The Anchor Line Building, designed by the Glasgow architect, James Miller, was built in 1905-7 for the Anchor Line Shipping Company.  Now derelict, it stands at St. Vincent Place (near George Square) in the centre of Glasgow. From 1861 right through to 1939 ocean-going liners called at Moville, in the deeper waters of Lough Foyle, some 18 miles downstream from Derry, to pick up emigrants who were ferried from Derry in paddle tenders.  During this period, at various times, four shipping lines – Anchor Line, Anchor-Donaldson Line, Allan Line, and Dominion Line – made Derry a stage on the voyage … Read More

New AGI Affiliate, Ann Kissane

Welcome and congratulations to Ann Kissane, AGI’s newest Affiliate.  Ann, who is based in New Ross, Co. Wexford, first came in contact with AGI in 2011 when she completed the Diploma in Family History at Independent Colleges, which was taught by AGI (then APGI) members.  Since then she has developed her interest in genealogy and gone into the field full time.  Ann is associated with the Dunbrody Irish Emigrant experience and the Ros Tapestry, both based in New Ross.


Steven Smyrl, MAGI, Dublin. You won’t find this Dublin building anymore; it was destroyed exactly 100 years ago. It was known as the Union Chapel and occupied the site on Lower Abbey Street approximately where Sherries café now stands.  It was one of the casualties of the bombarding of the General Post Office in the 1916 Easter Rising It was the home of Dublin’s Seceding Presbyterians. The Seceders originated in Scotland, where they had split from the Church of Scotland in 1733 over the issue of the nomination of ministers to parishes, known as patronage. Later, in 1747, the Seceders … Read More


Anne-Marie Smith, MAGI, Dublin. Thomas E Brudell was born in Roscommon in 1906 and he arrived in New York in October 1929 via Ellis Island.  He appeared on the 1930 US State Census as a ‘boarder’ in New Jersey working as a ‘moulder helper’.  He also appeared in the 1932 Street Directory in New Jersey.  However, in August 1932 the following document appeared for Thomas Edward Brudell and Evelyn Murray Brudell (wife) entitled ELLIS ISLAND – REMOVALS GO 169, 8-4-32W.   Having checked the other names on this document it appeared that most of them also arrived in New York … Read More


Paul Gorry, MAGI, Co. Wicklow My aunt was married to a Harbourne and they lived beside us when I was a child.  When genealogy took hold of me at a young age I wanted to trace everyone’s family, so the Harbournes were among my earliest victims.  My uncle provided me with snippets of information and later I tried to build on them.  In my very first year as a freelance researcher for the Genealogical Office my cousin commissioned me to trace the Harbournes.  It was a monstrous search for which I charged far too little, but I enjoyed every minute of … Read More

AGI 30th Anniversary

On 13th May Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a reception held in the former Public Record Office Reading Room in the Four Courts, now the Court of Appeals. AGI (formerly the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland) was founded on 13th May 1986 in Belfast.  It was formed to represent professional genealogists across the island of Ireland and has, in its 30 year history, attracted members from all sections of the community, from both North and South. AGI is the only accrediting body for genealogy in Ireland and works to maintain high standards in professional genealogy … Read More


Robert C Davison, MAGI, Co. Down   It may look like any old photocopy of a Death Register entry from Dublin GRO, but look closely at the entry for the section ‘Certified Cause of Death’ – Visitation of God! How often do you came across that? And it begs the question, what nature did this ‘visitation’ take? You will also see that there was a Coroner’s Inquest but I haven’t been able to locate this yet or any other information on George Roger’s death. George is a bit of a ‘hero’ to me and led an interesting life. He was … Read More

Rosaleen Underwood MAGI speaking at Cork Archives

On Saturday, 16th April at the Cork Archives, Rosaleen Underwood MAGI will be speaking about Riobárd Langford, his family history and his role in 1916 as Lieutenant of the Cork No.1 Brigade of Volunteers. This is one of a series of talks commemorating 1916 in Cork and is part of the annual Adult Lifelong Learning Festival. More information in the Lifelong Learning Programme.  

Reminder: Lunchtime 1916 lectures at the National Library

Members of AGI will present five lunchtime lectures during Adult Learners’ Week 2016. The lectures will introduce genealogical sources that might be used to document ancestors who were alive in 1916 or who were active during the Rising. While the sources will be discussed in the context of the Rising, they are not all exclusive to that period or specifically for Dublin City. The lectures will start at 1.05pm. The programme of lectures that will be presented are as follows: Monday 22nd February Were your Ancestors active in 1916?: Sources in the Irish Military Archives by Nicola Morris MAGI Tuesday … Read More

New AGI member Vincent Brogan

AGI welcomes its first new Member of 2016. Vincent Brogan has been admitted to membership having been an AGI Affiliate since November 2014. Vincent is based in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, and he conducts research on families from throughout the nine counties of the province of Ulster. His special interests are in Co. Tyrone and Ulster Scots research. His full details may be seen on his AGI membership page: