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Irish groups join powers to help public inquiries on ancestory Photo by: Duncan P Walker

Ireland’s genealogy experts join forces to provide Irish ancestry info

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Irish groups join powers to help public inquiries on ancestory Photo by: Duncan P Walker

The joint consortium of Eneclann and Ancestor Network have announced that they will provide genealogy services in the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland in the coming year, following a competitive tendering process.

“We look forward to assisting Irish people and overseas visitors alike in tracing their roots especially in the coming year of the Gathering,” said Fiona Fitzsimons, Research Director of Eneclann.

“We are delighted to partner with Ancestor Network, in our new role - promoting Irish genealogy from within the national cultural institutions.”

 The consortium has increased the number of genealogy experts delivering the service, to provide a wide and comprehensive range of expertise to anyone looking for help and advice in tracing their family history.

Aiden Feerick, Head of Research at Ancestor Network added “It is a great privilege to have been selected with Eneclann by the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland.

“We can provide a world class genealogy advisory service and we will share our expertise and knowledge to those tracing their Irish ancestors.  We also look forward to working with the staff of the archives and library in adding value to their genealogical services.”

Approximately half of the project team in the consortium are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI).

The remainder of the team are graduates of the UCD certificate/diploma in genealogy and/or graduates of the University of Limerick’s MA in the History of the Family.

 Fiona Ross, Director of the National Library of Ireland responded to the news saying, “We are delighted to announce that Eneclann and Ancestor Network have been awarded the contract for providing the genealogy advisory service. They offer an enhanced family history service at a significantly reduced cost to the taxpayer.  We look forward to working with them in the coming year.”

 The new genealogy service will be available to all visitors to the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland.  Everyone is welcome to avail of this free service commencing Monday, 11th June.

 Eneclann is a Trinity College Campus company. It has become the largest historical and genealogical research and consultancy service in Ireland, with tens of thousands of clients worldwide.

The company is probably best known internationally for its research for the hit TV series “Who Do You Think You Are?” worldwide, as well as the successful US TV series “Faces of America” (2010), and “Finding Your Roots” (2012) presented by Prof. Henry Louis Gates.

Eneclann has traced the Irish roots of President Barack Obama, Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Harry Connick Jr., Steve Colbert, and Graham Norton.

Ancestor Network Limited helps promote knowledge and learning of genealogy (family history) and heraldry in Ireland.   It is a professional genealogy organization that helps people search for their Irish ancestry and discover their family history and surname origin.

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