Turtle Bunbury is a best-selling author and historian. In October 2011, Turtle will launch 'Vanishing Ireland - Recollections of Our Changing Times'. The first two volumes of the Vanishing Ireland series were shortlisted for the Best Irish-Published Book of the Year Awards in 2007 and 2010. Turtle's other books include 'Sporting Legends of Ireland', 'The Irish Pub', 'Living in Sri Lanka', 'Dublin Docklands' and 'The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Wicklow'. His most recent book is 'Pure Irish History - Twenty Four Colourful Tales' Turtle is also the founder of Your History in a Book (www.historyinabook.com), creating thoroughly researched and handsomely illustrated family and corporate histories, presented as leather-bound books.
Turtle's website: www.turtlebunbury.com
John Grenham came to professional genealogy in 1981, as one of the panel of researchers in the Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland. As in-house researcher for that Office in 1990-91, he was instrumental in setting up the Consultation Service, the forerunner of the current Genealogical Advisory Services in the National Library and National Archives.
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).
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).
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