Whilst the Clare Roots Society cannot answer general genealogical queries or do genealogical research into Clare families for third parties, members of the Society can occasionally assist family historians who have already done some research on their roots in County Clare and may hope to visit the County to plod their ancestors' sod. Those with a query may contact the secretary of the Clare Roots Society at , giving the names of their families, the locality in the County and a synopsis of the information they have about those families. The secretary will then see whether there is a member of the Society who is familiar with their locality in the County and its families and who would be in a position to help.


  1. For those doing their own research we would recommend starting with the following two web links:



  1. Other useful genealogy links for general research are listed here:



Irish Genealogy (free National website): http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/


National Library of Ireland: http://registers.nli.ie/


Ireland Reaching Out: http://www.irelandxo.com


John Grenham's Blog: http://www.johngrenham.com/blog


Schools’ Folklore Collection: www.duchas.ie This covers the Folklore Collection project undertaken in primary schools all over Ireland in 1937/38 by County and by school. FREE.


FamilySearch: https://www.familysearch.org/


this website is run by the LDS Church. Well worth looking at due to the large number of records from all over the world that it has access to. The site also offers an excellent Family Tree template, particularly useful for researchers wanting to start a Tree. FREE.


Ellis Island Records: www.ellisisland.org. Database of all those who travelled through Ellis Island from 1892. Very often, names of those who they were going to reside with were included on the information form. In addition, family names can be given, also nearest relative in Ireland (listed in the 1920s Ship Lists) and other information. FREE.


The Ancestor Hunt: https://www.theancestorhunt.com/ This site is very useful for newspaper research with links to many other useful collections. FREE.


Fulton Postcards: www.fultonhistory.org This website is very good for finding information about ancestors who may have emigrated and remained in New York. Searchable by: townland, parish, county, address of last residence, and name. Continuously updated and FREE.


World War I & II Draft Records: http://www.ancestry.com available online, another good resource for males born between 1877-1900 (circa for World War I). They list the draftee’s name, date of birth, place of birth, physical description, status, residence and next-of-kin. SUBSCRIPTION.



  1. Newspaper resources for researchers:


Irish Newspapers: www.irishnewsarchives.com


British and Irish Newspapers: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/


Australian Newspapers: https://trove.nla.gov.au/ AUSTRALIAN research is greatly enhanced by TROVE… encompassing all manner of treasures.. digitised newspapers, diaries, books, maps, music, etc. & extremely valuable government gazettes, all FREE.   


Find My Past: www.findmypast.ie also has a newspaper collection including the Clare Journal.


My Heritage: http: https://www.myheritage.com/


has a very good newspaper collection of U.S. newspapers.


U.S. City Directories: were another resource noted for trying to find people between Census years. They are available under https://www.ancestry.com/


They will list a name and residence. Some directories for smaller U.S. cities will also note where a former resident moved to and/or if they died the previous year. SUBSCRIPTION.