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Richard M. Doherty, Director, Celtic Quest, LLC

Richard M. Doherty is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author with over 45 years of experience who specializes in Irish research. He has made 39 research trips to Ireland, and has lectured on various Irish genealogical topics since 1982 in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland, including two Irish Genealogical Congresses (Trinity College, Dublin, and Maynooth College, Co. Kildare, Ireland); the Back To Our Past event at the Royal Dublin Society in Dublin; and the 1st Celtic Connections Conference in Waltham, MA.  Dick has appeared on televised talk shows discussing Irish genealogy, and has a personal Irish library of over 750 books. He has been president of the Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan (1998-2000 and 2004-2006), the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research (1986-1988 and 2011-2015), and the Oakland County Genealogical Society (1979-1983).

Dick is the Director of Celtic Quest, LLC, organizing genealogical research trips to Ireland’s archives and repositories. Dick is a delegate to the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Michigan Genealogical Council, and is also a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild.

His publications include: “Oral Tradition: The Forgotten Source”, Aspects of Irish Genealogy II (Dublin, 1996); “Tracking Irish Generations in Land Valuation Records”, NGS NewsMagazine (July/August/September 2005); was an advisor to the 2nd Edition of Tracing Your Kerry Ancestors by Michael H. O’Connor (Dublin, 1994). Dick writes the monthly “Our Celtic Quest” column for the Irish Tree, the newsletter of the Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan, and for the Ontario Genealogical Society Irish Special Interest Group website. Dick has also contributed articles to: Genealogical Computing, Digital Genealogist, the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine, and the Oakland County Genealogical Society Quarterly. He also holds society memberships in the Ontario Genealogical Society (and 5 branches), the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society (Ireland), the Irish Genealogical Research Society (London), and the Irish Genealogical Society International. His other genealogical interests include: Ontario, Scotland, England, Germany, and the Czech Republic.


William T. Ruddock, Assistant Director, Celtic Quest, LLC

William T. Ruddock describes his love of genealogy as an avocation.   He is a lecturer, and author with over 35 years of experience.  He is past editor of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine and is currently a contributing editor to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.  

His paternal grandfather was 100% Irish and this led Mr. Ruddock to become a serious researcher in Irish Genealogy.   He has developed and maintains a database of Ruddock related records from all over Ireland.    This project began before y-DNA testing has shown that there are at least 5 different Ruddock male lines in Ireland.   His love of Irish genealogy began with his first trip in 1992 to Belfast and has now included several trips to both Belfast and Dublin.

His Irish related publications include:

Descendants of Thomas Ruddock (1816 – 1901) in America, (Ferndale, MI.: Privately published, 1984).  “Gilford’s Children”, Banbridge & District Historical Society Journal, (Banbridge, Northern Ireland: Banbridge & District Historical Society, Banbridge, 1993), Vol. 4 – 1993, pp. 24 – 25. Ancestors and More Descendants of Thomas Ruddock (1816 – 1901), (Okemos, MI.: Privately published, 1994). Linen Threads and Broom Twines and Album & Directory of the People of the Dunbarton Mill of Greenwich, New York 1879 – 1952 Volume I & II – The Album, (Bowie, MD.: Heritage Books, 1997).  “The Irish Ancestry of Mark Francis [O]’Malley of Washington County, New York” New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, (New York, N.Y.: New York Genealogical & Biographical Society), July 2008, pp. 194-201.  “The Irish Parents of Rachel (Clark) Hughes of Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York” New York Genealogical & Biographical Record (New York, N.Y.: New York Genealogical & Biographical Society), April 2010 pp. 109-117.

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