Ireland’s Leading Genealogy & Research Company For Over A Decade



timeline_mid_logoEstablished in 2006 by Dr. Robert Somerville Woodward and Nicola Morris, Timeline has become Ireland’s most recognisable name in genealogy & historical research. We are the Irish researchers for the television series Who Do You Think You Are? and several other radio & television shows, we have also undertaken research for governments, private institutions and thousands of people across the globe seeking to find their Irish roots.

With a wealth of experience in the fields of Irish genealogy and history we are able to offer expert advice and research services across a broad range of areas including;

Individual family trees /  Histories of houses, companies & institutions / Journalism & media research / Irish citizenship by descent applications

We also provide an online genealogy clerk service providing documents, certificates & manuscripts for those undertaking their own Irish research.

Timeline director Nicola Morris is a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland  (AGI) the only accrediting body for genealogy in Ireland and she has served as a council member and Hon. Secretary of AGI.

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Our Team

Nicola Morris – Co Founder & Director 

Nicola Morris. Director of Timeline Research Ireland Ltd

Born in Kenya to an English father and Irish mother, Nicola draws on a rich family history that can be traced back to the court of Henry VIII, the breweries of Lancashire, the farms of Yorkshire, Cork city publicans and a mysterious Italian great great grandmother.

She grew up in Dublin city and obtained a honours degree in History from Trinity College Dublin.

Nicola works very closely with the production company for the BBC TV programme Who Do You Think You Are? and as well as US version of the show, which aired on NBC and TLC networks. Nicola has appeared on screen with Rosie O’Donnell, Jeremy Irons, Graham Norton, Chris Moyles and Julie Walters.

Nicola was also 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 and works closely with other Irish and international production companies on programmes about genealogy and Irish history.

Nicola lectures on genealogy at University College Cork and has also lectured on the Archives and Record Management MA in University College Dublin and has given talks at various events, such as Back To Our Past.

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 and organisations.

John Grenham – Senior Researcher

John-Grenham-GenealogyJohn Grenham was Project Manager with the Irish Genealogical Project from 1991 to 1995 and later went on to develop and market his own genealogical software, ‘Grenham’s Irish Recordfinder’.

In 2005, he was the first Genealogist-in-Residence at
Dublin City Library. He was awarded a fellowship of The Irish Genealogical Research Society in 2007 and of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in 2010.

He is the author of  
Tracing your Irish Ancestors (4th ed. Dublin, Baltimore MD, 2012), the standard reference guide for Irish genealogy, The Atlantic Coast of Ireland (2014), Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), and An Illustrated History of Ireland (1997), among other works.

He also wrote the “Irish Roots” column in
The Irish Times from 2009 to 2016, develops heritage databases, and ran the Irish Ancestors website in conjunction with The Irish Times until earlier this year. He now runs the successor website at johngrenham.com

Hugh Comerford – Researcher

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Following  a rewarding career as a librarian in the public library service which included four years as Senior librarian in charge of the Dublin City Library and Archive reading room in Pearse Street, Hugh most recently was involved in a major research project into the 40 children who were tragically killed in the 1916 Rising, working with broadcaster Joe Duffy. He was also part of the research team involved in the making of the RTE documentary “Children of the Revolution” made by Strike Films on the same subject.

He has made a presentation to the IGRS on the subject of the digitised Military Service Pensions Collection and has detailed knowledge of the genealogical and military archival sources relating to the 1916 – 1923 period. As part of the DIT Committee to commemorate 1916 he also presented a paper on the civilian causalities  of the Easter Rising as part of the city wide Reflecting the Rising commemorations on Easter Monday 2016 coordinated by RTE.

While working in the Dublin City Library and Archive he acquired a wide range of research skills and expertise relating to both Irish history and genealogy. This work involved dealing directly with a huge range of genealogical enquiries from all over Ireland, UK, USA and elsewhere.

His work also involved introducing researchers to the genealogical collections both in the Dublin Collection, City Archives and the internet.

He has had a personal as well as a professional interest in genealogical research for over twenty years having acquired a large  of collection of information sources (a “research toolbox”) relating to genealogy ,history and architectural history as well as researching the family trees of his own and extended family .

John Walsh – Junior Researcher

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Born in Dublin to Offaly and Mayo parents, John fell in love with genealogy when researching his Jellico, Codam and Colgan ancestors back to the 1700s (his 93 year old paternal grandmother still resides at Colgan’s Bridge, Edenderry).

His history-teaching father and sociable mother provide the backdrop to John’s passions; family and history. Visiting his maternal grandmother beside the hidden treasure that is the Blessington Street Basin in Dublin encouraged a keen interest in Dublin architecture and oral histories.   

John’s key skillsets of analysis, attention to detail, interpretation and methodical thinking were put to good use when working as an Accountant for C&C (Ireland) Ltd, an Irish soft drinks company dating back to the 1860’s. His role included that of safe-keeper of the original 1860s recipe books and AGM minute books (including some harsh words for the rebels in April 1916!)

A final year student of Sean Murphy’s UCD Certificate in Irish Genealogy, John will complete his final assignment on Bindon Blood Stoney and his family. This inspirational engineer philanthropist hailed from County Offaly. It is a happy coincidence that a descendant midwife of Bindon Blood Stoney delivered John’s father into the world!

John is honoured to bring to genealogical life the lives of those who have gone before us; those that might otherwise be forgotten. He is a meticulous and thoughtful researcher who looks forward to unearthing your family’s personalities, stories and other genealogical treasures.

Cathal Brennan – Junior Researcher

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Cathal Brennan has been working with Timeline as a researcher since 2014. He has a BA in History from Trinity College Dublin and qualifications in TV / Video Production (Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology), Media Production (Marino College) and Research Skills for TV (Screen Training Ireland). 

He is an occasional contributor to the Irish Story website and he also co – presents and co – produces the Irish History Show for Near FM.  He also presents the Timeline Irish Genealogy Podcast with Nicola Morris.



Gillian Johnston – Administrator,  Customer Service & Junior Researcher


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As a local studies graduate of Maynooth National University, Gillian Johnson  has a keen interest in local studies of all aspects. In particular Gillian ‘s university thesis focused on the slums of Dublin and the social history of this period.   She has recently completed the genealogy course delivered by Sean Murphy in the National Library of Ireland.

Gillian has  experience in the museum sector, tour guiding and working within the education department.   


Gillian is currently working as Timeline’s administrator liaising between our internet customers and research team as well as undertaking genealogical research. 



Dr. Robert Somerville-Woodward – Co Founder (retired)

Robert Somerville-Woodward Director of Timeline Research Ireland Ltd

Initially educated in England at the University of Southampton. Robert went on to receive a First Class Honours Degree in History and Geography at the University of Bradford. He then 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. One of  his larger research commissions was undertaken for Ballymun Regeneration Limited, an eighteen-month project resulting in the two-volume Ballymun: A History c. 1600-1997.  

In 2013 Robert retired from the company and moved back to the UK.

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