Irish Research Trips
National Library - Dublin
Titanic Museum - Belfast
Are you considering a trip to Ireland to visit your ancestral homeland? Do your plans include some time for research? If this is your first trip to Ireland, consider an escorted research trip. Having someone who is familiar with the area and repositories will make your trip more productive. It’s also nice to have other people with similar interests with whom you can share meals and research successes. If you are traveling with others who are not interested in research, there's plenty of local places of interest or tours in which to participate.
I've been taking groups to Ireland to research since 2012. This is a research trip, and not a tour. Each day is spent in a repository where you can conduct research in sources that are not available online. You can choose to research in Dublin or Belfast; or if you have ancestors in both locations, do both trips. After you've had the opportunity to research, I encourage you to consider traveling on your own to the area where your ancestors lived. Although the major repositories are located in Dublin and Belfast, there are also wonderful County Libraries and Archives closer to where your ancestors lived.
Information on the 2020 trip is now available and reservations are being accepted. Each trip is limited to 15 researchers and non-researching companions are welcome (based on hotel availability). As noted on the 2020 page, the Dublin trip in 2020 has a limited number of twin rooms, so if you plan to share a room with another researcher, reserve your spot as soon as possible. You can find the information for 2020 here or by using the drop down menu at the top of the page.
Guest blogs from previous trips
Comments from previous trips…
“The trip was great from beginning to end and the attention that you gave to everyone’s individual research throughout the week was beyond my expectations."
"I could never have navigated all these repositories in a week without the orientation and support you provided. It would have taken me several trips and far greater expense to find the documents and information I found in one week with you. This was a fabulous opportunity. Thank you for making it available to us.”
“Donna was very knowledgeable and I learned so much about what and where I should be researching.”
"The orientation at the NLI was good and help me to find and use the resources I wanted to look at. At the National Archives, I did not know what to look at. It was helpful when we were showed the different indexes and resources and where they were located. The trip was a great experience, thank you.”
“All the help that was given, (esp. by Donna), and the various staff people, defiantly made our trip to both Belfast, and Dublin a howling success. !!!”
"Fantastic trip, loved every minute of it, your knowledge , help and company was very much appreciated and I thank you very much."