19 September 2014
Dublin, Ireland, 19 September 2014. Ancestor Network Ltd., the leading Irish family history services company, announced today that it has acquired Flyleaf Press, the specialist Irish genealogy publisher.
Ancestor Network, the leading probate and genealogy services provider, has been at the forefront of the Irish family history market for over five years. It has provided genealogy advisory services for public visitors to the National Archives of Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, and the Kerry Genealogy Roadshow. It was the primary genealogy researcher for RTE’s ‘The Genealogy Roadshow’ and has successfully managed popular genealogy educational courses and events across Ireland such as the Brian Ború Millennium Festival in Clare, Tipperary, Galway and Dublin, and the Monaghan Genealogy ‘Home to the Little Hills’ Training courses.
Founded by Dr. James Ryan in 1987, Flyleaf Press is Ireland’s major specialist publisher of family history and genealogy titles. Flyleaf specialises in high-quality ‘how to’ guides for research in various counties of Ireland. It also publishes reference works on Church Records, Census records and wills. Flyleaf’s books are researched and written by highly qualified genealogists and they contain information vital to both amateur and professional genealogists and local history researchers.
This acquisition, coupled with the success of Ancestor Network’s research, probate, advisory, consultancy, educational and training services, forms an important part of the growth strategy set out by John Hamrock, Managing Director of Ancestor Network, and his board of directors.
Together Ancestor Network and Flyleaf Press will create one of the fastest growing Irish genealogy businesses. The two organisations will provide customers with easier access and more relevant information to help add colour and depth to Irish family history.
Flyleaf Press will maintain its own brand identity and www.flyleaf.ie website, but the two organisations will enjoy greater economies of scale in marketing, sales, financial and operational functions. Transaction details were not disclosed.
John Hamrock, Managing Director of Ancestor Network, said: “Ancestor Network’s strategy is about growth and the Irish Diaspora consumer and probate market sectors are key. Our purchase of Flyleaf Press, combined with our existing global Irish Diaspora customer base, gives us an excellent platform for expansion in the Irish family history market. Together we can provide a dynamic family history experience that offers customers the opportunity to make a real connection with their Irish family heritage.”
Dr. James Ryan, founder of Flyleaf Press, said: “We are thrilled to join forces with Ancestor Network and become a part of their family of Irish genealogy and family history services and products. The combination of our organisations will provide Irish family history enthusiasts with unprecedented access to the stories of their ancestors. Expect Flyleaf Press to grow stronger with Ancestor Network’s support and to continue to drive innovation in the Irish family history sector, particularly in the area of e-publishing.”
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