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Michael was born to an Irish mother from South Armagh and a second generation Irish father whose family moved from Kilrush in Co. Clare to Blackburn, Lancashire. His parents were married in wartime Liverpool and Michael was brought up in Lancashire. After graduating from University College London with a degree in economics and politics, Michael enjoyed a career in information technology, working for several large British and American companies in senior project management roles.
During his life, Michael developed a keen interest in genealogy and spent a lot of his spare time unravelling his own Irish and English family history across Co. Armagh and Co. Clare in Ireland and Lancashire in England. Michael lives in Westport and has recently retired from full-time work, which has enabled him to devote more time to his passion for genealogy. Last year Michael established his own professional genealogical research service, Family Lines. This concentrates on helping people who do not live in Ireland to do their own family history research, by providing practical help on the ground in Ireland. Michael’s special interest is in tracing Irish families who have settled in North America and Great Britain.
Michael has a B. Sc. (Econ) degree from the University of London and is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).
Michael was admitted to membership of AGI in 2012.
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