Saturday, November 17, 2012

Enhanced genealogy advisory service at the National Archives of Ireland

The enhanced genealogy service is available to all visitors to the National Archives of Ireland.  Everyone is welcome to avail of this free service.

Genealogy Advisory Service
National Archives of Ireland ( Monday to Friday, 10am to 1.30pm
The National Archives is located in Bishop Street, Dublin 8, close to the city centre and within ten minutes’ walk of the St Stephen’s Green Luas line.

Professional genealogists are available for each week day session on Mondays to Fridays.  The service entails providing visitors with invaluable information about how to begin or to continue family history research.  This includes advice about using the sources available such as oral history information within the family, census returns, civil birth, marriage and death records, church parish records, land records and many other sources such as trade and street directories, newspaper archives, and manuscript sources.  

Feedback from overseas and Irish visitors has been very positive since the new enhanced service commenced in June 2012.

The consortium has increased the number of genealogy experts delivering the service and provides a wide and comprehensive range of expertise to anyone looking for help and advice in tracing their family history. 

 “We take great pleasure in 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.     

Aiden Feerick, Director of Research at Ancestor Network added, “We provide a world class genealogy advisory service and we enjoy sharing our expertise and knowledge to those tracing their Irish ancestors.  We also very much enjoy working with the staff of the archives in adding value to their genealogical services.”

The enhanced genealogy service has a greater number of panel experts, with a wide range of expertise.  The team consists of 14 members.  Each of the panellists has extensive experience in working as a professional in Irish genealogical research.

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 in 2003, and more recently launched the web service 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 and

For further information please contact:

Fiona Fitzsimons, Research Director, Eneclann Ltd.
Telephone: +353 (01) 671 0338

John Hamrock, Managing Director, Ancestor Network Ltd.
Telephone: +353 (0)87 0505296

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