You are already a member of the McGrath Clan as a right of your heritage.
However, we are obliged by the Board of Clans of Ireland to maintain a list of registered members, our mailing list is a great way for us to continue to develop and promote our McGrath heritage.
You receiving email newsletters from the McGrath Clan Association with information about the Clan. The information you provide will not be used for any other purposes.
To register as a member of the McGrath Clan please email with the following information:
Your Name and Mailing Address
Your Email Address
Location and Date of earliest know McGrath ancestor.(if known)

Email the information to:

Please note, the next International Clan Gathering of the McGrath Clan will be in 2019 in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, Ireland.
Website for the event is


Free Online Genealogy Resources

With thanks to Waterford County Museum

This should be of help to members of the McGrath Clan
This website is hosted by the Archives & Records Association, Ireland in order to provide a practical and interesting online information service on archival material and archive services in Ireland.
The Irish Archives Resource (IAR) is an online database which contains searchable archival descriptions.
The purpose of the IAR Portal is to:
Allow users to locate archives and records that are relevant to their research
Increase the use of archives by directing researchers to the relevant Archives Services
Encourage the development and publication of comprehensive, standardised archive descriptions
This includes births, marriages and deaths for the entire island from 1864 (1845 for non-Catholic marriages) to 1921.
From 1922 to 1958 inclusive, it covers only the Republic of Ireland.
Irish church register records in a free to access database. So far only for some parts of counties Kerry, Cork, Dublin and Carlow.
This is a state-sanctioned version – the one used by General Register Office staff – of the Irish civil registration indexes. It’s known as the ‘enhanced’ version, because it includes maiden names of mothers from 1900 and presents post-1882 marriages with the names of both bride and groom together. However, this version makes available only the ‘historical records’ ie births up to 100 years ago, marriages up to 75 years ago, and deaths up to 50 years ago.
Contains the best sites for searching Northern Ireland Records
Irish Catholic Parish Church Registers
The household returns and ancillary records for the censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911, which are in the custody of the National Archives of Ireland.
The first full scale valuation of property in Ireland.
They were compiled between 1823 and 1837 in order to determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland (the main Protestant church and the church established by the State until its dis-establishment in 1871).
A community based heritage project which digitally records and publishes historic graveyard surveys and stories.
Connaught and Munster Landed Estates Database.
British Newspaper Archive of Waterford and other newspapers.
Lismore Estate Records – Link to National Archives of Ireland.
Local Newspapers.
Burial Records for Waterford City (Ballinanheesha), Tramore, Ardmore, Lismore and Butlerstown. Death Registers 1864 – early 1900’s.
Thompson’s Funeral Books – Waterford City, Tramore and East Waterford.
Lismore Castle Estate Emigration Records Search
Plus the Trade Directories        Piggott, 1824
Shearman, 1839
Slater, 1846, 1956 and 1881
Harvey, 1877
Egan, 1894
Thoms, 1909-1910
Irish Military Online Collections:
Military Service Pensions Collection
Bureau of Military History (1913 – 1921)
Maps, Plans & Drawings Collection
Military Archives Image Identification Project
Irish Army Census Collection 1922
Easter 1916 An tÓglách Accounts
An tÓglách Magazine
Military Archives Image Gallery
Royal Munster Fusiliers Website         Irish Maritime Resource        Irish Merchant Seamen 1918 – 1921
The Ellis Island Passenger Database. Online database of 22 million passengers and crew members who went through Ellis Island, America’s official immigration reception centre from 1892 to 1924.
Castle Garden Passenger Arrival Records. contain the details of about 10 million people who passed through Castle Garden, America’s first official immigration reception centre. It opened in 1855 but the records (which are not complete) date from 1830 to 1892 and are transcribed, rather than digital images of original documents. The site is free to use.
Records of 100,000 unaccompanied girls/ladies who arrived in USA

Search more than 10 million records free.
All archives including Army records after 1913.
British Army WW1 Service Records, 1914-1920 (Soldiers)
Get a copy of British military record.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website.


We’d like to thank Waterford County Museum for this document and hope it will help some people in their search. The Museum have been very good friends to the McGrath Clan Gathering. Each year, they put beautiful and informative exhibitions, telling the story of our history.

