During the 1970s a growth in the interest in family and local history inspired RTÉ to create the series 'Search'.
'Search' presented by Dr Tim O'Neill, Head of History in Carysfort College of Education was an aid to those looking for their roots
This extract from the first programme looks at initiatives to bring local history directly to Irish people around the country. Mayo Regional Education Officer Adrian Munnelly displays a collection of pictures, artefacts and other items of local interest to children at Swinford National School.
O'Neill also checks out the resources on offer in Ballymun Public Library in Dublin, where the non-fiction section is now almost as extensive as the fiction, as is the case in many Irish public libraries.
This episode of 'Search' was broadcast on 28 November 1979.