Established in 1982, the Clare Heritage and Genealogy Centre at Church Street, Corofin, County Clare was the brainchild of a truly remarkable and acclaimed Clareman – the late Dr. Naoise Cleary. The idea took shape in the 1970’s, when Naoise undertook the task of indexing the local Baptismal and Marriage records so that the Parish Priest might more conveniently cope with an increasing load of enquiries from people of Corofin ancestry who had left to live overseas. This was a time when people everywhere were becoming interested in their roots and like everybody else, Clare people abroad were seeking information on their forbears. As he worked, Dr. Cleary discovered a vast store of long-lost genealogical information – and he began the painstaking task of transcribing the Parish Registers (Baptismal & Marriage) for the 47 Parishes in County Clare.
The Clare Heritage & Genealogy Centre now holds the largest collection of genealogical material housed in any one place, enabling people with County Clare roots the chance to trace their forbears. The Parish Registers (Baptismal & Marriage) from all of County Clare’s 47 Parishes, form the core of a unique database that includes a range of Civil Records (Births, Marriages & Deaths), Land-Property Records dating back to the early part of the 19th Century, Census Returns, Newspaper Records, School Registers, Gravestone Inscriptions, old Ordnance Survey Maps, as well as insightful historical facts on all Parishes in the County.
The Clare Heritage & Genealogy Centre specialises in the production of individually-researched Family History Reports. The final report is written in a narrative style, presented in beautiful ‘bound book’ format and includes copies of original documents.