All in Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) are saddened by the death of Eileen O’Byrne, BA, BL, FAGI, FIGRS. Eileen was one of our founding members and a very unassuming, generous colleague, while being very knowledgeable about all aspects of genealogical sources and research. Eileen qualified as a barrister and was called to the bar before raising her family. In the mid-1960s she began working as a genealogical researcher for the Genealogical Office, Dublin Castle. She was a contributor to IRISH GENEALOGY: A RECORD FINDER (1981), and she edited THE CONVERT ROLLS (1981) for the Irish Manuscript Commission. Three decades ago APGI … Read More
2015 was a busy year for AGI – Accredited Genealogists Ireland (formerly APGI – the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland), including a change of name. AGI welcomed five new Members in 2015 – Anne Rodda, Joanna Cicely Fennell, Elaine Hannon, Sandra Doble and Beverly Brown. Both Elaine and Sandra graduated to full membership from Affiliate status. AGI also welcomed three new Affiliates – Jane Halloran Ryan, Marie Cahill and Kit Smyrl. Subsequent to a presentation at the last AGM in relation to a proposed change of name for APGI, and after much lively discussion by members on our website, … Read More
Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is pleased to announce that its very first Emeritus Member is Patricia Moorhead. She is a popular figure in Irish genealogy, known particularly for her witty and entertaining talks. Pat, as she is familiarly known to her friends, has been involved in family history research for over two decades. She was passed by the APGI (now AGI) assessors in 1999 and retained membership until a year ago, when she chose to retire. At AGI’s Annual General Meeting in December 2015 a constitutional amendment was passed, allowing the Council to confer emeritus status on members or associate … Read More
Accredited Genealogists Ireland in association with the NLI will hold a series of lunch time lectures on family history for Adult Learners’ Week 2016 (Feb. 22 to Feb 27). The lectures on “Tracing your Ancestors in the Revolutionary Period” will explore military and RIC family history as well as the family histories of those involved.
City Colleges are offering a 10% discount to everyone who signs up before Christmas for AGI member John Grenham’s 10-week Diploma in Family History, beginning on February 12th. More details about the course at the City Colleges site
At its Annual General Meeting on Friday, 4th December, Accredited Genealogists Ireland (formerly the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland) elected Máire Mac Conghail as its new president, in place of outgoing president, Steven Smyrl. Steven, who had completed a maximum three year term, welcomed Máire as his successor and as the Association’s eighth president. He said: “Over its near thirty years existence, AGI can count among its members some of Ireland’s foremost genealogists. They have been involved in research uncovering the long forgotten family connections of celebrities, politicians and public figures, both in Ireland and overseas. Many have gone on to appear on TV and radio … Read More
AGI would like to extend a warm welcome to new affiliate, Kit Smyrl. All his details are on his page.
Henry McDowell FAGI launched his new publication Irregular Marriages in Dublin before 1837 (Dundalk, Dun Dealgan Press) on July 25th at his home, Celbridge Lodge. The book is an indexed transcription of the Rev. J.G.F. Shultz’s marriage registers, comprising the records of some 6,000 marriages he carried out in Dublin between 1806 and 1837. The original is only available at the General Register Office in Roscommon town, so Harry’s edition is sure to become an essential tool for every researcher. The launch was excellent fun. The smoked salmon and fizz were mighty. [custom-facebook-feed]
Tuesday, 21st July, saw the second lecture in the summer lecture series Your Ancestors and the Nation’s Archives, a joint collaboration between AGI and the National Archives of Ireland (NAI). Past president of AGI Paul Gorry gave a talk entitled “Indeed, they are my ancestors: the Registry of Deeds”, which was attended by over 75 people, at the NAI’s premises in Bishop Street, Dublin. Over the course of an hour he spoke with great authority on a subject he knows well, sharing the accumulated knowledge of more thirty-five years of searching at the Registry of Deeds (ROD). He gave an overview of the history … Read More