Finding our Irish roots
Conducting genealogical research when traveling to Ireland
For Mr. Kingston, the idea of Irish Ancestral Holidays stemmed from a need he saw in guests at the county-guesthouse in Wicklow where his family has provided Irish hospitality for three generations. “I make a point of asking our guests if they have Irish ancestors. When the McGinty family from Boston came for a vacation, Mr. McGinty said that his great-grandfather came from Kerry, but that they couldn’t find more information than that. After lots of research, I was able to help Mr. McGinty find what he was looking for.”
Mr. Kingston encourages those who are interested in researching their family history not to be disheartened if they don’t have much information to go on. “The best starting point is usually from a family tree, or a living relative.”
An initial ancestral assessment is 60 euro, for which an individual is given a research plan that indicates the probability of being able to trace one’s family history. A typical price for an eight-day/seven-night stay for two is 7,500 euro.
For those who want to research their family’s genealogy or other records without leaving home, Eneclann at Trinity College Dublin provides professional services in the historical, heritage, archive and records management sectors. Eneclann employs historians, genealogists and archivists and offers family history research projects that can be given as gifts, as well as conducting research for individuals and the media. The company has participated in major historical projects including the Belvedere Book, Irish Genealogy Project, and Ballymun History Project. Family histories cost around 360 euro.