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Ask the Experts Free Live Q&A on Facebook.


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Date: February 20th

Time: 2pm- 5pm

Topic: Family History Research.

Location: Irish Central’s Facebook page.

Join Eneclann and our partners Findmypast over on Irish Central’s Facebook page on Friday February 20th from 2pm – 5pm where our expert researchers Fiona Fitzsimons ,Carmel Gilbride and Brian Donovan will be ready and waiting to answer any Family History research questions you have, If you have hit a brick wall in your family History research this is the perfect chance for you to get some free help from the top experts in the business.

Research Tip of the Week.

Social networking and the genealogist.

“For the times they are a changing”, Bob Dylan’s immortal words can be applied to many things, not least genealogical research in the digital world. The greater availability of records online and the surge in global interest in family history over the past decade has meant that never has there been as much genealogical information available to as many people.

While the “digital revolution” dramatically altered access to records, in many ways it didn’t alter the practice of genealogy to the same degree, records were still studied and mined for information in the same way. However, one aspect of the “digital revolution” which is truly changing the practice of genealogical research, is social networking.

Where in the past the genealogical researcher may have ploughed a lonely furrow, with the advent of social networking, new opportunities to engage with others ploughing similar furrows have been created. Blogs, family trees, message boards, etc. all offer new possibilities in terms of sharing information and advice.

Below are some tips on how to take your first steps in genealogical social networking.

Age is but a number - Many think of social networking as the preserve of the youth, but ‘silver surfers’ are one of the major growth groups in the sector. You’ll be amazed by how many of your contemporaries are already networking.

Do your research – As with anything to do with genealogy, it’s worth putting research in. Don’t simply join the largest networks or those marketed most actively at you. Seek out the groups and sites most relevant to your line of research. This can be done by focusing on a geographic location or family name.

Connect, like, follow - When you’ve identified the groups, organisations and sites that are relevant to your research, connect with them through your preferred medium (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, newsletter, etc). You’d be amazed how many are running events that could be of use to your research. One such example is Eneclann and FindMyPast’s “Ask the experts” Facebook Q&A events which are held during the year (Next event: Friday 20th February on Irish central’s Facebook page).

Be active not passive – When you find information of use in discussion groups or forums don’t just read it and move on, be brave, post a comment or if you don’t find what you’re looking for, start a discussion topic, you never know who might reply!

The genealogical landscape is no longer shaped by long straight furrows, but rather a criss-cross patchwork of intersecting research. Get out there and make some connections, you never know where it might lead, or who it might lead to.

 By Stephen Peirce

Expert Researcher at Eneclann.

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The Role of Romance in Family History

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Births and marriages are the stock in trade of genealogists. We spend our days in dusty archives, extracting information from these documents, seeking to learn more about our ancestors. On this Valentines weekend, it seems like a good time to press the pause button, and reflect on the human stories behind the documents.

In times past marriage was the cornerstone of family life. We can only imagine how much hope was invested in these marriages. With our historian’s hat, we know that pairings didn’t always begin in romance. Marriages of the wealthier in Irish society were often strategic alliances. For a strong farmer, his daughter’s choice of husband was a matter of careful vetting. A family’s land based wealth could not pass to an incapable, unreliable son-in-law.

By contrast, the poor had greater opportunity to marry for love. The more cynical amongst us might say these couples spent a lifetime repenting at their leisure.

For the team here at Eneclann, family and its history is our daily work. In some instances we certainly see the absence of romantic love. We uncover difficult stories of couples creating an unhappy family life. For some of the clients we work with, excavating family history is a sad affair, and certainly not the narrative of wine and roses.

Can we ever tell if our ancestor’s marriages were a love match? How can we get beyond the documents and ‘read ‘the story as correctly as we can. On this Valentine’s weekend, I like to remember what is known about my grandparent’s short marriage. My father’s mother – Margaret – was an ‘absent’ presence in our family history. Within weeks of giving birth to my father, Margaret died. Little concrete was known about her, and in fact for many years my family research project was labelled “Margaret Lost.” It seemed important to document anything I could find about her.

The search for my grandparent’s marriage certificate was one of my first forays to the General Register Office. I was surprised to learn from the marriage certificate that, although from the same village, they had not married in their parish church. It seems Margaret was in service and married in the church near her workplace. Wanting to make sure I had the correct record, I showed my father his parents’ marriage-certificate. To my surprise, he was overcome with emotion.

