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.


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


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


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


SECOND LIEUTENANT GEORGE MITCHELL AND THE RELIEF OF KUT Brian Mitchell M.A.G.I. The story of my Dad’s cousin George Mitchell of the Indian Army who was killed in action on 1 February 1917, just a few weeks after his 20th birthday, ‘at relief of Kut’ is worth the telling as it throws light on a lesser-known battlefield of World War One, namely the advance into Iraq by an Anglo-Indian army in Spring of 1917. The old town of Kut in eastern Iraq was located within a sharp ‘U’ bend of the Tigris River, some 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, 100 … Read More

AGI Open Day Postponed

Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19, the AGI Open Day and Report Writing CPD scheduled for Tuesday 24 March in Dublin is POSTPONED until further notice. We intend to re-schedule the event for later in the year. However, given the changing nature of the situation, no date has yet been selected. Updates will be posted here on our website and on the AGI Facebook page ( and Twitter feed (@AccGenIreland).

AGI Dublin Open Day on March 24th

Accredited Genealogists Ireland will be holding the second of its three OPEN DAYS on Tuesday 24 March in Dublin. The Open Day provides information on accreditation for professional genealogists, the AGI Affiliate programme and the process of application for Membership of AGI (accreditation). Whether you are practising as a professional genealogist or just thinking about a career in genealogical research, this Open Day would be relevant for you. All are welcome, but please book in advance by emailing Those attending are invited to stay on for a Continuing Professional Development session on Report Writing, which will be attended also … Read More


GLORIO GLORIO TO THE BOLD FENIAN MEN Tony Hennessy MAGI Many years ago I came across this lovely old photo in a biscuit tin of photos, newspaper cuttings and assorted bits and bobs in the custody of my mother’s brother.  When asked he didn’t know who the couple in the photo were.  I took the photo to my last surviving granduncle who happily identified them as his grandparents James O’Connor and Catherine Power who had a little farm at Sporthouse, a few miles outside Waterford City. I was also told that James was also a coachman. The civil record of … Read More