The Genealogy Roadshow
Do you have a family mystery to solve?
The Genealogy Roadshow is back for another series!
Hosted by Derek Mooney, RTE's hit genealogy series The Genealogy Roadshow is returning to screens next year and once again they are keen to help as many people as possible find their place in history!
Last year The Roadshow's crack historical and genealogical team helped hundreds of ordinary people trace their family's roots and discover extraordinary stories from their past. The Collins family from Boston were reunited with long lost relations in Co Galway, the experts helped Paul Duffy from Co Meath trace the owner of a mysterious 1858 passport and they even found evidence of a link between Glenn Webb from Dublin and the Arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton.
There are people across Ireland who may be related to Hollywood Icons like Bing Crosby and Gene Kelly. Australian Outlaw Ned Kelly's family may still be living in Tipperary. Have you heard family stories that you are related? The family of the world's most famous businessman Henry Ford were Munster people, but who did they leave behind?
But it's not just family connections to politicians, entertainers or sports personalities that they can help prove? Perhaps you have always wondered whether one of your relations was involved in a dramatic part of local or national history? Perhaps you need help tracing a missing branch of the family. Maybe you have a mysterious family document or an heirloom that you just can't explain. If there is any kind of mystery in your family tree, then the team of experts can help you solve it.
Tell them the story and they will search for the evidence.
Our Team of Experts
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."
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.
"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."
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"