history. She also has a wealth of local knowledge and is on hand to advise on the local area.
Enquirers can write to us with their request to Offaly History. Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Ireland or fill in an application form on our website here or why don’t you email Margaret your family history request- The name of the family, the location, the dates or any information you know and she will search all records available and let you know how much information she may uncover on your ancestors. The fee for this initial assessment is €10.
She will advise if there is enough information uncovered to compile a family history report and put together in a book form, to include a map of the parish where your family came from, also photos of the area long ago. if you require baptismal certificates, she will furnish you with the name of the Parish Priest.
Offaly History Books for Sale Catalogue (PDF Format, Downloadable)