Ancestor Network was founded by John Hamrock who has always had a passion for Irish family history. He was born and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, a city hugely influenced by the Irish Diaspora. His mother was a native Irish speaker who emigrated from Connemara, County Galway in 1940. His father was also born and grew up in Boston and his parents were from Mayo and Sligo. John moved to Ireland in 1988 and went on to complete an Irish genealogy qualification. He and his co-founders and team at Ancestor Network share that same passion, not only for Irish genealogy and history, but in helping others discover their Irish roots.
That is why Ancestor Network has evolved into four primary service areas: family history research, probate research, advisory and educational services, and publishing Irish genealogy guides – all with the aim of helping others discover their Irish roots and heritage, with passion and dedication.
Who we are
Ancestor Network Limited, Ireland’s leading provider of professional genealogy and probate research. We are made up of the largest team of experienced, qualified, professional and expert genealogists across the island of Ireland. Collectively, our genealogists have over 450 years’ research experience.
Our unique panel of experts can provide an unmatched experience for the customer – whether an individual, a family, a business or an institution.
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Hilary Mc Donagh BA
Hilary McDonagh BA, Post Graduate Diploma Marketing, Diploma in Genealogy, University College Dublin. Member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) and Association of Professional Genealogists (USA) (APG) Hilary is Research Coordinator and a Director of Ancestor Network Ltd. She is also a researcher and speaker.
Aiden Feerick BA
Aiden Feerick BA, Certificate in Genealogy, University College Dublin, Member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) and Association of Professional Genealogists (USA) (APG). Aiden is a speaker, teacher and researcher. He is also joint founder and Director of Ancestor Network Ltd.
James Ryan Ph.D
James Ryan Ph.D. is an author, speaker, writer and publisher. He founded Flyleaf Press which has since merged with Ancestor Network Ltd. Along with being editor of Flyleaf Press, he is a Director of Ancestor Network Ltd. His works include: Irish Records – Sources for Family & Local History, Tracing your Dublin Ancestors, Irish Church Records, Sources for Irish Family History, and Tracing your Sligo Ancestors.
Deirdre Breen BA, MA, LLB
Deirdre Breen BA, MA, LLB, joint founder and Director of Ancestor Network. With her legal background, Deirdre manages relationships with barristers, law firms, and solicitors in Ireland and abroad.
Michael Rooney BA
Michael Rooney holds a B.A. from Queens University in Ancient History and Byzantine Studies, and from the University of Durham, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Michael is a researcher and speaker, specialising in tracing families from the Northern Ireland.
John Hamrock BSc, MBA,
Managing Director, Co-Founder
John Hamrock BSc, MBA, Diploma in Genealogy, University College Dublin, Chairman of the Genealogy Society. John is an author (Tracing your Roscommon Ancestors), researcher and speaker. He is also Managing Director and joint founder of Ancestor Network Ltd.
In addition to the Directors, Ancestor Network has a team of 20 genealogists who are located across the island of Ireland. They have specialist expertise in areas such as church records, land records as well as probate and general research.
With the largest team of genealogists in Ireland Ancestor Network can scale its capabilities to deliver on your project needs.