The church where my grandparents married, was, it seems, the same church that my grandfather brought his own son to, each and every Sunday of my father‘s childhood. As a young child, my father could not understand why his father chose to worship in this church some miles distant from their village home. Learning that his father had married in this church made a great deal of sense to my father. We realized that each Sunday, my grandfather was, in fact, making a pilgrimage back to church where he had married Margaret. Together with the fact that he never remarried makes me think that grandfather and Margaret’s union was indeed a love match. Oh, and the fact that Margaret did not bring a big farm to the family!

From our vantage point today, we hope that our ancestors were love matches. However, we know that in the past many marriages were based on the need for security and companionship. It’s probably true to say that many of our ancestors entered into marriage, hoping to build love on these foundations.

By Eneclann Research Expert,

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The Expert Workshops Return!

Our first guest speaker will be Catriona Crowe of the National Archives.

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Catriona Crowe is Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland. She is Manager of the Irish Census Online Project, which has placed the 1901 and 1911 censuses online free of charge over the last years. She is an Editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, which published its eighth volume, covering the period 1945-48, in November 2012. She is editor of Dublin 1911, published by the Royal Irish Academy in late 2011.

She is Honorary President of the Irish Labour History Society, and a former President of the Women’s History Association.  She is Chairperson of the Irish Theatre Institute, which promotes and supports Irish theatre and has created an award-winning website of Irish theatre productions. She is Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Limerick. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Catriona will be giving a talk on:

Online genealogical resources: what the National Archives has in store in 2015.

 Time:2.30pm,12th of February.

Location:National Archives Boardroom.


Our second guest speaker will be Mary Cahill

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Mary Cahill is a professional Trainer, designing and delivering information technology courses to private and public sector clients for over 15 years.  She caters for all levels from basic to advanced users of application software.

Mary has had an interest in genealogy for many years and completed the certificate course in Family History at UCD in 2012. She has continued to enhance her knowledge by conducting research on behalf of private clients.

Throughout her studies and research Mary was surprised by the extent of IT knowledge required by a professional genealogist and has frequently been called upon to assist her fellow genealogists in developing their skills.

Mary will be giving a talk on:

“Learn to love your computer again: how to get better results from the digital tools at your command.”

 Time: 2pm,14th of February.

Location: National Library of Ireland.



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Welcome back and happy 2015. In the latest Eneclann newsletter we let you in on some exciting new events coming up this year for Eneclann. We have the latest edition of Irish Lives Remembered featuring part 2 of the story of Princess Charlene of Monaco’s Irish roots, and an intriguing royal link to QE2!  We bring you the real truth behind George Clooney’s Irish Roots, and our readers’ “favourite bit” – the Research tip of the week. We have the first news of events in 2015, where you can meet the Eneclann experts at home and abroad; And, if you still want more, we have an article on “Workhouses and Direct Provision”, published in The Journal. Enjoy icon smile 18th of January 2015, Latest Eneclann Newsletter.

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Fiona’s trip to Saltlake City
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Earlier this month Fiona visited Salt Lake City, Utah for work. She was there to attend a board meeting of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and stayed on for the APG’s annual Professional Management Conference. Read how Fiona got on here.


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Teaching Irish Family History in Salt Lake City

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The British Institute has invited Eneclann’s own Fiona Fitzsimons to teach the Irish Track in its’ prestigious course, next September in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the recent edition of British Connections magazine, Fiona wrote about what she hoped to impart to all those signing up to her course. “My main goal will be to help my students to “navigate” the tumult of Irish history” Read the full article .


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The January/February edition of ,Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine is now out, There’s some fabulous feature articles in this latest issue, but we’re most interested in the story of Princess Charlene of Monaco’s Irish roots.  Princess Charlene has an intriguing connection to the English Queen Elizabeth II.  Go to page 26 and,read this wonderful story.



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RootsTech 2015

Eneclann are heading to,RootsTech 2015 conference, The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) will also hold its 2015 National Conference in conjunction with,RootsTech  in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 12-14, 2015,Read all about it here.

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Probate Genealogy.

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Eneclann and,Heirsireland, Ireland’s two leading probate genealogy firms, have combined to provide a comprehensive genealogical service to the Irish legal profession. With over 60 years combined experience on legal, title and probate research, which includes: Completing research, Identifying rightful heirs, Preparing required documentation and more,Read about The Irish Probate Genealogy Partners services here.




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Eneclann’s own Fiona Fitzsimons recently published an article in the online magazine The Journal, in which she compared the hated workhouse system in the 19th Century and the current system of Direct Provision in today’s Ireland.  The article developed out of the Expert Workshop series held last year.  Fiona drew on the research of Dr. Gerard Moran, who gave the September workshop in the National Library (2014),Read the full story here,and tell us what do you think ?

