John Hamrock, the founder of Ancestor Network in 2007, is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Aiden Feerick joined Ancestor Network in February 2009 and works on family history research assignments. Read more about John's and Aiden's credentials in genealogy and family history below. As a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, please read the Code of Ethics and also Ancestor.ie's Privacy Statement which we take very seriously.
John Hamrock specialises in Irish family research. He holds a Diploma and a Certificate in Genealogy/Family History (First Class Honours) from the National University of Ireland, UCD Dublin. He has written a book, Tracing Your Roscommon Ancestors, which was published by Flyleaf Press (www.flyleaf.ie) in Dublin in 2007. He is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the Genealogical Society of Ireland, the Irish Genealogical Research Society, the Irish Family History Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society, the Guild of One Name Studies, the International Association of Amateur Heralds, and the Society of Genealogists.
John was elected to the Board of Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland Limited in March 2010 where he serves as Director of National Projects and is responsible for affiliations with overseas genealogical associations. John was also elected at the Annual General Meetings of the Ireland Branch of the Irish Genealogical Research Society 2009 / 2010 and 2010 / 2011 Committees.
John grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked in the financial services industry for twenty-five years both in the United States and in a number of European countries. He holds an MBA (with distinction) in International Business and Industrial Development from the University of Ulster in Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Suffolk University in Boston and a Certificate in Investment Planning from Boston University. He and his family now live in Dublin.
Copy of Diploma in Genealogy/Family History (First Class Honours) awarded to John Hamrock from the National University of Ireland, UCD Dublin, in October 2007 and Certificate in Genealogy/Family History (First Class Honours) awarded to John Hamrock from the National University of Ireland, UCD Dublin, in June 2006. These are the highest third level academic genealogical qualifications availabe in Ireland.
Copy of John Hamrock's Certificate of Membership in the International Association of Amateur Heralds
The National Library of Ireland will be adding John Hamrock's contact details to their web-based list of genealogical researchers at http://www.nli.ie/en/commission-research.aspx.
The National Archives of ireland has added John Hamrock's contact details to its paper-based and web-based list of genealogical researchers.
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Aiden Feerick has always had an interest in local and family history. Since national school he has had an interest in place names, the land question and memorials of the dead. This comes from growing up in County Mayo in close proximity to the parish graveyard before rural electrification, before television and before houses had the modern conveniences we now take so much for granted. In a word, he grew up during the fifties when the way of life of country people had not changed for generations. So, he understands from direct experience what life was like two or three generations ago.
After reading Classical languages at University College Dublin and after a short spell teaching, he went to live and work in Italy. There he spent nearly 25 years. This is a country where family records go back hundreds and in the case of aristocratic families, thousands of years.
Returning to Ireland, he decided to investigate the history of his own family. He joined the University College Dublin Genealogy course tutored by Sean J Murphy M.A., a well know genealogist and family historian. The three year course covered all important aspects of genealogical research: births marriages and deaths records searches, Census searches, ecclesiastical records searches, wills and court records as well as land registry searches. Time was also devoted to the study of armigerous families as well as to early documents
like the Tithe Applotment Books. Because emigration was such an important factor in 19th century Ireland, especially towards the USA, research techniques in this field were extensively covered.
During the course of the three years, Aiden specialised in the study of records relating to County Mayo, his home country. In the final year, he prepared a critical edition of the Tithe Applotment Book for the parish of Killedan in the same county. This is as yet unpublished.
Having recently retired, he was delighted when John Hamrock, his classmate from the genealogy course, asked him to join www.ancestor.ie in offering qualified genealogical services to clients.
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