Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat   A Hundred Thousand Welcomes to you
 Waterford Origins
 ....always happy to help the Wandering Waterfordians find their way home! 

Watch this space!

Waterford Origins will be launching "My Irish Family History - a genealogical research starter pack". SOON!!!

A sample of my bespoke family trees below - they become family heirlooms..each one unique.  Each tree tells its very own story.

Mayor of Chicago Richard M.Daley receiving a present of his Family Tree from Cllr Mary Roche, Mayor of Waterford.  Chicago 2010

Tony Hennessy is a member of The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland - the accrediting body for Irish Genealogy

Hello there and welcome to  Waterford Origins - a professional genealogy and family history service. 


Co. Waterford is situated on the south east coast of Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  Waterford City,  the oldest City in Ireland, was founded by the Vikings 1100 years ago and recent archaeological discoveries have shown that County Waterford has been inhabited for at least 9000 years!  I cannot guarantee that we can trace your ancestors back that far...but I do expect to make some new discoveries as we explore your Waterford roots.


I have discovered that people come to family history for many different reasons.  Some simply feel a strong connection with their antecedents, their family history, which may have been handed down by one or both parents.  For many among the Irish diaspora their Irishness and their connection to Ireland is deeply felt and an intrinsic part of their cultural identity. Documenting the link with the 'Old Country' underscores and validates that identity.  Other family history enthusiasts are attempting to solve a particular family mystery - where did Granny's exotic surname come from?  How come Granddad's brother got the land when Granddad was the eldest son?  Others have a need to record their own story - to make sure that they and their loved ones are not forgotten.  While others just enjoy the detective element of it - following the clues to complete the jigsaw.


For many of us the exploration of our family history is an enjoyable hobby or pastime.  For some it has an ability to become an all-consuming obsession (you know who you are...!).  And for some the revelations and discoveries can be a cathartic, life enhancing or even a life changing experience.


Q.  When is the best time to start researching your family tree?  

A.   NOW! NOW!! NOW!!!

How many times have we heard ...'auntie Mary / uncle Mike knew it all.  Unfortunately he died seven years ago'.  - Or maybe one week ago!


Q.  How do I start?
A.   You start by becoming a hunter / gatherer of      genealogical information within your immediate surroundings.  Old newspaper cuttings, memory cards,  photographs, gravestone inscriptions, diaries, medals etc.  Talk to family members who might know something you don't know.  Every family has a hoarder of family information and ephemera.  The box under the bed, the suitcase in the attic.  Get a dedicated notebook and write it all down.  Now you are on your way......


Waterford Origins specializes in the following
  • Genealogical research - all Ireland but specializing in Waterford and surrounding counties.
  • Genealogy courses
  • Genealogy workshops
  • Genealogy talks
  • One-to-one consultations

Waterford Origins also produce Great Great Great Family Trees.  We specialize in creating a wide  range of bespoke family trees to order.  

We understand that every family is unique and our family trees reflect this uniqueness. 

Every Family Tree that we create is tailor-made to suit each customer’s specific requirements.

You provide the genealogical information and we create the Tree.  

Alternatively we can be commissioned to do the research for you. 


So have a browse around and see if there is a tree that inspires you.


Use the 'GreatGreatGreat' tab to explore the many types of Family Trees on offer. 


IMPORTANT NOTE - ALL FAMILY NAMES AND DETAILS HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED ON FEATURED FAMILY TREES TO PROTECT CLIENTS' PRIVACY.