Joan Sharkey, Immediate Past-President of AGI, to Speak at NAI Evening Lecture Series

The National Archives of Ireland is hosting the first talk of 2022 in its evening lecture series and the speaker will be AGI immediate past-President Joan Sharkey.  Joan’s lecture is entitled ‘Researching your Roman Catholic ancestors’ and will discuss the available records and the historical background to the administration of the Irish Catholic church and how this  resulted in the majority of parish registers only commencing in the early 19th century. The talk will cover the extent of the available records and where they are located and will also give advice on using the various websites which contain transcriptions and … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2022

A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS … Des Murtagh MAGI This 1912 photograph of the wedding of Daniel Harrington and Mary Ellen Byrne captures three generations of the Byrne family in Lucan, County Dublin. It was taken in the front garden of the bride’s parents’ home, which comprised of a 2/3 roomed cottage. Perhaps another photograph was also taken of the groom’s side of the family. Perhaps that photo may have been given to his parents or a family member to be framed and hung in a Harrington household in Cork. While this photograph captures a moment in time, from … Read More

AGI Elects its Tenth President

At its recent Annual General Meeting, Accredited Genealogists Ireland elected its tenth President.  The incoming office holder succeeds Joan Sharkey, who has completed a three-year term. The incoming President is Nicola Morris. She began undertaking work as a professional genealogist in 1999 after obtaining a degree in history from Trinity College, Dublin. She joined AGI in 2010 and has served on its governing Council as an ordinary member, as Hon. Secretary and most recently as the Association’s Vice-President. Over the past decade Nicola has worked closely with the production companies for the TV programme Who Do You Think You Are?, … Read More