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Ancestor Network Limited is a collective of Ireland’s most experienced genealogical experts. Ancestor Network, Ireland’s leading provider of professional genealogy and probate research, was established in May 2009. Ancestor Network is made up of the largest team of professional genealogists across the island of Ireland. Collectively, our genealogists have over 200 years’ research experience in Ireland and abroad.

Ancestor Network conducts Irish probate research for global heir hunter and professional legal firms. It has provided the popular genealogy advisory service at the National Library of Ireland for the past five consecutive years. It was exclusive genealogical researcher for RTÉ’s ‘The Genealogy Roadshow’ and successfully managed projects such as the Kerry Genealogy Road Show, County Monaghan Genealogy Training, and Report on Heritage and Genealogy Initiatives in Carlow. In 2014 it acquired Flyleaf Press (www.flyleaf.ie), the specialist Irish genealogy book publisher. The Company is focused on probate and individual research, education, advisory services, consultancy and e-publishing. Our genealogy and heritage services can be provided flexibly, to almost any scale, and with the broadest possible range of advisory and research skills. Our unique panel of experts can provide an unmatched experience for the customer – whether an individual or an institution.

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Who Do You Think You Are

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Who Do You Think You Are

Under the umbrella of WDYTYA, this year’s show was held for the third time at the NEC, Birmingham. It was a very busy show with visitors from all over the United Kingdom as well as some from Ireland. And because many people now living in the UK have Irish heritage, there was great interest in Irish genealogists who came to the show.
In addition to the big four genealogy companies, Family Search, My Heritage, Ancestry and Find My Past, there were many smaller specialist and niche area stands from with many parts of England and Wales.
Two universities in Scotland, Dundee University and Strathclyde University, Glasgow, offer high level courses as part of their online Lifelong Learning programme. The University of Strathclyde has teamed up with FutureLearn to provide a free online course called “Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree”. The next course starts on July 3, 2018. Dundee University offers all its genealogy courses up to Masters online.aiden-feerick-of-ancestor-network-lorna-moloney-and-dick-eastman-of-eastmans-online-geneaalogy-newsletter
Compared to a few years ago, the presence of DNA offers looms large. Many of the talks deal with the importance of DNA in going beyond written records and expanding the area where members of your family might be found. Dr Maurice Gleeson, a leading DNA expert organised a series of lecture every day for the three days; with many illustrations from his own Tipperary family, Maurice demonstrated in a number of practical and easy to follow talks how DNA can help a person trying to understand where their family has come from and to what other families with different surnames yours might be related.
The Society of Genealogists organise an Irish Desk in their Ask An Expert area; there people with Irish ancestors can come and look for assistance. I had a session with a lady whose aunt was a religious sister in the congregation of The Little Sisters of the Poor. After many unsuccessful attempts to get help, we found the Provincial House of the Sisters in Ireland where the records of her aunt should be. Very helpfully, the Sisters included the address, phone number and email so that the lady can get more information about her aunt.
Another query I got, which is far more difficult to get a handle on, is a “non-paternity event” in a family. This is a bureaucratic and scientific expression which means that a married woman had a child whose father was not her husband. In the days before legal adoption in Ireland, such children are really hard to find since the name may have been changed from the birth name after the child was adopted informally by another family. And such was the stigma attached to such an event that the child was effectively not spoken about in the family.aiden-feerick-of-ancestor-network-providing-genealogical-advice-to-a-visitor
The complexity of the place name structure of the Irish countryside was mentioned by many as well as the problems of the flexible spellings of surnames. However, thanks to websites like www.townlands.ie and John Grenham’s website (www.johngrenham.com) help was available.
The “big four” genealogy companies have lots of staff and workstations to help people use their particular specialist resources as their databases range across continents to include Canada and the United states as well as Australia and New Zealand.img_0365
The number of points of sale for DNA testing kits increases every year as interest grows in finding family members in other countries.
A final point for anyone planning to come to WDYTYA. Make sure you leave plenty of time for the talks and lectures; the speakers are all experts in their fields and there are more talks available than you could possibly attend. Just one example; Professor Dan Bradley, the renowned geneticist from TCD, gave a fascinating talk on ancient Irish genomes and human origins on this island. His talk was followed by a very lively discussion about some of the points he made.


Android Version of the App now available

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Ancestor Network, Ireland’s leading provider of professional genealogy and probate research, has just released the Android version of its interactive Irish Genealogy Research App.

It is a Dublin Map Guide to Irish Genealogy and History Sources. This ‘Ancestor Network’ App displays a list of the leading Dublin-based libraries, archives, research centres, historic sites and museums. These are linked to a detailed interactive map of Dublin containing supplemental information such as physical and web address location, contact details, and opening hours. Read More


Tenants of Prittie Estate, Tipperary & Offaly 1826.

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Small Sources 17. This document lists tenants of 57 holdings on the estates of Hon. Francis A. Prittie during March and May 1826. It lists 71 names as several are in joint tenancies. It indicates the townland, rent and arrears for each. Only the rent amount is shown here as an indication of the holding size. The list is among the ”Dunalley Papers, of the Prittie family Lords Dunalley, 1665-1937” in the National Library of Ireland; NLI Ms 29,808 (2). The holdings appear to be in 2 counties. Loughan or Loughane is in the Parish of Finglas, Co. Offaly close to the Prittie family home at Corville, which is just across the county border in Tipperary. Most of the remainder are in the area South of Nenagh, Co. Tipperary in the Civil parishes of Kilnaneave, Dolla and Ballynaclogh. Ballyandrew, which is the location of 19 tenancies, could not be found. There are townlands called Ballyandrew in Cork and Wexford. However, this property would appear to be in Tipperary, based on the family names. Does anyone have suggestions (noting that it might not be the name of a townland)? Read More


New Free App to Help Visitors in Dublin Trace Their Irish Ancestors

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Press Release

Dublin, Ireland, and Salt Lake City, Utah; Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Ancestor Network, Ireland’s leading provider of professional genealogy and probate research, has just released at RootsTech 2017 a free, new and interactive Irish Genealogy Research App; Your Dublin Map Guide to Irish Genealogy and History Sources. This ‘Ancestor Network’ App displays a list of the leading Dublin-based libraries, archives, research centres, historic sites and museums. Read More


Flax Growers in Shanagolden, Limerick. 1808

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flaxSmall Sources 16: This list is of 26 persons who purchased flax seed from the Monteagle estate in the Shanagolden area of county Limerick in 1808. It is from the correspondence of Stephen Edward Rice and the original is in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms 605A).   The heading on the list states that 124 pottles of flax seed were sold at 1 shilling 7 pence halfpenny per pottle on 15th May 1808. Read More

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