One of Brian Irwin’s fondest memories is of his father sitting in his recliner where he was frequently found working on family history, discussing the latest discoveries he made as he sought answers for obstacles in his own genealogy. Brian’s paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from Ireland in the 1930s. His maternal grandmother’s Welsh and German immigrant ancestors arrived in Pennsylvania in the late 1800s, and his maternal grandfather’s Carpatho-Rusyn parents soon followed.
Brian is an enthusiastic advocate of combining DNA results and descendancy research to find like-minded family members who are willing to collaborate on a discovery of their shared past. He has enjoyed extending his own family circle to include extended cousins, and successfully working together to break down long-standing brick walls and extend their shared family trees back to their ancestral villages in current day Podkarpackie, Poland.
Brian received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and in Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University, and has experience as a software developer, project manager, and business owner. He is thrilled to be able to help others break through their brick walls and discover their own heritage. When not continuing research on his own family line, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, reading, watching movies, and road biking up the beautiful canyons of the Wasatch Front in Utah.