The East Galway Family History Society CLG is located in the village of Woodford in southeast county Galway.  The Society is based at the Woodford Heritage Centre, a community owned former school building dating back to 1834 located on Barkhill, at the southern end of the village.  An iron bar donated by Declan Walsh, Woodford dated 1681 is on display outside the centre. 

The Society was set up in 1991 to provide a family history research service for national and international clients through the collection, transcription and computerisation of historical records for the east Galway area.  It is a designated centre of the Irish Family History Foundation.  The Society provides customers the opportunity to avail of their in-house experienced researchers by visiting the Woodford Heritage Centre or by sending research requests via email or post.  Prior to a visit, it is advisable to ring in advance and make an appointment with a researcher to avoid disappointment.  Additionally, to expedite all research requests, it is recommended that the Research Form which is available by clicking on the Services/Research Form link should be completed where possible and sent via email or post to the Centre.  On receipt of the completed form and nominal fee, our researchers will conduct a preliminary examination of all the available records and revert back accordingly, outlining the search results and other relevant fees, if applicable.  Dependent on the available records, the researcher may be in a position to provide copies of individual records or compile an in-depth bespoke family history report.  A report will normally consist of all available historical Church, Civil, Land and Census records and may also contain maps of the area, family trees and photographs and any other relevant information.  A report can also include family photographs, memorial cards, marriage agreements and other historical documents supplied by the client.

The Society is a not-for-profit organisation with all income generated being used to enhance and improve the services provided by the Society for the local community and visitors alike.  The Society has carried out genealogical research on behalf of a considerable number of clients over the years.  People from countries such as the USA, New Zealand, Canada, Mauritius, Hong Kong, and Japan have availed of the ancestral research services available at the Centre.   

Additionally, the Society promotes tourism, business and heritage awareness in the east Galway area and also participates in local and national events in heritage related activities.  The Society has scanned and made available historical photographs donated by members of the east Galway area and has for the past number of years published bi-lingual annual calendars containing many unseen photographs of east Galway and hope to continue to do so in the future.  At our centre in Woodford we have the most extensive range of source material available for east Galway.  Please note that Church records of baptisms, marriages and deaths/burials vary from parish to parish.
• Roman Catholic Church records – baptisms, marriages and deaths, commencing 1799 to 1917 approximately.
• Church of Ireland records – baptisms, marriages and burials, commencing 1747 to circa 1900.
• Civil records – births, marriages and deaths, commencing 1864 to 1911 approximately.

 Please click here to see some testimonials from people who have used our research services and click the youtube link to view a video about our services. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4Dhup3Pi4k


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