Gillian Johnson, having utilised the Association’s Affiliate Programme, has now been admitted into Membership of Accredited Genealogists Ireland.
Over the years Gill Johnson has developed her approach to genealogical research by extensively investigating and documenting her own family history. She has been fascinated with genealogy from an early age, evident in the many interviews she conducted with older family members, recording family lore for future generations.
In her professional life, for almost a decade Gill has been working with Timeline, a Dublin-based genealogical research company run by fellow AGI Member, Nicola Morris. As an employee of Timeline, Gill has undertaken research for the BBC and RTE series of Who Do You Think You Are?, as well as the RTE series The Great House Revival. In addition, she undertakes research on the histories of houses and buildings. In particular, she has a keen interest in helping her clients trace down living distant relatives.
Gill grew up just outside of Dublin. Her paternal line were Protestant farmers from Co. Wicklow and can be traced back to the late 18th century. In stark contrast to her father’s line, her maternal family hailed from Dublin city and were Roman Catholic.
She graduated from Maynooth National University with an honours BA degree in Local Studies specialising in primary documents. Throughout her studies she covered many aspects of local studies and has a keen interest in social history. In particular Gill’s university thesis focused on the slums of Dublin and the social history of this period.
She has also completed the genealogy course delivered by Sean Murphy through the National Library of Ireland, and is a member of the AGI panel which provides the Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Archives of Ireland.