Thursday, October 6, 2011

New 24-7 Genealogy Website to Simplify Ancestor Search

Press Release 08 September 2011

New 24-7 Genealogy Website to Simplify Ancestor Search

A new genealogy website - launched recently by leading Irish genealogical research, training and technological company - Ancestor Network Limited, is set to set to make life much easier for those researching ancestral roots.

According to Chief Executive John Hamrock, “ connects online ancestor search customers with top independent professional genealogists worldwide. It provides a new, novel and exciting platform for researchers seeking expert help, while at the same time enabling independent genealogists and local historians to attract and win new clients, without incurring advertising fees.” is the ideal research platform for customers and professionals alike offering several real benefits through its one-stop-shop innovation. Firstly, it saves the researcher time and money. The Customer simply describes his or her research request once online and will then be matched with Service Providers having the consummate knowledge, skills and local experience pertinent to the Customer’s specific research needs. Service Providers will then simply quote back online detailing the service and associated cost. The customer is free to select what they consider the best value for money.

Secondly, it enables the Customer to locate the best Genealogist for the job - based on genuine feedback from previous Customers. Posting a research request to the extensive database of Family History Research Service Providers is quick and easy. Also, Ancestor Network vets and verifies the credentials of professional Genealogists and Family Historians who work with Members must provide evidence of memberships of professional and voluntary organizations, together with details of their level of higher education and relevant work experience. The Website contains 150 independent professional genealogists available online to assist the customer anytime and anywhere in the world.

Thirdly, professional Genealogists and Family History Research Service Providers can receive e-mail alerts for all potential jobs in their area of expertise, bringing more work their way, whilst matching them with a client that can exploit their specific expertise in the genealogy discipline.


For further information please contact:

John Hamrock, Chief Executive, Ancestor Network Limited

Telephone: +353 (0)87 0505296


Notes to Editor

About Ancestor Network was established by Ancestor Network Limited. Ancestor Network is staffed by experienced professional genealogists and customer service specialists. You can find out more about Ancestor Network on

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Certificate of Irish Heritage – Applications Go-Live

September 30, 2011

The application process for the Certificate of Irish Heritage went live at 11.00am Irish time on 30th September. Visit the website at for information on how to apply and to complete your own application.

First Certificate of Irish Heritage goes to fallen FDNY hero

Chief of the NYC Fire Department Edward S. Kilduff, Bridget Hunter and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore display the Certificate of Irish Heritage at a recent ceremony.

On a visit to New York last week to speak at the 66th United Nations General Assembly, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., used the opportunity to present the first Certificate of Irish Heritage to the family of Joseph (Joe) Hunter, a New York fireman who lost his life in the 9/11 attacks.

The Certificate of Irish Heritage aims to recognise those of Irish lineage in an official way, giving greater expression to the sense of Irish identity felt by many around the world who might not otherwise be able to do so.

Joe Hunter was born in New York in 1970, the son of Bridget [who hails from Co. Galway] and Joseph Hunter. At 18 he joined the South Hempstead Fire Department as a volunteer, and in 1996 he was accepted into the New York Fire Department (FDNY) as a member of Squad 288 in Maspeth, Queens.

The ceremony at the firehouse of Squad 288 was attended by the Hunter family, former colleagues of Joe’s, and FDNY chief Edward S. Kilduff. Presenting the certificate to Joe’s mother Bridget, the Tánaiste spoke of the longstanding bonds between Irish emigrants and the emergency responders.

“Generations of Irish have been proud and privileged to serve with New York’s finest - in the Fire Department, the NYPD, and other emergency services,” he said. “We in Ireland felt the pain and loss of all Americans in the obscenity of 9/11 but we felt a particular pain in our hearts for those brave men and women of Irish heritage who lost their lives on that day.”

After receiving the award, Mrs. Hunter said it would have been an extremely proud day for her son.

“Joseph was very proud of his Irish roots and in continuing the brave and selfless tradition of service given by the Irish to the FDNY,” she said. “He would have been very honoured to receive the first Certificate.”

The Tánaiste confirmed that applications for the new Certificate of Heritage can be submitted online from the end of this month at Applications are open to persons who were not born on the island of Ireland and who can provide appropriate supporting documentation connecting them to an individual Irish ancestor.