Karel Kiely has run the County Kildare genealogy service for over twenty-three years. A native of Newbridge, Co. Kildare, she is a graduate of both Trinity College and Maynooth University, where she completed her M.A. in Local History in 1994. Her minor thesis on Naas Workhouse during the Famine reflects her interest in Irish social history and the Great Famine period.
She has been the secretary of the Irish Family History Foundation since 2006 and the manager of its website, www.rootsireland.ie, since 2007. She has contributed articles to various publications over the years and currently edits Clann, the newsletter of the Irish Family History Foundation.