AGI Member Sandra Doble Speaks on Church of Ireland Records

The AGI series of Summer Lectures in association with the National Archives of Ireland finished on Tuesday, 25th July, with an informative and insightful talk by AGI member Sandra Doble on Church of Ireland records.  Sandra not only dealt with locating and searching Church of Ireland parish registers, she also gave the audience useful historical context and introduced them to the wealth of sources that might be found in the Representative Church Body library as well as other sources that can document Church of Ireland ancestors. Sandra also demonstrated the necessity of checking the original registers using an example from … Read More


THE STORY OF KITTY WHELAN, AGED SIX. Tony Hennessy MAGI Thirty years ago, not long after meeting my wife-to-be Caroline for the first time I,  rather unsurprisingly, met my mother-in-law-to-be Renee for the first time.  As soon as Renee heard I was a budding family historian she told me a story, a story she was to repeat many times over the years that followed.  The story had a start, a little bit of middle and no end and was usually introduced with a wistful ‘…I’d love to know what happened to my aunt Kitty…’ Catherine (Kitty) Whelan was born 25 … Read More

AGI Members Speak on Newspapers and Migration as Sources for Genealogy

On Tuesday, July 12th AGI member Georgina Scally gave the third talk in the National Archives of Ireland’s series of Evening Lectures when she spoke on newspapers as a source for genealogy and family history. Georgina explained the evolution of newspapers at national and local level, illustrating their often political agenda, as well as the social and cultural contribution they have made to wide society. With specific reference to biographical and other associated notices, Georgina very clearly drew her audience’s attention to the detail one might expect to find in birth, marriage and death announcements, funeral reports, obituaries, trade advertisements and … Read More

Members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland Appointed to Positions of Influence

Four members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland have recently been appointed to positions of influence. One has been appointed a member of the National Archives Advisory Council; another elected a vice-president of the Irish Genealogical Research Society; and two appointed members of the Irish Manuscripts Commission. John Grenham is one of the 12 members of the National Archives Advisory Council (NAAC), recently appointed by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD. The NAAC is a statutory body with remit to advise the Director of the National Archives of Ireland on policy and practical matters. John is a longstanding … Read More

AGI member John Grenham appointed to National Archives Advisory Council

On June 30th, the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, announced the twelve members of the new National Archives Advisory Council.  Among them was John Grenham MAGI. The appointments are for five years. The National Archives Advisory Council was established in January 1987 under Section 20 of the National Archives Act to advise the Minister with responsibility for the National Archives – in the exercise of his or her powers under the Act and on all matters affecting archives and their use by the public.

AGI Member Tony Hennessy Recommends Jailbird Ancestors

On June 27th, AGI member Tony Hennessy kicked off the Association’s contribution to the National Archives of Ireland’s Evening Lecture Series with a well attended, splendid talk on records that might land your ancestors in gaol, titled ‘My ancestor was sent to jail – Hooray!‘ First he looked in detail at the records of Ireland’s most minor courts, the Petty Sessions, held at the National Archives. He gave an over view of the history of the courts, their jurisdiction and records, detailing what one might find in the  Petty Session Register Books. Not only are they an interesting commentary on social history, … Read More

Dianne Snowden of AAGRA honoured

AGI congratulates Dianne Snowden, AM, PhD, MAAGRA, on being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to heritage. Dianne is a professional genealogist and historian based in Tasmania and she is President of the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents (AAGRA). AAGRA is the accrediting body for professional genealogical researchers throughout Australia and New Zealand, comparable to AGI. Dianne is a regular visitor to Ireland for research purposes. With the Wicklow historian Joan Kavanagh she wrote Van Diemen’s Women – a History of Transportation to Tasmania, published in 2015 … Read More


Paul MacCotter, MA, Ph.D., MAGI As a genealogist and member of AGI I am proud to tell the tale of being ‘Oul Stock’ of ‘The Marsh’. ‘The Marsh’ is to Cork City what the Liberties is to Dublin, a residential area in the city center on the island between both branches of the River Lee. It is therefore not the ‘North Parish’ nor the ‘South Parish’, but the ‘Middle Parish’. The implication here is that the true Cork City person comes from the Middle Parish just like the true Londoner or Cockney must have been born within earshot of Bow … Read More

New AGI Member Sandy O’Byrne

Accredited Genealogists Ireland is pleased to welcome its newest Member, Sandy O’Byrne, who was recently passed by AGI’s independent Board of Assessors. In 2012 Sandy obtained the Diploma in Family History from Independent Colleges, Dublin, in a programme run in conjunction with AGI. She is the fourth person to come through that course and gain membership of AGI. In 2014 she became an AGI Affiliate, entering into a period of close association with the organisation, continuing professional development and one-to-one mentoring. Sandy is the sixth Affiliate to progress to membership. Before developing a career in genealogy, Sandy graduated from Trinity … Read More

Paul MacCotter MAGI contributes to new book

The OPW have just published a major study into Barryscourt Castle, Co. Cork. The main finding was a C14 date of circa 1400 for the building of the castle, and this helps revise the received wisdom for dating such castles, now seen as a century too late! The genealogical angle is the paper in the study entitled ‘Barryscourt Castle: the historical context’ by Paul MacCotter MAGI. While primarily a work of history, there is a genealogical element to the paper as it outlines the ramification of the de Barry lineage in medieval times. The Barrys, or course, were the leading … Read More