John Hamrock grew up in Boston and moved to Ireland in 1988. His mother, Mary Walsh, emigrated from Connemara to Boston in 1940. His father, James Hamrock, grew up in Boston, his father having emigrated from Co. Mayo and his mother from near Boyle. John is married with three children, aged 13, 11 and 9. He has worked in the financial services industry for twenty-five years both in the United States and in a number of European countries. He and his family have lived in France, Belgium, the United States and Ireland.
He has always had a passion for Irish family history research and surname origins, first conducting research on his own family, but then tracing ancestors for others. He recently completed the four-year Diploma and Certificate courses in Genealogy/Family History (First Class Honours in both) at the National University of Ireland, UCD Dublin, these being the only courses of their kind in Ireland. In Dublin, he is a member of the Genealogical Society of Ireland and the Irish Genealogical Research Society. In Boston, Massachusetts, he is a member of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society. In London, he is a member of the Society of Genealogists. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. John has amassed a considerable library of Irish and international genealogical and heraldic books and publications. He concentrates his efforts in conducting family history research and writing.
His first book, Tracing Your Roscommon Ancestors, was published by Flyleaf Press (www.flyleaf.ie) in Dublin in November 2007. The book had its genesis as an assignment for his Diploma in Genealogy taken in UCD. He has also established an Irish genealogy website: http://www.ancestor.ie.
He holds the following academic qualifications:
Genealogy: Diploma in Genealogy/Family History from the National University of Ireland, University College Dublin, 1st Class Honours, 2007; Certificate in Genealogy/Family History from the National University of Ireland, University College Dublin, 1st Class Honours, 2006.
Business: MBA in International Business and Industrial Development, University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, with Distinction, 1990; Certificate in Investment Planning from Boston University, 1983; BSc in business administration from Suffolk University, Boston, 1980