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History and Family Research Centre
Incorporating Genealogy, Local Studies, and Archives

Contact: Karel Kiely at Phone 045-433602 Fax: 045-431611

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The Kildare Heritage and Genealogy Co. was established in partnership with Kildare County Council, to identify, collect and record historical, archaeological and genealogical information for County Kildare for the purpose of establishing a County Heritage and Genealogical Centre.

The Kildare Heritage Project, sponsored by the Kildare Heritage and Genealogy Co., co-funded by Kildare Co. Council and FÁS, has been running in Newbridge since late 1987. The project is computerising Co. Kildare's genealogical records, including Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland registers; graveyard inscriptions; Griffith's Valuation; Tithe books and the 1901 Census. A professional research service is provided to members of the public both at home and abroad.

Local Studies Department
Contact: Librarian at Phone 045-432690 Mobile: 087-9871046 Fax: 045-431611

The Local Studies Department forms an integral part of the County Library service and ultimately, in partnership with Genealogy and Archives, will become an integral part of the Riverbank Cultural Campus. The Local Studies Collection is currently being extended and will be re-located in the History and Family Research Centre. It will be the focal point for local history research in County Kildare for historians and enthusiasts alike. The new reading room and research facilities will be welcomed by all. The collection will be added to the computerised catalogue on the County Library's Genesis system thus enhancing the service and making it more accessible.

As well as containing an extensive collection of secondary source material the Local Studies Department includes many original sources such as Griffith's Valuation, the Ordnance Survey Maps of the county, the Tithe Applotment Books, photographs from the Lawrence Collection, etc.

Kildare County Council is developing a County Archive Service based at the History and Family Research Centre in Newbridge. In preparing for this, it was first necessary to identify and preserve those public archive collections held in various locations throughout the county. A specially adapted storage facility has now been assigned for the archives at Newbridge. Fortunately quality archive collections have survived for Co. Kildare. These include material relating to the Grand Jury system, the Boards of Guardians and the Rural District Councils.

* The facilities and premises at the History and Family Research Centre are currently being redeveloped. No definite completion date is currently available but it is hoped that the centre will be fully open to the public in summer 2002.


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