This Friday (21 October) is the first day of BACK TO OUR PAST at Dublin’s RDS. As usual AGI will be out in force over the three days of this annual event. Stop by our stand (108-110) to talk to members, browse the bookstall and maybe even get a free consultation. Also, in the BTOP lecture programme there will be a Q&A session on each of the three days with a panel of AGImembers. You’ll see the times on the Back To Our Past website:        

Distinguished Service Award for Dr Raymond Refaussé

On Saturday, 15 October a seminar was held to mark the retirement of Dr Raymond Refaussé as Librarian & Archivist of the Representative Church Body Library, the main library and archive of the Church of Ireland. The event took place in the Music Room at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, where, between 10:30pm and 1.00pm, seven speakers made presentations reflecting upon Dr Refaussé’s 35 year contribution to the archival heritage of the Church of Ireland. This was followed by the presentation to Dr Refaussé of the Archives and Records Association of Great Britain & Ireland’s Distinguished Service Award by its president, Dr Alex Buchanan. In … Read More


Joanna Cicely Fennell, MAGI, Dublin Numbers 39 and 40 Denzille Street, now best known to Dubliners as The Ginger Man pub on present-day Fenian Street, were for forty years the home and premises of the Stafford family. Believed to hail from north Wexford, John Stafford (c. 1811-1874) first appeared in the 1843 Dublin Directory with a premises at 37 Denzille Street. Within three years John had leased both the corner property, Number 40, as well as the smaller one next-door, in which he ran a successful business as a grocer, wine and spirit merchant for some thirty years. On 16 … Read More

Accredited Genealogists Ireland have historic first joint meeting with the Association Of Scottish Genealogists And Researchers In Archives

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is hosting a very special two-day professional development event in Belfast this week.  Earlier this year AGI entered into an alliance with ASGRA (the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives).  The two organisations have been providing accreditation for professional genealogists for three decades.  They have joined forces to promote the benefits of such accreditation for both competent genealogists and those seeking to engage competent and trustworthy researchers. 2016 is a significant year for AGI (known until 2015 as APGI – the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland).  Not only did it form the alliance … Read More

New AGI Member, Georgina Scally

Accredited Genealogists Ireland is delighted to announce that Georgina Scally has been admitted as its latest member.  Georgina has been associated with AGI since November 2014, when she was admitted to the organisation’s Affiliate programme.  She is the fifth genealogist to successfully make the transition from Affiliate to Member since the programme was introduced in 2013.  Prior to this she completed the Diploma in Family History (with Distinction) at Independent Colleges in 2011.  This was taught by AGI (then APGI) members. Like most people who become professional genealogists, Georgina had an earlier career outside ancestral research.  Georgina’s background was in … Read More


Tony Hennessy, MAGI, Co. Waterford For my Image of the Month offering I have chosen a photograph from the family album which was taken c.1954 close to Annestown, the little seaside village and beach about 13 miles from Waterford City, here in the sunny south east. The photo was taken by my father. His family had a haulage business in Waterford and that’s his grandfather’s name Maurice Hennessy on the roof of the truck. My mother Breda, then O’Connor, is at the front with my father’s brother Mossie Hennessy to her left. The photograph is, I suppose, unexceptional in some … Read More

John Grenham in Clarinbridge

AGI member John Grenham is speaking on ‘UK Sources for Galway emigrants’ at the one day conference ‘Emigration and our Galway Diaspora” in Clarinbridge on Thursday September 8th next. More information here.


Brian Mitchell MAGI Derry/Londonderry 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 … 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