Back to Our Past Show 2011

Eneclann is delighted to be attending the 2011 Back to Our Past Show 2011.  Visit the 2011 Back to our Past Show website to book a ticket.

This year’s show is being held in the RDS, Dublin from Friday 21 – Sunday 23 October 2011. You can find us at stands 30/31 and 38/39.

Visit our stand for advice from our expert genealogists or to purchase from a wide range of Irish history and genealogy related CDs (with up to 50% off the catalogue price).  We will also be selling back issues of family history magazines.

Members of the Eneclann team and our joint venture partners,,  will also be giving presentations at the show to help researchers with their Irish family history research.

The talks are as follows:

Time Presenter Presentation Title
Friday 2.30pm Brian Donovan, Murderers, rebels & drunkards: Your Irish ancestors and the Law
Friday 3.30pm Cliona Weldon, An introduction to More than just names and dates
Friday 2.30pm Fiona Fitzsimons, Eneclann / President Obama’s Irish family history
Saturday 3.30pm Brian Donovan Landlords & Tenants: Land records for family history research
Sunday 2.30pm Fiona Fitzsimons, Eneclann / How do you think WDYTYA is done?
Sunday 3.30pm Cliona Weldon, An introduction to More than just names and dates

Speaker Profiles

Brian Donovan
Brian DonovanBrian studied History at Trinity College, graduating in 1989.  He subsequently lectured and tutored in the university and since then has also lectured throughout Ireland and the US on history, genealogy and electronic publishing.  Brian’s experience in digital technology, as well as his background in history, helped motivate the founding of Eneclann, with Fiona Fitzsimons, in 1998.   As CEO for Eneclann, Brian focuses on project management and business development, including being project manager on several large state sector contracts.  Brian was also the technical advisor for the landmark Trinity College project to digitise the 1641 Depositions, as well as many other cultural and educational initiatives.

Brian is closely involved in developing Eneclann’s online publications, playing a key role in establishing this year in partnership with brightsolid. This website is a major online resource for Irish genealogical records. Brian is especially keen to find new records to make available online. web site has already seen the first ever release of the Landed Estates Court records 1850-85, the Prison registers 1790-1924, and will shortly publish the Petty Sessions court registers 1828-1910. This will bring over 20 million new family history records online for the first time.

Fiona Fitzsimons
Fiona FitzsimonsFiona Fitzsimons is Research Director of Enelcann, a company she co-founded in 1998.  Since then, Eneclann has completed over 15,000 individual commissions, ranging from private family history research and house histories to media research for television programmes. Research credits include the British, Irish, Australian and Canadian productions of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, RTE’s ‘Ancestors During the Famine’ and ‘Faces of America’ (NBC).

In 2008, Fiona published research on [President] Obama’s Irish ancestry, tracing his family back to 1698. The story was picked up by the international media and was broadcast around the world.  Fiona and the Eneclann team worked wih the Department of Foreign Affairs in advance of the President’s visit in 2011.

Cliona Weldon
Cliona WeldonCliona joined as General Manager in March 2011, after spending several years in the Information Communication Technology & International Charity sectors.

Relatively new to the field of genealogy, she is currently researching her family history – family lore has the her branch of the Weldons living in Dublin’s inner city from the 1600s and she is determined to investigate this thoroughly.

Cliona is thrilled with the response to to date and is committed to providing the most detailed and thorough collection of Irish records ever seen in one place. As well as helping people trace their ancestors, she wants to help shed more light on day-to-day lifestyles, answering the question “what did my family do?” rather than just “did they exist?”. She’s also keen to create an online community where anyone interested in researching their Irish ancestry can meet like-minded people and share their experiences.  Impressed with the dedication & passion displayed by family historians, she finds helping people discover their family through incredibly rewarding.