The North Tipperary Genealogy Centre is located in the Governors House of the old Gaol in Nenagh. The Genealogy Centre provides a family history research service for people tracing their Irish ancestors who originated in North Tipperary. The North Tipperary Genealogy Centre located in the Governors House of the old Gaol in Nenagh. It is run under the auspices of the North Tipperary County Council.The Genealogy Centre provides a family history research service for people tracing their Irish ancestors who originated in North Tipperary. Nora O’Meara, Professional Genealogist has been managing the service since its inception over 25 years ago.
Over the years thousands of people have engaged the Genealogy Centre to undertake family history research for their North Tipperary roots. There is a similar Genealogy Centre in almost every County in Ireland. One of the unique attributes of the Local County Genealogy Centres is the local knowledge of the professional Genealogist who manage these Centres and the contacts they have established over the years in the local parishes who help identify the old homestead or living relatives of the clients.
Emigration has been a dominating feature of Irish life for almost four centuries, and has left us an unmistakable legacy. It is estimated that 8 million left Ireland between 1800 and 1921 to settle mainly in Britain, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. The Irish Diaspora is to be found in every corner of the world. Their desire to find out where they come from and to re-connect with the land of their ancestors has led to an explosion in the area of genealogical research. Many Irish people at home also have a desire to find out more about their ancestors. People want to know where they came from. Who they are related to and where their ancestors lived. What the social, political, economic and cultural conditions of that era were like.
The Centre has computerized all the main genealogical sources pertaining to North Tipp these include church baptismal and marriage records all denominations, civil births, deaths and marriages, the Tithe Applotment Books (1830s), the Griffiths/Primary Valuations Lists (1850s), the 1901 Census Records, all Gravestone Inscriptions for North Tipperary (exclusive to the centre) Several other important sources like the 1650 civil survey, 1660 Hearth Money rolls and the 1840s Poor Law Rate Books, Street Directories, and the Nenagh Guardian births, deaths and marriages from 1838 to 1864 have also been computerized.