Here's a timely reminder that the Genealogy Advisory Service (GAS) at the National Archives of Ireland continues to operate over the Christmas period – bar the bank holidays.
The free service is provided by a consortium run by Eneclann and Ancestor Network. Genealogists are available from 10am to 1.30pm in a dedicated room just off the Reading Room, and can be consulted on a first-come, first-served basis. As any regular researchers to the NAI will know, queueing is the norm.
However, Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann has told Irish Genealogy News that the festive period is traditionally a particularly quiet time of year for the GAS. 'This means it can be a great opportunity for visitors to the NAI to consult the panel of professional genealogists,' she said.
'For anyone with a particularly difficult family history conundrum, this could be their chance to get the undivided attention of a genealogist to solve the problem.'
The genealogy service is available in the NAI reading room on these dates over the 'holidays':
Thursday 27 December
Friday 28 December
Monday 31 December
Wednesday 2 January
Thursday 4 January
Friday 5 January