Turtle Bunbury is a best-selling author, historian and TV presenter. His books include the award-winning Vanishing Ireland series, Sporting Legends of Ireland, The Irish Pub and Living in Sri Lanka. The fourth 'Vanishing Ireland' book will be published in 2013.
"Everyone is excited when you can link them to a famous person or someone heroic, although some people love to have a good villain in the family as well"
Turtle's website: www.turtlebunbury.com
John came to professional genealogy in 1981. As in-house researcher for the Genealogical Office in 1990-91, he was instrumental in setting up the GO Consultation Service, the forerunner of the current Advisory Services in the National Library and National Archives.
In 2005, he was the first Genealogist-in-Residence at Dublin City Library and Archive, with whom he has developed a number of research databases (www.dublinheritage.ie). In 2007, he was awarded a fellowship of The Irish Genealogical Research Society. In 2010, he was awarded a fellowship of The Genealogical Society of Ireland. Among his publications are Tracing your Irish Ancestors , the standard guide (Gill & Macmillan, 4th ed. forthcoming 2012), Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), Generations (1996), An Illustrated History of Ireland (1997), "The Genealogical Office and its Records" in The Genealogical Office, (1999), Grenham's Irish Surnames (CD-ROM, 2003). Since February 2009, he has written the "Irish Roots" column published every Monday in The Irish Times. In June 2011 he launched an online course in Irish Genealogy with Irish Times Training (www.irishtimestraining.com).
He was Project Manager with the Irish Genealogical Project from 1991 to 1995 and later went on to develop and market his own genealogical software, Grenham's Irish Recordfinder. Since 1998, he has run the Irish Times "Irish Ancestors" website (www.irishtimes.com/ancestor).
"I've been helping people look for their ancestors for almost 30 years, but seeing their delight and astonishment when they find something still gives me as much of a thrill as ever. I never tire of showing just how easy family history research can actually be, and how much fun. And I love cupboards with skeletons in them."
John's website: www.johngrenham.com
Susan is a genealogist who has been involved in family history research since 1997. With a background in teaching and IT, she became a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland in 2010.
"I am regularly amazed by the emotional impact that genealogy can have on people. It's not always about linking the client to somebody important, but rather linking them to somebody who is important to them. It's filling in the blanks in the lives of their lost ancestors. The discovery of someone famous, a black sheep or a family rogue, is often just an unexpected bonus."
Susan's website: www.ofirishdescent.com