At ‘s AGM in December the possibility of changing the name of our organisation was discussed at length. It was agreed that the idea would be put to an Extraordinary General Meeting during the year. The EGM has been set for 27 May 2015.
The basic reason for the proposed change is the growing confusion caused by the similarity of ‘s name and that of the US-based Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). When was founded APG was little known outside of North America. In recent years APG has spread across the world. Consequently, ‘s role as an organisation providing accreditation has been confused with APG’s role as a networking and support organisation.
At the EGM members will be asked first to vote on whether to change the name. If the decision is yes, members will be asked then to vote on a number of possible new names.
In advance of the EGM we are asking members to get involved in a discussion process. There are two phases in this process.
- Between now and 16 April we are asking you to submit new name ideas and discuss proposed names on a private forum on our website. Tell us what you think of suggestions as they appear. When putting forward a name proposal yourself please highlight it in the following format: “I PROPOSE ‘Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland'”.
- Between 18 April and 25 April you will be asked to vote in an online survey on the proposed names coming from the discussion.
The most popular names resulting from this survey will be put before the EGM. In addition, two more possible names may be put forward by the Council. It should be noted that this whole process, suggestions and discussion must remain confidential among members.
While not wishing to limit the discussion, the Council feels that some guidance is necessary. Key elements that need to be conveyed in the name are:
- an organisation connected with Ireland
- an organisation for people with accreditation, certification or credentials
- an organisation for people with expertise in genealogy
It is worth noting that the word ‘Professional’ need not appear in the name. None of the organisations in other countries that provide credentials for professional genealogists use ‘Professional’ in their name.
Please bear in mind how the name might be abbreviated on its own and with the addition of ‘M’ for Member and ‘F’ for Fellow.
Steven C. ffeary-Smyrl