Update on Biographical Indexing Project of Clare Champion 1903-1935

Clare Library Local Studies Centre has seen a significant increase in usage of their Microfilm Readers in the last 6 months as Clare Roots Volunteers busily work on their transcription of the early years of Clare Champion publications.Over 25 enthusiastic team members, some new to transcription, have been creating a database of Biographical Notices published in the early years, 1903-1935. The thirty one years covered by the Project are well advanced with over 2/3 of the years completed.Final transcriptions are expected in the course of October 2015 when the database will be handed over to our Project Partners, Clare County…


World genealogy experts confirmed for Third International Family History Conference in Clare in 2016

The third International family history conference “Diaspora of the Wild Atlantic Way” will take place in Ennis on the Friday 23rd to Saturday 24th September 2016. Hosted by the Clare Roots Society, who are celebrating their 10th year in 2016, the keynote speaker will be renowned author and genealogy blogger Dick Eastman from the USA, who is making his first trip to Ireland. Dick is the author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter which is published daily. He has been involved in genealogy for over 30 years Another significant speaker will be the famous Scottish genealogist and author of over 30…


Ruan local history group holds regular winter meetings

The Ruan local history group held its first 2015 meeting on 12-Feb-2015 and plans to meet every Wednesday night at 8.30 in Morty Kelly’s bar in Ruan during the winter months. The objective of the group is to record all information available on the townlands of Ruan and Dysart. This information will, in time, be put on exhibition and maybe even make it into print.Call Linda Hogan at 086 8748845 or email her at for further information.


The Clare Roots Society, brainchild of Ennis man Larry Brennan, was formed in April 2006 as an amateur family history, genealogy and heritage group in County Clare. The Society meets once a month in Ennis, and now has well over 100 members. Anyone with an interest in tracing their family tree is welcome to join. Some members are experienced genealogists while others are novices in the field. In addition to local members, we have some 'virtual' members who live overseas but who follow our genealogy activities via email, and dream that they are in County Clare*. Many of these overseas members participate heavily in Society transcription projects. Activities of the Clare Roots Society are advertised in the local press and in the Ennis Cathedral bulletin. The society works in partnership with Clare County Library in order to add to the wonderful fund of genealogy information already available on its website www.clarelibrary.ie

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* Individuals who live abroad and wish to participate in the Society's projects (e.g. transcription projects) can become members by sending their names, addresses and email addresses to the Secretary. Their names will then be put on the mailing list so that they are kept advised of Society events and projects. Until or unless they become resident in Ireland they will be exempt from the annual Society subscription. An annual subscription fee is levied on members who are resident in Ireland and thus able to participate in the Society's activities in person.