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


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