Gillian Johnson

Gill grew up just outside of Dublin and graduated from Maynooth National University with an honours B.A. 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 in the National Library of Ireland.

Gill has been fascinated with family history from an early age which was evident in the many interviews she conducted with older family members, recording family lore for future generations. 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 has been working as a genealogist for Timeline, a genealogical research company based in Dublin for almost a decade years. Over the years she has developed her approach to genealogical research by extensively investigating and documenting her own family history.

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, and has a keen interest in tracing down living distant relations for her clients.

Gill is part of the panel of AGI experts which provides the Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Archives of Ireland, and she has experience in the museum sector, tour guiding and working within education.

In 2018 Gill attained Affiliate Status with Accredited Genealogists of Ireland, progressing to formal Membership in 2023.