JILLIAN VAN TURNHOUT NÉE HASSETT is a respected children’s and human rights expert and former Senator in the upper house of the Irish Parliament. Throughout Jillian’s career, in both the private and public sector, her achievements have been recognised including winning the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Politician of the Year Award. Most recently, her work has been recognised by the President of France who awarded her the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, the second highest national Order of France.
Parallel to this work, Jillian has been developing her skills as a genealogist and has researched her own and clients’ family history throughout Ireland, the UK, USA and Canada. Jillian is passionate about family history and understands the richness and fulfilment that goes with finding out about your ancestors and their lives. She joins with other genealogists campaigning for the publication of the 1926 Census of Ireland.
Despite the current laws in Ireland presenting a number of roadblocks, Jillian has broken through barriers and assisted former adoptees in tracing their roots. During her time in the Irish Senate, Jillian championed the right of adoptees to have their right to identity firmly established in law.
Through her extensive voluntary and professional career, Jillian has developed an extensive network of contacts throughout Ireland. In 2010, Jillian was awarded the ‘Freedom of Killarney’, County Kerry.
Jillian has attended genealogy conferences and seminars in Ireland, the UK and USA, including Roots Tech in Salt Lake City, the largest family history event in the world.
In the words of Roots author Alex Haley “In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage – to know who we are and where we have come from.” Jillian has decided to dedicate herself full time to bringing the richness of your Irish family history to life for you.
MICHAEL VAN TURNHOUT was born in The Netherlands, has a Doctorandus (Masters) degree from Tilburg University and served as a Second Lieutenant in the Dutch army.
He has been living in Ireland for over 20 years and has totally immersed himself in Irish life. He is 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, among others.
He supports Jillian in the running of the company, its finances, its website and social media.
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