WHAT'S WHAT in IRISH GENEALOGY
Research Assessment Service
Provided by GORRY RESEARCH
MARCH 2005 - DUE TO PRESSURE OF WORK THIS RESEARCH ASSESSMENT SERVICE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED
FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS.
Family historians periodically come up against problems that are too specific to be covered
by a guidebook or an Internet information site. Because every ancestral search has has its
own characteristics and quirks, it just isn't possible to allow for all eventualities in a
book or a site. Many commercial sites dealing with Irish genealogy demand a level of
familiarity with Irish history, geography and customs that most people starting out simply
don't have. If you are in this category, the Research Assessment service offered here is
probably what you need. It is both expert and personal.
is one of the most experienced genealogists in Ireland, having worked in the field for over
twenty-five years, during which Irish ancestral research developed on many fronts. Visitors to
this site may commission him to personally assess their specific family history information
and advise on the best course(s) of action in their particular case.
WHO IT'S FOR
Research Assessment service is designed for those just starting to research their
Irish ancestors. If you have worked back to the emigrant ancestor (or an ancestor who
remained in Ireland) and have some basic information on his or her origins, you should
benefit from it.
WHO IT'S NOT FOR
is not for life-long campaigners who have turned every stone and still think there must be some record they are missing: they need a more detailed evaluation of the information they have accumulated. Neither is it for the beginner who has yet to commence a search in their own country: they should follow the advice on the Where to Start page of this site.
WHAT IT DOES
is not a research service. It is designed to guide you on how best to proceed with
your research (whether you wish to do the work yourself or pass it on to a genealogist,
indexing centre or record agent). It will not provide you with a detailed, long-term plan of
action, as many next steps depend on the results of previous steps. Based on the information
you supply, Paul Gorry will determine what point your research has reached and decide on how
you should now attempt to advance it. This may involve consulting some of the many reference
works at his disposal. If relevant hard facts about your specific family come to light in
the course of the assessment he will, of course, supply them to you. But such hard facts
would be an added bonus rather than the norm.
HOW MUCH IT COSTS
fee for this service is US$35 which is payable by SECURE credit card transaction
on-line. Credit card transactions are handled off-site by a professional card processing
HOW TO APPLY
the assessment service is a two stage process. The first step takes you to
the secure server where you will be asked to supply your credit card details. Once the
transaction has been completed, you will be returned to this site and asked to fill in an
application form . The form is in three sections. It may seem like you are being asked for a
lot of information, but it is important that all aspects of your case are understood. It is
not necessary to have information in all fields, but you must fill in the basic ones
indicated. You may wish to
preview the form
before commencing the transaction.
assessment will be completed and the response e-mailed within a
of three weeks of receipt of the application. Where supplementary "hard facts"
photocopies or print-outs are to be sent, they will be faxed or (snail) mailed.
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