Before you start researching your family history...

Familiarise yourself with the resources available from Guide to our collection and History Online.

Equally important is, understanding the complex land division units in County Cavan from A place in Cavan.



Try to find out the following information before you commence:

Family Name Townland Name Religion    Dates      




Our local studies staff are always available to assist you in your search. However, It is important that you make an appointment by telephone or email before planning a visit to Johnston Central Library to utilise our microfilm readers or hardcopy material. Local Studies can be very busy at times and this will avoid disappointment.


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