Schools collection online at

On the Clare Past forum at Matthew MacNamara has flagged that has put the Schools Collection online (see ). This consists of local lore and traditions material collected in Irish rural primary schools in 1938. It's jam-pack-full of local history in narrative form. The website is very…

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Advanced Notice of the CRS Lecture for November--Mark your calendars--'NOT TO BE MISSED!'

The Clare Roots Society Lecture on November 21st 2019 will be of great interest to all Clare family genealogists.'Emigration to Ellis Island from County Clare' by Jane Halloran RyanThis talk will discuss the emigration process for Irish emigrants through Ellis Island during the late 19th century and into the 20th…

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Clare Archaeological and Historical Society Lectures 2019 / 2020

Clare Archaeological and Historical Society Lectures 2019 / 2020Tuesday 8th October 2019‘From Workhouse to Nursery: The County Clare Mother and Baby Home 1922 to 1932’ – by Rita McCarthy.Covering the post-war Independence amalgamation of social services within County Clare and in particular the transformation of Kilrush workhouse into a Mother…

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Planning a visit to Clare - a vade mecum

Genealogists visiting Clare might like to browse the Check-list and Tips for Family Historians Intending to Visit Clare in the Clare County Library "Clare Past" forum. Apart from Clare research tips it lists some important points that one might like to take into account when planning the trip. It's a…

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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 had over 390 members by November 2017. 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

* Individuals will be put on the CRS Mailing List as an 'Associate Member' so that they are kept advised of Society events and projects.

International 'Associate Members" will be exempt form the annual Society subscription fee until they become resident in Ireland.  Residents of Ireland who can participate in the Societies meetings and activities become 'Members" of CRS thorugh payment of the annual subscription.



For the convenience of Irish residents, membership fees can be submitted on-line via PayPal by clicking on the button below.

Donations: some people who have been delighted with the assistance they have received from CRS members have asked to be able to donate to the Society. They can now do so via PayPal by clicking on the Donate button below. Donations to the Society allow us to finance, for example, projects, equipment, speakers' honoraria and expenses, and the acquisition of data collections.






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