Researching Your Family History

Our Family History resources

There are three pieces of information that are vital to locating any information about your family history in Waterford:

  • The name of the family
  • The townland where they lived
  • The approximate date that they lived there

Most family records are organised by or reference a townland name.  Without this information it can be extremely difficult to track down your ancestors. What can also add to the frustration is the issue of common surnames and common first names, repeating through generations.

For more detailed advice on sources for genealogy research in Waterford, we have created a free publication called “Sources for Family History in County Waterford“.

Staff at the Library Service and at the City and County Archive will be happy to make the sources we hold available to researchers.  Staff can also offer any help or advice that they can, but cannot undertake research.

For further guidance, the Library Service provide drop-in family history clinics at Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm and Wednesdays from 3-4pm. To make an appointment, please telephone 0761 10 2975 or e-mail

A list of private researchers is also available from the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland website.

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