Launch of Henry McDowell’s ‘Irregular Marriages in Dublin before 1837’

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]

Your Ancestors and the Nation’s Archives

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

AGI Fellow Harry McDowell to Launch Shultz Marriages

AGI fellow Harry McDowell is to launch his edited and indexed edition of the Rev J.G.F Shultz’s marriage registers, Irregular Marriages in Dublin Before 1837 at his home in Celbridge next Saturday July 25th between 5 pm and 7.30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Harry’s home is Celbridge Lodge, (entrance on Church Road, Celbridge, opposite the Grotto). A map showing the location is here: More information on the background to these marriages is The Irish Times ‘Irish Roots’ column.  

AGI Meet & Greet at’s Dublin Offices

The President and a group of AGI members had a tour of’s Dublin offices on Thursday, 9th July, where they also met the new Dublin-based Ancestry ProGenealogists team. After the tour a lively and surprisingly long round table discussion followed where each person introduced themselves and gave some background on their own interest in genealogy and their personal areas of expertise. Following this Steven Smyrl, President of AGI, outlined the history and current status of AGI and its relevance in setting standards and providing accreditation for professional genealogy in Ireland. At the event, AGI members were also pleased to greet the … Read More

AGI: New Member and Affiliate

AGI is delighted to welcome our newest member, Joanna Cicely Fennell, and our newest affiliate, Marie Cahill. Their details can be found on our member and affiliate pages.


June 2015: The Council of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) wishes to clarify the organisation’s status. It was formed, as the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI), in 1986. At that time most of the practising genealogists throughout the island of Ireland came together to form a representative and accreditation body, with an independent Board of Assessors. A few weeks ago APGI changed its name to AGI. AGI does not have official recognition from either the Irish government or the Northern Ireland Assembly, nor has it ever claimed such. AGI is not an incorporated or chartered body, nor does it … Read More

APGI Becomes AGI

After almost 30 years as the accrediting body for genealogists in Ireland, APGI has adopted a new name. At an Extraordinary General Meeting held in Dublin on Wednesday, 27 May 2015, the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) voted to change its name to Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI). As Accredited Genealogists Ireland the Association will continue to set and promote high standards for those engaged professionally in genealogy while safeguarding the interests of clients.  Founded in Belfast in 1986, the Association has always been an accrediting body for genealogists throughout the island of Ireland. Accreditation from the Association is … Read More

Three new members

AGI is delighted to welcome three new members Elaine Hannon, Sandra Doble and Anne Rodda, and a new Affiliate, Jane Halloran Ryan. Their details can be found on our member and affiliate pages.

Adult Learners’ Festival Lunchtime Genealogy Talks at the National Library of Ireland

Monday-Friday, 23-27 February, 1.05pm To celebrate the Aontas Adult Learners’ Festival, AGI are delighted to partner with the National Library of Ireland for this series of 5 free lunchtime lectures introducing the fascinating world of family history research.Over 5 lunchtimes and one evening (time TBC), topics ranging from state and church records, to census returns, land records, tracing 20th century military ancestors, and online genealogical records will be introduced. An open forum where you can discuss your research with professional genealogists will follow Friday’s lecture.No booking is necessary and all are welcome.