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The Mayo Family History Centres - County Mayo, Ireland


Discover the History of
Your Family in Mayo


There are two family history research centres, appointed by the Irish Genealogical Project, to be the official family history research centres for Mayo.


The Mayo North Family Heritage Centre


 Situated near the town of Crossmolina, on the grounds of Enniscoe Estate which also houses a heritage museum and forge.


The Mayo North Family History Research Centre, offers a full service for the Northern half of County Mayo. Its sponsoring body has been to the fore in establishing the Irish Family History Foundation. The centre deals with a huge volume of enquiries resulting from the mass exodus of people to all corners of the world, especially the USA.

Common Surnames in North Mayo

Gallagher, Durkan, McHale, Barrett, McNulty, McNicholas, Brennan, Henry, Doyle, Harkin, Dogherty, Foy, Kelly, Loftus, Gaughan and Lavelle.


The South Mayo Family Research Centre

The South Mayo Family Research Centre is located in the Main Street of Ballinrobe town adjacent to the public library.



The South Mayo Family Research Centre offers a Full Service to enquirers. The centre is amongs the busiest of the Irish Family History Foundation's network of centres, because of the high volume of emigration from South Mayo since the time of the Great Famine and the resultant high volume of enquiries. The centre has computerised over one million records.

Common Surnames in South Mayo

Walsh, Burke, Gibbons, Prendergast, Joyce, Murray, Gallagher, Lydon, Heneghan, Murphy, O'Malley, Kelly, Moran, Duffy, O'Connor, Waldron, Farragher.

Main Records held at the Mayo Family History Centres

The main records include:

  • Roman Catholic records, the earliest of which date from 1794.
  • Church of Ireland (Anglician/Episcopalian) records commencing in 1744
  • Presbyterian records commencing in 1819.
  • Methodist Church records which date from 1829

In addition to these sources the centres also hold:

  • Civil records of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Gravestone Inscriptions
  • Rent rolls
  • School roll-books
  • Tithe Applotment books
  • Griffiths Valuation of Tenements
  • 1901 Census
  • RIC Police indexes
  • Lists of Emigrants and Migrants
  • Old Age Pension Census Search Forms

and a variety of other genealogical sources. The total number of records available at the centres amount to well over a staggering 2 million and is increasing all the time!


Both centres specialise in the production of individually researched Family History Reports researched by a team of dedicated and professional genealogical researchers. You can commission your exclusive Report by simply filling in the application form on this site.

The map below shows the major towns and the division between the areas served by the Mayo North Family Heritage Centre and South Mayo Family Research Centre.

If you are unsure which area of Mayo your ancestors originated from you can contact the North or South Mayo centre and they will pass your enquiry on to the appropiate centre .

Mayo Family History Centres

| The Centres | Return to your Roots | What is a Family History Report? |

Sample Report
| Contents | Introduction | Page 2 | Page 5 |

Ordering a Report
| Order Form | Information Sheet 1 | Information Sheet 2 |

New for 2003
Mayo Births & Baptisms Search

To find out more about the centres, you can contact them at: 

Mayo North Family Heritage Centre
Co Mayo

Tel: + 353 (0) 96 31809
Fax: + 353 (0) 96 31885

South Mayo Family Research Centre
Main Street
Co Mayo

Tel: + 353 (0) 94 954 1214
Fax: + 353 (0) 94 954 1214



Mayo Family History Centres

are members of the

Irish Family History Foundation.

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