The Family History Research Unit at The North Mayo Heritage and Genealogical Centre is the premier resource for genealogical research in the North Mayo, Ireland. The Family History Research Unit works with clients world wide who are keen to trace their roots from County Mayo.

The Centre has compiled a complete database of all the major genealogical resources relating to North Mayo, most of which are not available online. The database contains 1.2 million records. Records for the remaining parishes of County Mayo are held at the South Mayo Family History Centre in Ballinrobe.

What sort of records do they hold?

The North Mayo Heritage Centre hold records of births, baptisms, marriages, confirmations, consanguinities, deaths, burials, graves, court and land taxation records, some rental records, newspaper records, parish magazines, local history books and access to a vast array of records from overseas, especially the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The Parishes of North Mayo

Irish records fall into two categories: Church Records and Civil Records. Both use a system of parishes to divide the county into administrative areas.

The Civil Parishes of County Mayo – Source:

The North Mayo Heritage Centre cover 29 Roman Catholic parishes which comprise the northern half of County Mayo, from Achill in the west to Carracastle, near Knock Airport, in the east.  The Centre have a number of records sets which are NOT online, most of these pertain to the 20th century. The Centre also have access to a local newspaper archive which is very useful for researching.

Can they assist you if you live outside Ireland and unable to travel to Ireland this year?

Absolutely. The North Mayo Heritage Centre have produced all levels of research, from small single issue projects to comprehensive family histories for clients whom we have never met in person, and who have never visited Ireland. All of their research services are available to you regardless of whether you can travel or not.


The North Mayo Heritage Centre
County Mayo

Phone: 00353 96 31809