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British Institute.

Eneclann’s Fiona Fitzsimons will be teaching at the 15th annual British Institute in Salt Lake City in Sept 2015. Fiona will be accompanied by some of the best known genealogists in the discipline, including Else Churchill and Bruce Durie. Have a look at the details of the event in full here.

British talk 1


bristh talk 2

Presidential Proclamation: IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2014

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Centuries after America welcomed the first sons and daughters of the Emerald Isle to our shores, Irish heritage continues to enrich our Nation. This month, we reflect on proud traditions handed down through the generations, and we celebrate the many threads of green woven into the red, white, and blue,

Irish Americans have defended our country through times of war, strengthened communities from coast to coast, and poured sweat and blood into building our infrastructure and raising our skyscrapers. Some endured hunger, hardship, and prejudice; many rose to be leaders of government, industry, or culture. Their journey is a testament to the resilience of the Irish character, a people who never stopped dreaming of a brighter future and never stopped striving to make that dream a reality. Today, Americans of all backgrounds can find common ground in the values of faith and perseverance, and we can all draw strength from the unshakable belief that through hard work and sacrifice, we can forge better lives for ourselves and our families.

The American and Irish peoples enjoy a friendship deepened by both shared heritage and shared ideals. On the international stage, we are proud to work in concert toward a freer, more just world. As we honor that enduring connection during Irish-American Heritage Month, let us look forward to many more generations of partnership. May the bond between our peoples only grow in the centuries to come.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2014 as Irish-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


Eneclann’s latest Newsletter 28/02/2014

Eneclann Newsletter

In this issue:

Who Do you Think You are? Live 2014.

Irish Family Census Records

UCC Irish Genealogy Summer School 2014

Research Tip of The Week



Dear Eneclann customer,

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014

Every year Attendees put their family history in the hands of genealogy experts at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in the Olympia London, and of course Eneclann were there to help you understand and find whatever jigsaw pieces you were missing to uncover your family history. The enthusiasm from all the attendees not to mention the exhibitors at the show was second to none, and we were delighted to have been apart of this unique opportunity to offer our Irish Genealogy and History Research services to all. Have a look at some images from the show on our facebook page by clicking on the image above.


WDYTYA Live London 2014 Talks

On Thursday afternoon, Eneclann’s own Fiona Fitzsimons gave a talk on ‘Tracing records of children in care in Ireland 1840s to 1990s.This paper draws on Fiona’s own experience since 1996, working to trace records of children orphaned or otherwise separated from their parents, and raised outside their family.”The information in this talk is intended to be used as a ‘road-map’ for anyone tracing their own record, or the record of an immediate family member, including grandparents and even great-grandparents.”The talk was attended by a small but beautifully formed audience of 40 strong, and interest was such that Fiona was still answering questions an hour after she finished speaking.On Thursday and Friday afternoon of the show, Fiona did some very enjoyable sessions as the Irish expert for the Society of Genealogists.

Eneclann’s Brian Donovan also gave a talk on “Researching Irish Family History Online”. This paper gave an overview of all projects, both private and state funded, to publish Irish records online. There has been a digital revolution in Irish genealogy over the last ten years, but what has been done? And what needs to be done? This talk focused on three issues.Firstly, the background to digitisation in Ireland, and the reasons for the slow pace of development in the past.Secondly, an overview of the major projects in Ireland or abroad dealing with Irish records, and lastly, the options for future progress, and how the genealogical community abroad can help us in Ireland.Brian spent much of his talk focusing on the work of our joint-venture partners findmypast, who have brought so many new records online over the last three years, and gave a sneak peek at what is due for release this year.
Brian also gave two talks on the  findmypast stand entitled “The Irish record collection at findmypast” which gave a beginners overview of the rich resources available there.

     Here are some sneak peek images of records series due for release on findmypast within the next 6 weeks.

1821 Census: Townland of Inisheer,  Aran Islands, Co.Galway

1831 Census: Parish of Ballyscullion, Co. Londonderry

VO House Books: Townland of Killina , Co. Offaly


Irish Genealogy Summer School at Cork University 2014.

There’s a terrific line up of speakers at this years UCC Irish Genealogy Summer School, including Eneclann’s very own, Fiona Fitzsimons and Brian Donovan.

Other experts include Eileen O’Duill, Paul McCotter,Hilary McDonagh,Maeve Mullin and Kyle Betit.

The Summer school is open for online booking see,


Anyone interested can also contact Lorna Moloney directly at


Click on the image below to see the full Timetable of Events.



Research Tip of the Week!

Family names in Ireland can sometimes vary between records.
What at first glance may appear to be a separate and distinct individual, may in fact be the same person recorded by a variant of their family name.
In the last week alone I found a Mary Mulderg who was also recorded in the parish registers as Reddington – the common denominator being the Irish word ‘dearg’ i.e. ‘red.’
When in doubt consult the oracle: McLysaght’s Surnames of Ireland is an excellent guide.

Best wishes, The Eneclann Team

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Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014

Eneclann are looking forward to attending Who Do you think you are ? Live  at the Olympia in London from 20th-22nd February.

Our Research Expert, Fiona Fitzsimons, gives a talk on “Orphans, foundlings and outcast: Irish records of Children in care” ca. 1840’4 to 1952 at 12.15pm  on Thursday 20th February, while Brian delivers “Researching Irish Family History Online” at 3.15pm on Saturday 22nd February.WDYTYA_live

Brian also delivers talks on “Irish record Collections of Find my Past” at 3.15pm on Friday 21st  and 12.15pm on Saturday 22nd.

You will find us at stand 544, where we will be waiting to show you all the latest family history findings from Tom Cruise’s Irish Ancestry to President Barack Obama’s Irish links and so much more.

Fiona will also be part of the “Ask the experts” panel on
Thursday the 20th form 4-5.30pm and Friday the 21st from 12-2pm at the Olympia.

see you there.

Find out more about Who Do You Think You Are? Live here