Irish GenPod Series Begins

AGI Member Paul Gorry is running an Irish GenPod series on the Senior Times Podcast platform starting today, Wednesday, 20th April 2022. It’s beginning just ahead of the Senior Times LIVE Show which runs from Friday to Sunday, 22th to 24th April at the RDS Halls in the Dublin suburb of Ballsbridge. Senior Times LIVE incorporates the genealogy and family history show, Back To Our Past, now running for more than a decade. There are four episodes in the GenPod sereies, all of which will be released on successive Wednesdays. The first guest is high profile genealogist Nicola Morris, the … Read More

AGI Member Sandra Doble to Speak at National Archives Evening Lecture Series

The next lecture in the National Archives of Ireland evening lecture series, titled ‘Researching your Church of Ireland Ancestors’, will be given by Sandra Doble, MAGI. It will cover records of genealogical interest produced by parishes such as church registers and vestry minute books. Access to these records will be outlined and advice given on using online transcriptions of baptism, marriage and burial records. Sandra Doble is a former accountant but switched career to pursue her passion for family history. In 2012 she set up her own research company, Irish Family Footsteps. She became a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2022

HAND IN HAND WITH MARGARET AULSBERRY IN HER WIDOW’S WEEDS Tony Hennessy, M.A.G.I. Here’s a lovely old photo of my great grandmother Margaret Power nee Aulsberry at  her home at Whelansbridge in Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford. The child holding her hand is probably my mother Breda (nee O’Connor), as all her siblings had curly hair – so 1934 or thereabouts. Margaret was baptized on 17 June 1860 in the local catholic church of Ballyduff.  She was the daughter of Thomas Aulsberry and Mary Cuddihy, locally known as Cuddy, who were married during the Famine in 1847.  Aulsberry is a rare surname … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2022

FOR THEM AND POSTERITY Eilish Feeley M.A. The living come with grassy tread To read the gravestones on the hill; The graveyard draws the living still, But never anymore the dead. (From “In a Disused Graveyard” by Robert Frost) Graveyards hold a particular attraction for genealogists and nothing beats that sense of discovery when you uncover the inscription and carvings on an ancient memorial lost to the world for decades under a heavy mantle of moss and ivy. The best time to visit a graveyard is in early morning sunlight when the oblique rays of the sun shine on the … Read More

John Grenham to Speak at DCC Culture Club Event

In collaboration with Dublin City Council’s Culture Club and under the title ‘Ask the Genealogist’, the National Archives of Ireland is hosting a talk to be given by leading Irish genealogist, John Grenham.  The last decade has seen an explosion in the online availability of Irish genealogical records, mostly free, meaning that most people with Irish ancestors can now easily and cheaply take their family back at least to the early nineteenth century. This talk by John Grenham, a founding member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland and author of the key-guide to Irish geneaslogy, Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, will give details … Read More

AGI Member Tony Hennessy to Run Online Genealogy Course

Our AGI colleague Tony Hennessy will be running a 10 WEEK ONLINE GENEALOGY COURSE (2.5 hours per week) beginning on 16th February coming. The course is open to members of our mighty diaspora too so whether you are from Boston or Ballina, Toronto or Tipperary, Sydney or Sligo, Liverpool or Laois you are all very welcome. For further details email tony@tonyhennessygenealogy.com or checkout his website www.tonyhennessygenealogy.com.

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