The McGrath DNA project was launched in Waterford County Museum, which is located in Dungarvan.

To be kept informed about the activities of the McGrath Clan, send an email to


McGrath International Clan Gathering 2019

The Clan Gathering is very important in the annals of the McGrath Clan, and also in the broader context of promoting the rich history and cultural heritage of the Clan.
Our 2016 gathering in Dungarvan was a landmark event and was attended by McGraths and variants of the name from nine countries, their extended families and friends. Some of the attendees were the first members of their family to set foot on Irish soil in over 150 years. It offered McGrath Clan members the chance to celebrate with their namesakes and kinsmen from all over the world.
Our next official gathering in 2019 is back in Dungarvan, which proved to be the prefect location for our event. It a wonderful opportunity to mix and mingle with McGraths, hear their stories in an area with so much McGrath heritage. Don’t miss it !
To be put on the mailing list, drop an email to and/or go to

As we start working on letting people know about the next International McGrath Clan gathering, this is just one of the many nice comments received about our 2016 event in Dungarvan.
“Thank you for the perfect McGrath Clan orientation of Ireland. We loved meeting the local McGraths and all of the McGraths who came from all over the world to celebrate our common history. The company, entertainment, information-sharing, and hospitality were outstanding during our entire visit. Thank you, Dan, to you and your family for all of your time and effort for putting this together for us!”

DNA Talk at the Mc Grath Clan Gathering June 2016


Using DNA for your Family History

-Ann Marie Coghlan – member APG


What Is Genetic Genealogy?

• It’s a different way of connecting with other people who are related to me.

• It gives me the ‘match’ but I have to work out the connection using my own and the ‘matchee’s research.

Why would I use it to find out more about my family?

• It’s very useful in locating family place of origin; • men of the same surname;
• breaking down a brick wall;
• establishing cousin relationships;

• distant family history that goes past the record thresholds.

How can it help a Surname Study?

• Establish common ancestors and develop pedigrees;
• follow emigrant lines;
• put cousins in touch with each other to collaborate research.

• Set up a surname DNA Project at which allows members to make contacts within the group and to look for related lines.

• Gives another ‘landing place’ for people researching your surname.

How can it help a Surname Study?

• Establish common ancestors and develop pedigrees;
• follow emigrant lines;
• put cousins in touch with each other to collaborate research.

• Set up a surname DNA Project at which allows members to make contacts within the group and to look for related lines.

• Gives another ‘landing place’ for people researching your surname.

What types of testing are available?

One sample of DNA can give the following opportunities;

• YDna gives the fathers’ fathers’ line;

• At Dna gives cousin matches on every ancestor to 7 generations;

• Mt Dna gives the mothers’ mothers’ line.
• Men can get results on all these tests.
• Women cannot get results on the Y Dna test.

How do I test and what is the cost?

• has tests for all the above (swab inside of your cheek) under E100 upwards

• has the AtDNA – cousins’ test (spit collection) under E100

• both companies are based in USA. Payment is by credit card and return shipping costs are not included in the price. Currently £20 sterling for Ancestry and Parcel post cost for FTDNA. Your card is debited on receipt of the kit and the exchange rate is calculated on that date.

Project Clan MacGrath

Clan McGrath DNA Project

McGrath Clan Gathering returning to Dungarvan in 2019

We would like to thank everyone who visited Dungarvan for the 2016 International Clan Gathering. When we were planning our 2013 gathering, we had the next two in mind. 2016 was a massive success and we want to thank so many people. Our speakers, the bars who hosted events, the caterers, the exceptional traditional musicians, the brilliant Irish Dancers, the Park Hotel, the base for the weekend and the people of Dungarvan, who made everyone so welcome. To have so much McGrath Heritage in the area played a huge role in it’s success. So roll on 2019 and hope to see you all back in Dungarvan !

The Hooli Long Puck 2016: Dungarvan GAA Club members, Tony Ryan, Chairman, Patrick Curran, Dawn Power, Paul & John Paul Houlihan and Darren Duggan, pictured at the launch at Dungarvan GAA Club where the event takes place on July 9th. Pic:Dan McGrath/Editorial Images.