If you are planing to visit Ireland to explore your family history, you may be interested to know there is a free Genealogy Advisory Service available at the National Library of Ireland. The library is centrally located in Dublin and is easily accessed. Professional genealogists are available all day at the library to analyse what you know about your ancestors and to advise on future directions and sources of which you may not be aware. The service has been operating for the past two years and is completely free with no appointment necessary. There are occasional queues, but as often as not, service is immediate. The Library also provides PCs with access to a range of databases which you can use to explore the directions you receive from the advisers. The very extensive collection of the library is also available for research purposes. To understand the differentiation between the National Library and the National Archives of Ireland, the latter contains the records of public bodies and government ministries. The National Library of Ireland mainly contains privately generated material such as newspapers, books, pedigrees, and manuscripts.