Stephen graduated with a degree in History from Trinity College Dublin in 2008. His undergraduate dissertation Money, Murder and Moonshine charted the effect of illicit distillation (poteen brewing) on the western seaboard during the 1920s and 30s. No sampling was necessary during the research process.
Stephen took a self-imposed sabbatical from history and immersed himself in the IT and Digital Media world, before the visit of a Canadian cousin sparked his interest in genealogy. He has recently traced his paternal line to Westmeath in the latter part of the 18th century. He has also digitised the remarkable research his late maternal grandfather conducted, which traced the maternal branch of the family back to 17th century Cork. The research is all the more impressive considering it was undertaken in the pre-digitisation era and Stephen hopes to expand on this in the future.
Stephen deals primarily with probate genealogy; documenting kinship and tracing living relatives. He has also worked as a member of the Genealogy Advisory Service based in the National Library of Ireland for the past two years.