How to get started

We can provide all you will need to assist you with your Family Tree research.

Have a look around our site and when you are ready to come back to us to help guide you on your journey, fill out the assessment form here. We want this to be an enjoyable experience for you where each exciting step takes you closer to your family's origins

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Why choose us?

Our services range from record retrieval, basic family research, detailed family research reports, consultancy services, talks, seminars and workshops.

Despite a growing number of Irish databases going online and some wonderful free sources which lead people to thinking they can research without assistance of an expert genealogist, there is more to researching your family than obtaining records or certificates. What do you do then? An expert genealogist can analyse the data and explain discrepencies or factors that might have led to the absence of records. Some parish registers can be difficult to decipher if you are not familiar with Irish names or placenames but an Irish researcher like Noreen of Hibernia Roots will be ideally placed to interpret (most!) handwriting.

If you are not sure where exactly your ancestors lived, don't worry, we will do our best to find them for you using our tools, knowledge and years of experience in genealogy. We've helped clients at all stages of their Irish ancestral research from absolute beginners, those too busy to find the time to concentrate on researching, and those who have hit the 'brick wall'. More and more people are using family research as a gift for a special occassion such as a wedding anniversary or special birthday. One of our popular packages, which includes a bound book, is a fantastic momento to share especially for those who prefer to read it at their leisure.  Each report is tailor made and personalised following consultation with you (e.g. using your family photos to be included or anecdotes).

For Consultancy Services and Workshops tailor-made to your requirements contact me at:noreen@hiberniaroots.com

Do Your Homework

The first step before engaging our services is to accumulate all the information you have already. This could mean gathering photographs, identifying who was in the photograph and possible timeframe, or just listing names of family members back from yourself. Check with older members of the family if there are gaps in the names you have listed. You need to know where in Ireland your ancestors originated, ideally, the townland, town or county. If you have dates of birth or other important dates such as marriage or deaths these could mean the difference in speeding up our research and keeping your costs to a minimum.  If there are any family anecdotes, note them for further research and verification. Please be aware, sometimes stories grow with the telling, so what may have been believed as fact, may not be, when details are investigated. On the other hand, what might have sounded far-fetched, and considered the ramblings of  Auntie Bessie, may in fact be proven to be true!

When you think you have as much information as is available within the family, complete our assessment form and we will take it from there.

 

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Irish Citizenship service

There's an old Irish joke: 'There are two types of people in the world, those who are Irish and those who wish they were'!

There is a growing interest among the Irish diaspora, in proving their Irish heritage and taking it a step further by obtaining an Irish Passport or Irish Citizenship. This has taken on a new meaning with political and economic changes since 2016 especially the after effects of Brexit in the UK when the people voted to leave the European Union. 

It is possible if you live outside Ireland and are the child or grandchild of an Irish-born person, to apply on that basis to obtain an Irish passport or Citizenship. It can seem daunting wading through all the requirements and supporting documents needed to be eligible. Hibernia Roots have been successfully providing a consultancy service where we obtain the civil records needed and talk you through the process. Each case is different so we customise our service and our fees to your individual needs. In some cases we make enquiries on your behalf with the Department of Foreign Affairs if necessary. It is possible to have dual citizenship under Irish law.

If you are interested in applyiing and want to know what is involved, email us at  hiberniaroots@gmail.com  for a quote.