We in The Wild Geese social network, now 13 months old, are experiencing a swell of interest and passion in exploring Irish ancestry among our growing membership. No surprise, considering that we as a community have already produced thousands of pages of content -- articles, photographs, video and audio links, and events -- all with one overarching purpose -- to better understand, and celebrate the extraordinarily rich Irish experience.
Our newest initiative from The Wild Geese, ‘Uncovering Our Irish Ancestry,’ aims to encourage collaboration between our members and consulting experts as we plumb and share our collective experiences, to help us better chronicle our families’ colorful and distinct Irish histories.
In the days and weeks and months ahead, fellow Wild Geese members will generate and share articles, family trees, research, resources, discussions, tips, and input from genealogical professionals. With this, we fully expect many members to pursue, and overcome, the obstacles that keep us from identifying key individuals, and incidents, in our family histories.
The Wild Geese community, and its nearly 2,000 members, feels uniquely placed to achieve these goals. Each day within our thousands of pages, our members explore and promote the epic heritage of the Irish worldwide, providing an extraordinarily rich context, esprit and passion for the Irish story -- from the perspectives of family, village, nations and continents.
To further our mission, we have recruited two outstanding professional genealogists: Helen Kelly, right, of Helen Kelly Genealogy, and Nicola Morris, of Timeline Irish Genealogy. In the days, weeks and months ahead, both Nicola and Helen will be posting articles and other content aimed at providing fresh genealogical insights for fellow readers and members.
Nicola Morris (left), like Helen Kelly a mainstay in the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland, has a degree in history from Trinity College Dublin. Nicola in 2007 set up Timeline Research Ltd. offering professional genealogical research services. She works closely with the production company for the BBC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” and has appeared on camera with Rosie O'Donnell, Jeremy Irons, Graham Norton and Chris Moyles. Nicola has researched the Irish family history of Martin Sheen, Rashida Jones and many others.
Helen Kelly holds an extra-mural certificate in genealogy from UCD and a Diploma in Local History from NUI Maynooth. In 2012 she completed a three-year term as APGI president. Helen also serves as genealogist-in-residence at Dublin’s historical Shelbourne Hotel. In her capacity as a genealogy advisory consultant, and through her research, Helen has been in the forefront of encouraging the descendants of Irish emigrants to reconnect with their Irish heritage.
Nicola and Helen will be authoring case studies submitted by members, selected for their applicability to the searches of many. Both Nicola and Helen, among the newest members of The Wild Geese Irish Heritage Partnership, are available for private consulting, as well, designed to better provide members a desired breakthrough in unravelling an Irish family history.
With new technology coming online daily, we as a community will also explore the expanding means of exploring our pasts using DNA analysis. The goal here is to raise awareness of cutting-edge genealogical services, help identify quality, affordable providers of those services, as well as to generate invaluable information about Irish family history to our growing number of members and visitors. WG
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