Fintan Mullan has been executive director of the Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. With IT partners BRS Systems, he pioneered the online births, deaths and marriages online record system for Antrim and Down, which led to www.rootsireland.ie, the Irish Family History Foundation’s unique database with over 20 million Irish historical records, making it the most useful online resource for Irish research. He has ensured the Foundation has been at the forefront of digital database developments for Irish genealogy. Fintan’s publishing experience is extensive, since 2001 he has managed the production of over 120 individual and diverse publications including the perennial favourite Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors. He is a non-executive director of the Irish Family History Foundation; sits on the board of, and is a member of the management committee of the Northern Ireland Publications Resource (NIPR), and is a former member of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Readers Forum. He is a regular speaker on the North American circuit; having presented Irish and Scot-Irish programmes in most of the lower 48 states since 2001, and was one of the Northern Ireland presenters at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival July 2007. He has also spoken in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He was educated at Queen’s University Belfast, where obtained a bachelor’s degree in Irish Politics and Philosophy, and a master’s degree in Organisation and Management.
Gillian Hunt is research officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and is responsible for the management of the Foundation's many genealogical activities. As well as managing the genealogy side of the Foundation's work, Gillian carries out research for clients and is a hugely experienced user of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the General Register Office. She regularly teaches courses in Northern Ireland and gives talks on family history in the rest of Ireland, the UK and North America. Gillian has been co-presenting our annual North American lecture tours since 2013. She has visited Stone Mountain Highland Games (Atlanta, Georgia) on a number of occasions and also presented at Tourism Ireland's 'Discover Northern Ireland' in Grand Central Terminal, New York City in 2010. For the past eight years, she has taught a number of extra mural courses at Stranmillis College and at Queen's University, in Belfast, as well as to community groups across Northern Ireland. Gillian has carried out research for a number of television programmes, as well as appearing in several. She has been with the Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001, and received a degree in History (BA Hons, 1998) and a Masters in Historical Studies (MA, 2000), both from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.