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Jane Halloran Ryan was born and raised in Connecticut and is of Irish descent with ancestral connections from Cork, Sligo, Clare and Antrim. She graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in Accounting and came to Ireland to study law with the Law Society of Ireland. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1997 she practiced in Counties Clare and Limerick for several years before staying home to raise her five children full-time. She is married to a Tulla native and has a continued interest in the local history in the surrounding areas.

Jane has always had a keen interest in genealogy and family history which she started as a teenager and this interest was shared with her mother and her grandmother who gave her invaluable assistance in getting started researching long before the arrival of the internet. In particular, her grandmother was a great source of information having lived until she was 101, and able to recount many family stories and information that would have been otherwise lost. Jane and her mother spent time travelling around localities in search of ancestors and connections in the New England area in the early 1980s. As a result, her enjoyment in listening and preserving her family stories has served her well in her own research and has given her an added appreciation of the family folklore and oral history that all families share.

In addition, Jane has been involved in the Ireland Reaching Out project since 2011 and she is part of the local Tulla committee where she serves as the Parish Liaison for Tulla assisting many of the diaspora in reconnecting with Tulla and the surrounding area upon their visits to Ireland. Jane was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2013 on behalf of Ireland Reaching Out for her efforts on behalf of the local community and in conjunction with the local Tulla committee in reaching out to the diaspora.

Her experience as a Solicitor gives her an advantage in legal and probate research work (including land transactions and court documents) and is a great resource for genealogical research. She brings a varied experience drawing not only on the genealogical research methods but also legal research methods that she is trained in to deal with queries and research work. Jane has a Certificate in History of Family & Genealogical Research Methods from the University of Limerick. She has also undertaken a Masters in Local History at University of Limerick which she expects to have completed in 2016.

Jane is a member of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists (CSG), the Law Society of Ireland, the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) and the Association of Professional Genealogists (USA)

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