Irish Family History Specialists

About Us

Here you can find information on our founder and MD Jillian van Turnhout and fellow director (and husband) Michael van Turnhout.

Also on this page you will find our company info and our privacy policy.

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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.

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For over 10 years Jillian has been developing her skills as a genealogist and has researched both her own and her clients’ family histories. Her own story has brought her to all corners of Ireland, the UK ans Wisconsin. Jillian is passionate about family history and understands the richness and fulfillment that goes with finding out about your ancestors and their lives. She is now working full time as a genealogist, helping clients discovering their Irish ancestry.

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.

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

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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.


About Our company






Slate Cabin Lane
Dublin 18
D18 DF34
Ireland is a trading name of ‘Isiltir Group’. It is registered in Ireland’s Companies Registration Office under number 600195. Registered for tax purposes in Ireland under number IE 3480110RH.

Also part of ‘Isiltir Group’ are Jillian van Turnhout Consultancy and

Payment terms are agreed on a case by case basis but are in principle in advance of commencement of work. We accept payment via bank transfer (please contact us for bank details), cheques (please make them payable to Jillian van Turnhout), PayPal and credit and debit cards (via our PayPal account). We can accept card payments in EUR, GPB and USD; all other payments are EUR only. Privacy Policy


What is this Privacy Policy for?

This privacy policy is for this website It is served by and governs the privacy of its users who choose to use it.

The policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations & requirements of the users, the website and website owners. Furthermore the way this website processes, stores and protects user data and information will also be detailed within this policy.

The Website

This website and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience. This website complies to all Irish national laws and requirements for user privacy.

Use of Cookies

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Contact & Communication

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This website and its owners use any information submitted to provide you with further information about the services they offer or to assist you in answering any questions or queries you may have submitted.

Your details are not passed on to any third parties.

External Links

This website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links. However users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website.

The owners of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk. This website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.

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Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.

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Version: June 2017

Edited & customised by: Isiltir Slate Cabin Lane Dublin D18 DF34

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