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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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NGS Quarterly review of ‘Finding your Ancestors in Kerry’

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The National Genealogical Society Quarterly recently published a review of our title ‘Finding your Ancestors in Kerry‘  by Kay Caball.  The review,  by Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann,  kindly declares the book to be  “..essential reading for any genealogist or family historian whose research focuses on (Kerry)…” and also goes on to say that  ” This book, friendly and easy to read, would appeal to any beginner.  Finding your Ancestors in Kerry also also covers enough ground to reveal documents of interest even to experienced genealogists“.     It is available here.   The book is a comprehensive guide to tracing ancestors in County Kerry.  It describes all the various sources of family history  information,  where  each of these can be accessed and how to best use them in your research.   The people of Kerry have a rich history.  Although very predominantly Gaelic,  their origins  include  Normans, English, Danish Vikings, French Huguenots and German Palatines.  All of these have contributed to the character of twentieth century Kerry.

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Ancestor Network Moves To Establish Branch in Northern Ireland

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Belfast and Dublin, 17 October 2017

Because of growing demand from people of the Irish Diaspora with Ulster roots, as well as demand from solicitor firms and heir hunting firms for specialist genealogical researchers in the six counties, Ancestor Network Ltd (www.ancestornetwork.ie) has announced today the establishment of its Northern Ireland branch and the opening of its new Belfast office (www.ancestornetwork.co.uk). The branch is headed by Michael Rooney, a native of Northern Ireland, who is the Permanent Representative and Lead Genealogist for Ancestor Network in Belfast. The registered address of the Northern Ireland branch is 138 University Street, Belfast, BT71HJ, Northern Ireland.

Ancestor Network is the first Irish genealogy research, advisory and publishing company to establish offices in both the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland. Read More

Ann Gregg, a genealogy consultant, helps Patricia Smith-McCarthy track down a cousin at the Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin. Gregg helped Smith-McCarthy, who grew up on Long Island, New York and now lives with her husband in South Carolina, secure a copy of her grandfather’s brother’s marriage license, phone numbers, and email addresses of living contemporaries in County Cork. Previously, her siblings were only able to glean anecdotal evidence after asking around at a pub near the farm, she says. “It is very rewarding,” says Gregg about her work. Sometimes Americans, who make up three-quarters of all those seeking their roots at the Genealogy Advisory Service, come fresh off a tour bus after being told of the office. “They start making phone calls home to get whatever information they know is there,” says Gregg, who’s organization, www.ancestornetwork.ie, contracts with the library.

Foreign Dispatch: Looking for Roots and Finding Threads Connecting the Present

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Ann Gregg, a genealogy consultant, helps Patricia Smith-McCarthy track down a cousin at the Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin. Gregg helped Smith-McCarthy, who grew up on Long Island, New York and now lives with her husband in South Carolina, secure a copy of her grandfather’s brother’s marriage license, phone numbers, and email addresses of living contemporaries in County Cork. Previously, her siblings were only able to glean anecdotal evidence after asking around at a pub near the farm, she says. “It is very rewarding,” says Gregg about her work. Sometimes Americans, who make up three-quarters of all those seeking their roots at the Genealogy Advisory Service, come fresh off a tour bus after being told of the office. “They start making phone calls home to get whatever information they know is there,” says Gregg, who’s organization, www.ancestornetwork.ie, contracts with the library.

Ann Gregg, a genealogy consultant, helps Patricia Smith-McCarthy track down a cousin at the Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin. Gregg helped Smith-McCarthy, who grew up on Long Island, New York and now lives with her husband in South Carolina, secure a copy of her grandfather’s brother’s marriage license, phone numbers, and email addresses of living contemporaries in County Cork. Previously, her siblings were only able to glean anecdotal evidence after asking around at a pub near the farm, she says. “It is very rewarding,” says Gregg about her work. Sometimes Americans, who make up three-quarters of all those seeking their roots at the Genealogy Advisory Service, come fresh off a tour bus after being told of the office. “They start making phone calls home to get whatever information they know is there,” says Gregg, who’s organization, www.ancestornetwork.ie, contracts with the library.

(DUBLIN, IRELAND) AUG, 2017 – THE AMERICAN WRITER MARK TWAIN ONCE SAID HISTORY DOESN’T REPEAT, BUT RATHER IT RHYMES. BILL MARCUS, WHO’S TRAVELING ABROAD THIS MONTH IN IRELAND, REPORTS ON ONE MAN WHO SAYS HE HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE IN HIS HEART FOR THE U-S BECAUSE 170 YEARS AGO IT TOOK IN HIS COUNTRYMEN WHEN THE REST OF THE WORLD TURNED ITS BACK.

 

Above and below are photos that hang on the wall at the Genealogy Advisory Service office in at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin.

Above and below are photos that hang on the wall at the Genealogy Advisory Service office in at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin.

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New edition of ‘Tracing your Dublin Ancestors’

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Flyleaf Press,  the publishing arm of Ancestor Network,   has published a fourth edition of ‘Tracing your Dublin Ancestors’’ by James G Ryan and Brian Smith.    The title   is a comprehensive guide to all of the records available for tracing families in the city and county of Dublin and is filled with information on what the records contain, and how and where they can be accessed. This includes guidance on researching in the many archives in Dublin City.  It is well illustrated with maps and with examples of the types of records to be found; and with other relevant background material.  It also provides background on the social history of Dublin and how this history has affected the keeping and survival of records. There is also a comprehensive index.  You can order it here.

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Waterford  Tradesmen in the 1820s

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Small Sources 23:  Here is a potentially useful list, but also a challenge for our readers.   This list of 79 tradesmen was compiled for some purpose related to an election in Waterford sometime between 1826 and 1847. It is in a file of documents in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 15,028 (9))  entitled “Several hundred documents – petitions, resolutions, bills, lists of voters, etc., – in the Waterford election of .. 1826, the Tipperary election.., 1830, and..Waterford, 1847”.  It lists 40 Cordwainers (shoemakers); 17 tailors, 15 carpenters and 7 chandlers.   Research on those listed strongly points to it being from Waterford, and also that it was compiled in the late 1820s.  Pigott’s Directory of 1824 lists some of the listed tradesmen in Waterford,  while  none are listed in other towns in the region.   None of the names appear in Shearman’s Directory (1839) or Slater’s (1846).  The list also has a column headed ‘son of’ with a few entries; and all are prefixed by a year and month.  The years listed range from 1785 to 1824 but the vast majority are between 1801 and 1806.  The year and month seem to have some relevance to the purpose of the list.  It is possible that they may have had votes as guild members and that the dates are related to this.  We would welcome any observations on possible purposes for this list.  Also,  can anyone make a connection to any of the persons  listed?

Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals, and/or to obtain copies of the original. Click here and quote ‘WD SS23’ in the subject line.

Name                                         Son of ..

Cordwainers
Saml. ? Butts ?
Budd, Tobias        (1)
Bayley, George
Clarke, William                        Godfrey C.
Chambers, Benj.
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