Hello, I am Ciara Chivers – the genealogist at Shamrock Roots. I love helping people to make discoveries about their family history and connect with their heritage. I take pride in a job well done so I strive to provide quality products that you and your family can treasure.
In the course of earning an MSc (Distinction) in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde, my work was rigorously assessed and judged to have met the highest standards of practice. I have carried out genealogical research in a range of countries and time periods, including using genetic genealogy (interpreting DNA test results), palaeography (deciphering old handwriting), heraldry (coats of arms) and advanced tools and techniques for researching and reporting. Furthermore, I regularly engage in activity to maintain and develop my professional knowledge and competence.
I particularly enjoy researching the people and places of Ireland and I have many years of experience tracing family trees in Ireland as well as following the stories of Irish emigrants and their descendants in Great Britain, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Since I have research experience in other regions too, I am happy to consider projects with a different geographic scope.
For my Master’s dissertation, I researched the Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland (also known as the Journal of the Irish Memorials Association). I was awarded an RQG prize for achieving the highest mark that year. I developed a tool to help others to use this wonderful source for researching their Irish family history and local history: memsdead.com.
- Irish diaspora
- Irish genealogy
- Northern Ireland
MSc (Distinction) in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at University of Strathclyde
Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at University of Strathclyde
Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at University of Strathclyde