Michael Rooney has an expert knowledge of Northern Ireland and Ulster records and surnames and surname origins.  Michael has been providing genealogy research in Northern Ireland for Ancestor Network for 4 years and has been the Permanent Representative and Lead Genealogist for Ancestor Network’s Northern Ireland Branch since October 2017.  He has been a member of Ancestor Network’s panellists of genealogists providing Genealogy Advisory Services at the National Library of Ireland since 2014. He is the co-founder and principal researcher of Iveagh Ancestry established in 2010.  Michael also served as a Co-ordinator of Genealogy workshops on behalf of North Down Borough Council’s EU funded Peace III Project for adults focusing on different aspects of genealogical research.  He was previously a Teacher of History to 11-18 year-olds at All Saints’ School, York and has designed and delivered a range of history projects for primary schools in Northern Ireland.

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Probate Services in Northern Ireland

Ancestor Network has a proven track record and high success rate in providing a rapid response to identify heirs to unclaimed estates. Our branch in Northern Ireland reflects our ability to trace potential heirs with Ulster roots and families who moved throughout Ireland.

Genealogical Research in Northern Ireland

Ancestor Network Northern Ireland brings experienced, professional expertise to your genealogical research needs in Ulster. We provide expert knowledge of all the Northern Ireland-based archives and records and can assist you in tracing your ancestors and putting together your family tree.

DNA and Genetic Genealogy in Northern Ireland

A common research goal is to trace ancestors back to the Ulster Plantations of the early seventeenth century or to the earlier Gaelic clans. Little documentary evidence survives for this period but DNA testing can bring additional information to help trace ancestral origins. When the paper trail ends, DNA testing can show family connections to specific areas of Ulster.

Hospitality and Tour Services in Northern Ireland

Ancestor Network Northern Ireland offers local expertise for both individual tours and larger groups. We can provide a bespoke itinerary for families wishing to visit sites such as homesteads and places of worship or arrange events for larger groups.

Ancestor Network’s Irish (EU) Passport Services

With BREXIT on the horizon If you have a parent or grandparent from Ireland (Weather North or South) you can apply for an Irish passport. Ancestor Network Northern Ireland can help obtain proof of your relationship to Northern Irish parents or grandparents.

Other Services

Ancestor Network Northern Ireland can offer a wide range of services associated with genealogical education and heritage tourism in Northern Ireland. We offer bespoke, expert-led packages to meet your requirements



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