DRS. MICHAEL VAN TURNHOUT was born in The Netherlands, served as a Second Lieutenant in the Dutch army and has a Doctorandus degree from Tilburg University.

He has been living in Ireland for over 20 years and has totally immersed himself in Irish life. Michael has always had a keen interest in history and on arriving in Ireland he toured the country researching its diverse history and folklore. Michael has researched the history of townlands, local monuments and houses.

Michael also has a fascination with maps. Combining maps with his spatial ability and the fact he is a keen walker, Michael has been able to find the location of many old monuments, streams, former land boundaries, and so forth.

Michael helps clients appreciate the timeline in question, adding context with his knowledge of history of the locality and its landmarks. His mapping and spatial skills come to the fore in being able to pinpoint where your ancestors lived and how they interacted with their neighbours. Through these combined skills, he adds depth to understanding the life of your ancestor. Michael has published articles in his Local History publication, after which he began taking commissioned work.

Michael has been involved in several voluntary organisations on a national, regional and local basis. He is the current Chair of his local resident’s association and an active member of his local history society.