IMAGE OF THE MONTH – JANUARY 2021

A FRUITFUL FAMILY TREE PROJECT Beverly Brown MAGI Long before genealogy took over my life, I had time for all sorts of craftwork, from glass-fusing to wood carving and from metal craft to textiles. Back in the spring, with PRONI closed and requests for research at a standstill, I decided it was time for a more creative slant on family history. And that is how this fabric tree came about. With our little grandson having just had his first birthday, I decided this would be perfect for the wall of his bedroom. Not wanting to make it too large, I … Read More

AGI to provide Diploma in Family History Course

Accredited Genealogists Ireland will be providing the Diploma in Family History Course at City Colleges, commencing Thursday, 28th January 2021.  The course will be delivered entirely online and enrollments are now open. Click here for full details.

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – DECEMBER 2020

INSPECTION Clare Doyle MAGI This image was taken near Tuam, Co. Galway and is thought to show an inspection by the Office of Public Works. Michael (Midie) Forry who lived in Tuam was a ganger working on Galway’s roads and had the photo in his possession. It’s thought that Midie is pictured on the left. The National Archives of Ireland holds the archives of the OPW including ledgers, journals and other assorted material relating to island navigation, the building of roads, bridges, piers and harbours, Land Act Loans, Church Fund Loans and other material. A database has been compiled of … Read More

AGI Member Tony Hennessy speaking on Irish Traveller Family History

On Monday 7 December at 7pm (Irish time) the National Library of Ireland is hosting a presentation on Zoom, ‘Rolling back the Road: A Journey In Irish Traveller Family History’.  Tony Hennessy, MAGI, and Michael Collins of Pavee Point will discuss a project carried out over the last few years which was co-ordinated by Tony Hennessy.  It culminated with the construction of large family tree charts.  Three of these were presented to the National Library in December 2019.  To attend this free online talk it is necessary to book here: https://nli.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173606173  

AGI’s 33rd AGM

We had our 33rd Annual General Meeting on Tuesday morning. Though we were founded in 1986, in our first two years we had two separate branches: one based in Belfast and the other in Dublin. That is why our first overall AGM took place in 1988. Over the years we have had AGMs in various locations in Belfast and Dublin. This year’s was the first held online. How times have changed!

Back to our Past 2020

This year Back to our Past is not just a month early, but it’s also online. Virtual BTOP takes place over the weekend of 18-20 September 2020. For just €10 anyone, anywhere in the world, will be able to pick and choose from the various talks and online articles on offer. On the BTOP page just click the BOOK EVENT icon to register. Accredited Genealogists Ireland will, as usual, be involved in the event. Six AGI Members have recorded a series of introductory talks, helping people to navigate the main online sources for Irish genealogy, concentrating primarily on free databases. … Read More

Online talk by Tony Hennessy MAGI

As part of the Online Virtual Culture Club Dublin, Tony Hennessy MAGI will present ‘How to Start, Where to Start – First Steps in Tracing Your Ancestors’ on Thursday 20th August at 2.30pm. Click here for more details and to book.

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – AUGUST 2020

NOT THE BISHOP OF IPSWICH Rosaleen Underwood MAGI My grand aunt said that her grandfather was the bishop of Ipswich, but he wasn’t. Aunt Eileen was only ten when her mother died so I can allow for her not knowing much about him. That might even have been a nickname if he was the pompous type — or just a story her mother made up for the little girl.  I eventually found his name on his daughter’s marriage record (but no occupation) and, oh joy, the church record named her parents as Stephen and Jane Bloomfield of Limerick. We didn’t … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2020

A PARENTS’ HEARTFELT REPLY TO A LETTER HOME FROM THEIR LONG LOST SON Tony Hennessy M.A.G.I. The fortunes of the copper mining community of Bunmahon Co. Waterford rose and fell and rose and fell again throughout the 1800s. By the mid to late 1860s the supply of copper was all but exhausted and real hardship and mass emigration followed. Peter Walsh, a Bunmahon miner and only son of Michael and Johanna Walsh, immigrated to Australia. However his parents heard no word home from Peter for ‘eight or nine’ years and they sadly concluded that he must have died. To their … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – APRIL 2020

THE LAST BIG PANDEMIC Paul Gorry F.S.G., F.I.G.R.S., M.A.G.I,  Co. Wicklow This is my grandfather, John McDermott.  He was born in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon, in March 1877, son of Patrick and Bridget McDermott.  When he was almost twenty, his brother got married and John met his new sister-in-law’s fifteen year old sister at the wedding. Supposedly he made up his mind then that Delia Nolan would one day be his wife, but he had to wait another nine years before Delia finally was in agreement on the matter. In the meantime, he went to work in Whitecross, Co. Armagh, where … Read More