Is there a doctor in your family tree? If so we may be able to help you find out more about them and their medical career.
Our unique collection of sources means we can trace Irish medical ancestors.
You can commission research from us, or we can help you carry out your own research in our reading room.
This guide details the types of records we hold in the collections, and the sort of information you are likely to find in them.
For an administrative fee of €30, we’ll carry out a search of our main genealogy resources and, where appropriate, provide references to any additional sources identified. Please bear in mind that searches may result in a negative yield. Simply complete this form and return to us.
If you want to carry out your research in person you can do so in our reading room, where Heritage Centre staff will be able to provide assistance. We are open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, and we do ask researchers to make an appointment in advance.
As with any family history research, it is important to provide as much information as possible; this will help speed up your search and increase the chances of finding relevant information.
Useful information to know before starting a search includes:
Below are the sources we use for genealogical research, all of which are free to use by the public.
A unique collection of newspaper cuttings, manuscript notes and extracts from printed work relating to individual Irish medics. The index contains approximately 10,000 names from the earlier time to the 1950s.
Published since 1852, these contain details of all doctors registered in the British Isles. We also hold earlier Irish Medical directories, dating from 1843 and 1846.
Our registers list all doctors who have been admitted to RCPI as Licentiates, Members, Fellows or Honorary Fellows since 1692. The information contained in the registers usually consists of a name, with a date of admission. Sometimes an address, qualifications or date of death is included.
Our library holds a number of printed works that can be useful in tracing Irish medics, including:
Our substantial archive relates both to the history of RCPI and other medical institutions in Ireland.
References to individual doctors may be found in various parts of the archive; particularly important for genealogical research are the hospital and College records.
Harriet is Keeper of Collection and manages the RCPI Heritage Centre. Contact Harriet with any questions about the Heritage Centre, its collection and to make an appointment to visit.