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Irish Genealogy Summer School


The UCC Genealogy Summer School is back in 2015.  The School will include some of the leading experts working in their field, and will include over 42 lectures, field-trips, and other optional visits,Read all about it here.


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The Genealogy Radio Show.

Tune in to the most recent episode of Lorna Moloney’s “The Genealogy Radio Show”, broadcast on Community Radio Corca Baiscinn. Listen here to Episode 16: ‘Nicholas Rynne – Michael McTeigue, Champion of the world from Kilnamona.



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Research Tip of the week

This week our research-tip is written by Carmel Gilbride, who ponders on the use of,‘negative findings’ in research.

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The Truth behind George Clooney’s Irish Roots

In 2005 an American genealogist discovered George Clooney’s Irish roots in Windgap, county Kilkenny.  Since then, extravagant claims have been made about George’s ancestry, not least that they made carpets for the Titanic.  Between 2012 and 2014 Eneclann’s own Fiona Fitzsimons & Helen Moss delved into Mr. Clooney’s Irish family history, and found a complex but compelling story.

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Eneclann feature’s in today’s Sunday Independent with an article on Hollywood star George Clooney and the real story behind his Irish Roots, The article gathers information from research discovered by Eneclann’s very own Expert researcher Fiona Fitzsimons, You can read the article online here.

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These findings were also featured in the July/August edition of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-magazine. The 8 page article can be downloaded for free at ​ http://bit.ly/1oabNpL. It is here you can read the full story on George Clooney’s Kilkenny homestead

Irish Lives Remembered is a bi-monthly digital publication helping people of Irish heritage globally trace their Irish ancestry.​



Eneclann Winter Sale Continues!

Dont forget our Big Winter SALE is on right now!

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This publication is a reproduction of the successful series The Irish Ancestor, which was published from 1969 to 1986.

The Irish Genealogist, Vols. 1-8

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All our directories and registers which cover the whole country are now,HALF PRICE

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Thom’s Irish Almanac & Official Directory for 1884.

This is a very big publication containing nearly 2,000 pages, with a vast amount of information about Ireland, the government in general, and Dublin city and county in particular.

Leet’s Directory  (2nd ed., 1814)

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The closing decades of the eighteenth century witnessed considerable improvements in the quality of the communications infrastructure in Ireland, and consequent increases in economic activity and trade.

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This superb book includes a full commercial directory for the entire country. Organised by Province, and then town, it lists all the principal office holders, gentry, professionals, trades, hotels, schools, public institutions, churches, and even pubs for each town in Ireland.





Brian Cantwell’s Memorials of the Dead:
The Collected Works

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For the first time, the works of one of Ireland’s most eminent researchers of gravestone inscriptions have been collected into one publication,Read more about these memorials here.


Remember all publications are now,50% OFF, until January the 12th 2015,


head over to the website now and enjoy our sale.
If you purchase a download title and don’t receive your download link immediately, don’t worry – this is a busy time of year for us but we’ll be on the case when your order is confirmed, and you should receive your link within a few hours or so.

Happy Browsing,

*Special offer applies at the checkout on all titles but not on already discounted publications.

**While the 50 per cent off offer applies to the vast majority of our publications.

Eliza Lynch Queen of Paraguay

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Tonight on RTÉ One at 10.15pm they are taking a look at the life of Cork-born woman Eliza Lynch, who is considered a bit of a national hero in Paraguay. Back in the nineteenth century her and her family left Ireland for Paris where she managed to catch the eye of the son of a Paraguayan dictator. A few years ago Eneclann Researcher Helen Moss conducted research for Michael Lillis – 2014 – Biography & Autobiography on Eliza Lynch, Helen found the baptism certificate of Eliza Lynch Roman Catholic church, Charleville,2 May 1834: Eliza to John Lynch and Jane Lloyd, Read the facinating story here.

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Eneclann and Heirsireland, Ireland’s two leading probate genealogy firms, have combined to provide a comprehensive genealogical service to the Irish legal profession.

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Irish Probate Genealgy partners have over 60 years combined experience legal, title and probate research, which includes:

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Irish Probate Genealogy Partners have experience in over 1000 estates proving kinship in even the most challenging cases. Whether you require due diligence research for wills or full kinship research in intestate estates a team of experienced Irish probate genealogists is available to assist you.

If you would like to hear more about what we do, you can visit us in our offices in Aungier Street to meet the team or Contact us here.

We also offer a free* in-house presentation to Solicitors and Barristers on

‘Probate genealogy: How our skills can assist your business’

This presentation can also be booked for groups anywhere in Ireland by contacting info@probategenealogy.ie


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If you would like to know more about what we do and the service we provide please check out our website www.probategenealogy.ie


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