Timeline Research Ireland was established in 2006 by Dr. Robert Somerville
Woodward and Nicola Morris to provide professional genealogical and
historical research services to clients in Ireland and around the world.
With 20 years experience in the fields of genealogy and history we are
able to offer expert advice and research services carried out to the
highest professional standards.
We are both members of the
Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland, the accrediting body
for Irish genealogists
We are the associate researchers for the Irish Ancestry Research Centre at the University of Limerick.
Nicola Morris was born in Kenya to an English father and Irish mother. She
draws on a rich family history that can be traced back to the court of
Henry VIII, the breweries of Lancashire and farms of Yorkshire to Cork
city publicans and a mysterious Italian great great grandmother.
up in Dublin city and obtained a honors degree in History from Trinity College
She works very closely with the production company for the BBC programme
Who Do You Think You Are? and most recently for the US version of the
show, which is aired on NBC.
Nicola has appeared on screen with Rosie O'Donnell, Jeremy Irons, Graham
Norton and Chris Moyles and, most recently, was one of the presenters of the first series of The Genealogy Roadshow for RTE. She was a researcher for and contributor
to The Tenements an award nominated series for TV3.
Nicola lectures on the
Diploma in Family History at Independent Colleges, Dublin and the Archives
and Records Management MA in University College Dublin. She is also a visiting lecturer on
IARC educational programmes.
She has had articles published in the Who Do You Think You Are? and Irish Roots magazines and has also written a history of the Fulbright
Commission in Ireland.
As well as offering a professional genealogical research service, Nicola
also works on house and building histories and histories of institutions
Dr. Robert Somerville-Woodward was initially educated in England at the
University of Southampton where he received a First Class Honours Degree
in History and Geography and the University of Bradford where he gained a
Masters Degree in Peace Studies and scholarship awards from the Joseph
Rowntree Foundation and Geraldine Cadbury Trust.
From 1994 to 1998 he attended University College Dublin in the Combined
Departments of History under the supervision of Professor Mary Daly. A
recipient of a three-year postgraduate scholarship under the Ireland-UK
Scholarship Exchange Scheme from 1996 to 1998 he was awarded his PhD in
1998 for his thesis: 'Language Without a Mouth: The Development of an
Irish Language Consciousness in the English Language'.
In 1998 he
was one of the winners of the inaugural Beckett Gold Medal in Modern Irish
History for his monograph The Dublin Ossianic Society, 1853-1863.
Since 1998 Dr. Somerville-Woodward has worked as a genealogist,
professional researcher and writer in the field of Irish history and
amongst his larger research commissions was that undertaken for Ballymun
Regeneration Limited, an eighteen-month project resulting in the
two-volume Ballymun: A History c. 1600-1997.
Our Clients Include
Shed Media US (Who Do You Think You Are? NBC)
Wall to Wall (Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC UK TV)
The Irish Theatre Institute
The Fulbright Commission