Maura developed an interest in genealogy and family history as a child. Her summers spent on her uncle's farm in Galway gave her a sense of the history of the place and her ancestors who lived there in the past. This coupled with the mass emigration in the area to places such as New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the US fuelled her curiousity. She has realised that she has actually been compiling her family tree most of her life and has followed the lives of her relatives abroad with enormous enthusiasm. She has been described by some of her relatives as the one who keeps them together. Technology today has brought her even closer to her Diaspora with continuous contact with them and her family in Galway.
She holds a Certificate in Genealogy from University College Dublin and is a member of the Genealogical Society of Ireland. Maura gives genealogy and family history classes in South Dublin and one off presentations. As a panel member of the Genealogy Advisory Service of the National Library and the National Archives of Ireland, she has helped both Irish people and visitors from abroad with their queries. Genealogy and family history continues to be more and more popular and this has given her the opportunity to undertake some research for television.
* Record retrieval from repositories in Ireland
* Initial Consultation
* Research with Report
* Advice on compiling family trees through email and Skype
* Tours of the various repositories and advice on how best to extract their records
* Consultations with visitors from abroad on arrival
* One off presentations
* Classes in family history and genealogy
As there are many common Irish surnames, it is important that as much research is undertaken in your home country about your ancestors before embarking on research in Ireland. Identification of the area where your ancestors came from will greatly enhance your endeavours to find ancestors and establish the amount and type of records that are available to you through the initial consultations.
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