Did any of your family serve alongside Sean Mac Eoin during the War of Independence, perhaps when he ambushed a patrol of British troops at Clonfin?
Or maybe your relatives knew some of the Longford men who fought on the nationalist and republican sides during the Spanish Civil War, which started in 1936 and ended in 1939.
You may be surprised at the times in which your recent ancestors lived, according to a new company which aims to make the past a present for future generations with a revolutionary new way of compiling family histories, which will prove a boon for those planning upcoming celebrations.
A unique new service, Histories In The Making, presents people’s family research in a readable and informative way, putting that information into a wider historical context and delivering it in a way that is readable for all the family.
They also deliver that research in more tech-friendly way by offering their clients updatable, interactive web pages that can be sent to family members all around the globe.
Most families have an amateur historian – the one person who provides information on the family tree if a milestone celebration or gathering is planned.
However, with the oral tradition dying, and many families now connected digitally around the world, there is a fear that this information will become stagnant or lost.
“We want to package the past for families. Very often, people will either have scraps of information about an ancestor or they might have a vast tome of genealogical research that is difficult to read,” said David Lawlor, of Histories In The Making.
“We knit their stories together and package what people have discovered, putting it into a broader historical context.
“We produce printed posters and brochures, and also offer clients a secure digital file, which is easily updated to the entire family network in real time, allowing the family history to grow organically as time moves on.
“Once you have sent the file to family members, any subsequent additions to it will automatically update on the original file received by relatives.”
For further information, go to www.historiesinthemaking.ie or email firstname.lastname@example.org