During the second half of 2020 I engaged Mark Connolly of My Origins to help me reach closure on my family history research. I had been tracking this off and on over the past four years and with my Irish background became somewhat frustrated with the dead ends I reached. Upon exploring Mark’s website and deciding to “dip my toe in the water”, it was an easy decision to make in extending Mark’s engagement to compiling my full family tree and history along with associated historical events coinciding with my ancestor’s lives. The result; a publication for the ages that will stand the test of time. A piece of work that will be handed down through the generations to our son, our new granddaughter and generations that follow. Back to my seventh great grandfather, an achievement I had no pretence to be able to reach on my own.
Sadly, our youngest son passed away whilst Mark was still working on my project and the sensitivity with which he handled that was wonderful. He added a dedication page to our Son, Darren, at the start and the end of the 120-page book and for that we are eternally grateful. I heartily recommend to those of you who are seeking out a thorough work-up of your family history by a professional, that you do not go past Mark Connolly and My Origins. You will be forever pleased with the result.
Bryan McNallyRetired Manager, Melbourne, Australia
“You’re amazing! Finding the time was impossible but Mark did the groundwork for me. He built my tree, added amazing records and turned my DNA results into English. I know where my ancestors lived, where their descendants moved around the world and why- they were Jacobites! I’ve never felt so grounded. We now know where we come from and my children and their children… will be all the better for it. Thank you.”
Janet GilmourMature Student, Inverness, Scotland
This far exceeded my expectations. I’m second generation Canadian but my ancestors are originally from England and Scotland. Mark confirmed and discovered many new family stories. His book is deeply personal and wonderfully put together. He explained why my grandparents moved when they did and much more. This book was an instant family treasure. It’s fantastic quality but an absolute bargain compared to similar offerings by the big ancestry companies. He has done my family a huge service for generations to come. Thank you.
David StrachanTourism industry, Vancouver, British Columbia
“I’m amazed he could find out what he found. So much stuff. I don’t need an ancestry subscription right now as he confirmed and then discovered more direct relatives going back hundreds of years. He also uploaded copies of their original parish records to ancestry for me and explained how DNA linked me to the Anglo Saxons and the city of Durham in the North of England”