Joanna Cicely Fennell, M.A., is an Irish-born genealogist with a Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. With a diverse family history that includes ancestors of a variety of religions and nationalities, Joanna has spent several years tracing her roots in Ireland, England, India and beyond. Amongst the interesting personalities she has discovered as relatives are legendary nurse Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), Victorian author William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882) and Indian cavalry officer William Stephen Raikes Hodson (1821-1858) of Hodson’s Horse, to name a few.
Her current research interests include Anglo-Irish families in the East India Company, Irish Quakers and Unitarian families of Manchester. Joanna is also a volunteer researcher for the Families in British India Society (FIBIS) and a member of the Council of the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS).