Auckland Libraries: Irish genealogy

Starting research in Irish records

Wednesday 5 August 10am to 12pm Free

Join online or in person to hear Irish genealogist John Grenham explain how to get started with your Irish family history.

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Irish research has long had a well-deserved reputation as impossibly difficult. No more. It is now easier than ever before. The talk is a practical demonstration by a working professional Irish genealogist of the tips and tricks that can unlock Irish records, showing that almost everyone with Irish ancestors can take their family back to the second quarter of the nineteenth century easily and, for the most part, for free. 

John GrenhamJohn Grenham

John Grenham came to professional genealogy in 1981, as one of the panel of Genealogical Office researchers and later worked for Hibernian Research. As in-house researcher for the Genealogical Office in 1990-91, he was instrumental in setting up the GO Consultation Service, the forerunner of the current Advisory Services in the National Library and National Archives. He joined APGI, the forerunner to AGI, in 1988. 

He was Project Manager with the Irish Genealogical Project from 1991 to 1995 and later went on to develop and market his own genealogical software, Grenham’s Irish Recordfinder. He ran the Irish Times Irish Ancestors website from 1998 to 2016. It now runs on his own site. In 2005, he was the first Genealogist-in-Residence at Dublin City Library. He was awarded a fellowship of The Irish Genealogical Research Society in 2007 and of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in 2010. 

Among his publications are the standard guide to Irish genealogy, Tracing your Irish Ancestors (5th ed.2012), Clans and Families of Ireland (1995),Generations (1996), “The Genealogical Office and its Records” in The Genealogical Office , (1999), Grenham’s Irish Surnames (CD-ROM, 2003) and numerous articles and columns in the UK magazine Your Family Tree. He wrote the “Irish Roots” column and blog in The Irish Times between 2009 and 2016 (archived here). The blog is now at In 2011, along with Irish Times Training, he developed and launched an online genealogical course. In 2011 and 2014, he was co-presenter of the RTE television programme “The Genealogy Roadshow“. Between 2014 and 2019, he delivered seven ten-week diploma in family history courses at City Colleges in Dublin. His website is

John is also a headline speaker for the Auckland Family History Expo.

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Join us in person in the Whare Wananga L2 Central City Library. Email to book (booking essential) 

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