National Archives of Ireland has Extended its Lunchtime Opening Hours

The National Archives of Ireland has updated its opening hours.  While a lunchtime closure between 1-2pm had been in place since the post-Pandemic reopening, the Reading Room of the National Archives will now remain open over lunchtime on Mondays. This is a most welcome move that will allow researchers to continue their work without having to vacate the reading room.    

Two New Members for AGI

AGI is thrilled to announce that two new Members have recently been added to its ranks, Jillian Van Turnhout and Hilary O’Connor. Jillian Van Turnhout’s interest in genealogy began almost two decades ago when she completed a course which equiped her to undertake her own family history research. She then subsequently honed her skills further through undertaking research for family and friends. In more recent times she availed of AGI’s Affiliate Programme, before successfully applying for formal Membership. Jillian is a former senator in the upper chamber of Ireland’s parliament, the Oireachtas, and in 2015 she was given Politician of … Read More

ARE YOU SEEKING CREDENTIALS IN IRELAND AS A PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGIST?

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) will be hosting an Open Day and Workshop in Dublin on Saturday, 7th October, 2023. Whether you are already practising as a professional genealogist or just thinking about a future career in genealogical research, this Open Day and Workshop will be relevant to you.  It will provide information on credentials for professional genealogists, on the AGI Affiliate programme, and on the process of seeking accreditation as a Member of AGI. The venue is Wynn’s Hotel, 35-39 Abbey Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1, D01C9F8, on Saturday 7th October 2023, 10.00am until 5.30pm. AGI is the accrediting and … Read More

Contribution of Former AGI President Extolled in the Media

A recent article in the Irish Echo, a New York Irish-American newspaper, extolled the contribution of one of Accredited Genealogists Ireland’s (AGI) former presidents to the world of Irish genealogy and to wider civil society. Steven Smyrl has been a member of AGI for over thirty years, and during that time has achieved significant success not only in improving the data recorded in Irish civil registration records, but also in gaining public access to records of great use to genealogists. Steven’s work in probate genealogy made him all too aware of the shortcomings in data recorded in death registrations in … Read More

Foundation Course in Irish Family History – Summer Term

The popular collaboration between City Colleges and Accredited Genealogists Ireland will run the Certificate in Family History Foundation Course during the summer term. The aim is to deliver comprehensive courses in family history research for the dedicated amateur and budding professional alike. The “Professional Certificate in Family History Research” takes place online every Thursday evening from 27th April 2023, over the course of ten weeks.  Lectures are given by AGI members who are recognised experts in their field. Students are introduced to the building blocks of genealogy: Civil records Church records Census records In addition they then guided through exciting resources, … Read More

Gillian Johnson admitted into Membership of Accredited Genealogists Ireland

Gillian Johnson, having utilised the Association’s Affiliate Programme, has now been admitted into Membership of Accredited Genealogists Ireland. Over the years Gill Johnson has developed her approach to genealogical research by extensively investigating and documenting her own family history. She has been fascinated with genealogy from an early age, evident in the many interviews she conducted with older family members, recording family lore for future generations. In her professional life, for almost a decade Gill has been working with Timeline, a Dublin-based genealogical research company run by fellow AGI Member, Nicola Morris. As an employee of Timeline, Gill has undertaken … Read More

AGI Member Sandra Doble gave a online lecture to Irish Family History Forum

On Saturday 18th March, AGI Member Sandra Doble gave an online lecture entitled ‘Researching Your Church of Ireland Ancestors’ to the New York based genealogy society, The Irish Family History Forum (IFHF). Her talk particularly examined Church of Ireland parish registers and the challenges of using these resources given so many were destroyed in 1922 in the fire which consumed the Public Record Office of Ireland. Despite the destruction, there survives many transcripts and abstracts which help to plug the gaps. Sandra also covered a myriad of other resources pertaining to Church of Ireland families, including vestry minutes books, marriage … Read More

AGI and City Colleges Now Offering an Advanced Diploma in Irish Family History Research

The popular collaboration between City Colleges and Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is moving up a notch with an online course suitable for students who are already familiar with basic Irish resources. It aims to advance students’ knowledge of the sources for Irish genealogy. This Diploma in Family History Research (advanced) course is aimed at both the dedicated amateur and budding professional and is suitable for students who already have a good grounding in civil registration, census, parish and land survey records. Its object is to advance students’ knowledge of Irish genealogy with topics such as military records, DNA, Estate records, … Read More

AGI’s 35th Annual General Meeting

On Thursday, 1st December, Accredited Genealogists Ireland held its 35th Annual General Meeting at the Dublin City Library & Archive in Pearse Street, Dublin 2.  Though it proved to be a shorter meeting than in recent years, the usual reports were given by the President, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer. In a detailed address, the current President, Nicola Morris, outlined the various activities of the Association has been involved with over the past year, particularly highlighting those where AGI Members had been able to offer specific skills in expertise and advocacy. The following officers were elected to serve for the … Read More

AGI and City Colleges Launch New Stage in their Genealogy Course Collaboration

September 2022 sees the launch of a new stage in the popular collaboration between City Colleges and Accredited Genealogists Ireland to deliver comprehensive courses in family history research for the dedicated amateur and budding professional alike. The Certificate in Family History Research takes place online every Thursday evening from 29 September 2022, over ten weeks.  Lectures are given by AGI Members who are recognised experts in their field. Students are introduced to the building blocks of genealogy: Civil records Church records Census records Then they are guided through exciting resources, from land surveys to historic newspapers. Each lecture has time … Read More