Irish Family History Specialists
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Why Hire Us

Are you looking to discover your Irish roots? Trying to find out what county your ancestors came from? Or struggling to find that elusive record?

We offer professional research services that have already helped many of your fellow family historians. Below we give you six reasons why we believe we are the ideal partner for your research into your Irish family history.

Please explore our website to find out about us and ask for a free assessment of your research question.

1. Because we are Irish

First of all, because is based in Dublin. We have therefore ready access to all Irish archives and libraries. And of course, we have subscriptions to all relevant Irish family history databases.

2. Because we have the expertise and the passion

Jillian van Turnhout, our founder and MD, has over 10 years’ experience in tracing Irish family histories. She is passionate about genealogy and understands the richness and fulfilment that goes with finding out about your ancestors and their lives.

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3. Because we are recognised specialists in Irish genealogy

We have been published in various genealogical and local history magazines in both Ireland and North America. Our articles are about our research, advice on record collections, research tips, local history, etc. Magazines we have appeared in include the respected “Irish Family History Journal” (Journal of the Irish Family History Society – IFHS), “Your Genealogy Today” and “Internet Genealogy” (both are publications in North America). You can download our articles by following the link below.

Our Published Articles


4. Because our Irish ancestry research is professional, factual and solid

Before we start any research, we will discuss with you what exactly it is that you hope we find. We will get you to share what you already know – so we don’t duplicate what you have already done but also to determine if there is data we need to double check. We will always agree with you our research approach and the cost before starting any work, so there are no surprises afterwards. We have a clear method of research and adhere rigorously to best practices for genealogical research. You can read more about both in the “Professional Irish Ancestry Research” section of this website.



The Genealogical Proof Standard is a guideline published by the Board for Certification of Genealogists for establishing the reliability of genealogical research with reasonable certainty. We adhere rigorously to these guidelines.


5. Because our Irish family history reports are top notch

Another reason is that we will present our findings in a clearly laid out, professional report. Our clients are raving about them – as you can read in our client testimonials. And of course, you will get digital copies of all certificates and documents we find.


6. Because assessment of your research question into your Irish roots is FREE

Before making any decisions though, why not ask for a free assessment of your research question. We will give you an honest appraisal of our chances to find the information you are looking for and how much it will cost to do the research.

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Examples of Our Work

Hassett Andrew Family History
Hassett Family Wisconsin

It was really fantastic!! So much my father didn’t know. Was quite emotional to watch him discover all the information you found. I will be in touch again as I want you to branch out further now on both sides.
Sarah, China and Ireland

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Jillian provided a wealth of information about my Great Great Grandparents. I longed to know where they lived in Ireland and because of her extraordinary talent, I have that valuable information. Her incredible ability of knowing where to locate difficult records is an amazing talent and I feel very fortunate to have her researching my ancestors in Ireland.
Dorothy, Florida, USA

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Many, many thanks for the exceptional work you did tracking down my Irish ancestors. It was the best money I ever spent; your service was worth every penny and more.

I’ve enjoyed — and continue to enjoy — poring over the details contained in your amazing 10-page report and 18 supporting documents. They have spurred me to keep digging.
Debra, New York, USA

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Your work is perfect Jillian, thanks very much. I’m so pleased I commissioned you to research my family, it saved me countless hours of fruitless searching. Your final report is so detailed, professionally presented and easy to read. I really wasn’t expecting so much information. Well done and again thank you, it was well worth it.
Michael, Queensland, Australia

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After a considerable amount of very frustrating and disappointing time trying to find my Irish ancestors, I contacted Their performance exceeded all my expectations, in both quality and time. Jillian came up with a wealth of information. I will not hesitate to recommend to my friends.
Jim, Ontario, Canada

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I commissioned Jillian to find a photo of “J.F. Hudson”, former Captain of the Royal Dublin Golf Club. We had a blank space in the Club Photo gallery of Past Captains for him. As John Fenton Hudson never married and had no direct descendants Jillian first had to trace back to his parents to find his siblings and then trace forwards and found his Grandnieces. She impressed with her skills and commitment leaving no stone unturned to succeed in this challenge. His Photo is now included after many years!
Tom, Memorabilia Committee, The Royal Dublin Golf Club

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My husband wanted to explore his Irish roots in hopes of obtaining dual citizenship.  Living just outside Chicago, it was difficult for us to do the research ourselves. While we learned he did not qualify, Jillian and were able to solve quite a few long standing mysteries about his family.  They worked tirelessly until they got answers and presented us with a thorough report on their comprehensive efforts. The service was excellent.  Jillian was a pleasure to work with.  I highly recommend them.
Eleonora, Chicago, USA

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Mum is pouring over all the details…. I can see many conversations in the future, wonderful to find out your grandparents names at the age of 77! Thank you.
Fiona, Ireland

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I have always longed to trace my family origins and didn’t know how to go about it. After meeting Jillian by chance, I commissioned her to research my family history.  Jillian’s research brought life and excitement to my roots and successfully traced my family as far back as 1823.
Majella, Ireland

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