Press Release Friday 8 June 2012
New enhanced genealogy service now available, as the National Archives and the National Library of Ireland award tender to new Consortium
The joint consortium of Eneclann and Ancestor Network are delighted to announce that they will provide genealogy services in the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland in the coming year, following a competitive tendering process. The consortium has increased the number of genealogy experts delivering the service, to provide a wide and comprehensive range of expertise to anyone looking for help and advice in tracing their family history.
“We look forward to assisting Irish people and overseas visitors alike in tracing their roots especially in the coming year of the Gathering,” said Fiona Fitzsimons, Research Director of Eneclann. “We are delighted to partner with Ancestor Network, in our new role - promoting Irish genealogy from within the national cultural institutions.”
Aiden Feerick, Head of Research at Ancestor Network added, “It is a great privilege to have been selected with Eneclann by the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland. We can provide a world class genealogy advisory service and we will share our expertise and knowledge to those tracing their Irish ancestors. We also look forward to working with the staff of the archives and library in adding value to their genealogical services.”
Approximately half of the project team in the consortium are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (A.P.G.I.). The remainder of the team are graduates of the U.C.D. certificate/ diploma in genealogy and/or graduates of the University of Limerick’s M.A. in the History of the Family.
Fiona Ross, Director of the National Library of Ireland responded to the news saying: “We are delighted to announce that Eneclann and Ancestor Network have been awarded the contract for providing the genealogy advisory service. They offer an enhanced family history service at a significantly reduced cost to the tax payer. We look forward to working with them in the coming year."
The new genealogy service will be available to all visitors to the NAI and the NLI. Everyone is welcome to avail of this free service commencing Monday June 11.
Genealogy Advisory Service
NAI: Monday to Friday, 10am to 1.30pm
NLI: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 1pm, 2-5pm, Saturday 9.15am to 12.45pm
About Eneclann Limited
Eneclann Ltd. is a Trinity College Campus company, incorporated in 1998. Since then it has become the largest historical and genealogical research and consultancy service in Ireland, with tens of thousands of clients worldwide.
The company is probably best known internationally for its research for the hit T.V. series WDYTYA, as well as the successful T.V. series Faces of America (2010), and Finding Your Roots (2012) presented by Prof. Henry Louis Gates.
Eneclann has traced the Irish roots of President Barack Obama, Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Harry Connick Jr., Steve Colbert, and Graham Norton.
Since 1998 Eneclann has also developed significant skills in archival management, and expertise in digital technology. The company was instrumental in the founding of the online service www.irishorigins.com in 2003, and more recently launched the web service www.findmypast.ie with their Scottish partner Brightsolid. To date the company has brought over 12 million new genealogical records online, and has acted as a trusted partner of several archives, libraries and other public institutions in making their historic records available to a wide audience.
Eneclann’s clients include the National Museum of Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, the National Archives of Ireland, Trinity College Library, the Military Archives, the OPW, the National College of Art & Design, the GAA archives, Dublin City Library & Archives, Cork City & County Archives, Clare County Archives, and the RDS.
About Ancestor Network Ltd
Ancestor Network Limited was established in May 2009 to help promote knowledge and learning of genealogy (family history) and heraldry in Ireland. Ancestor Network is a professional genealogy organisation that helps people search for their Irish ancestry and discover their family history and surname origin. The company is focused on Irish Family History or Genealogical Services including; professional research and advice, teaching, tours, DNA testing, and book sales. Ancestor Network also advises on DNA tests for genealogy, heraldry, and adoption searches. The company websites are www.ancestor.ie and www.24-7genealogist.com.
For further information please contact:
Fiona Fitzsimons, Research Director, Eneclann Ltd.
Telephone: +353 (01) 671 0338
Aiden Feerick, Director, Ancestor Network Ltd.
Telephone: +353 (0)87 0505296