Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional – 2nd edition published

Accredited Genealogists Ireland member Paul Gorry has published a new edition of his 2018 book, Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional.  In it he puts forward the case for professional genealogists seeking credentials, or accreditation, from a relevant accrediting body.  There are eight such bodies throughout the world, AGI being one of them. Gorry says ‘nowadays the majority of professional genealogists do not hold credentials and appear not to think them necessary for their career’. But he argues that professional credentials provide ‘a structure essential to the integrity of the profession, a stamp of approval for the conscientious practitioner … Read More

Seeking Credentials in Ireland as a Professional Genealogist?

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is hosting a Webinar on Zoom – Sat. 10 April 2021 @ 10.30am Whether you are already practising as a professional genealogist or just thinking about a career in genealogical research, this webinar would be relevant for 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. All are welcome – please book by following this link: Registration Enquiries about the event should be emailed to: event@accreditedgenealogists.ie AGI is the accrediting and representative body for professional genealogists in Ireland.  … Read More

Election of New Fellows

At our recent Annual General Meeting it was announced that AGI Members Máire Mac Conghail and Helen Kelly have been elected Fellows of the Association.  Under its constitution, AGI may award Fellowship in recognition of “invaluable service…to AGI” or a “particularly outstanding contribution to the study of Irish genealogy”. As an 18 year old student Máire Mac Conghail (then called Doran) worked as a freelance researcher for the Genealogical Office and after graduating in the early 1960s she began practicing independently as a professional genealogist. After marriage and a number of years spent rearing her family, she returned to professional … Read More

Justin Martin Elected an Emeritus Member of AGI

Having formally retired from professional genealogy, Justin Homan Martin has been elected an Emeritus Member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland in recognition of his many years of committed service to the Association and Irish genealogy. Justin began his career as a professional genealogist in 1984, receiving credentials from AGI in 1992, which was then known as APGI – the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland. In addition to running a very successful practice covering all aspects of genealogical research, but with a specialisation in seventeenth and eighteenth century sources, Justin also undertook probate, adoption and general historical research. His work has … Read More

AGI Members in ‘Zoomed’ Genealogy Q&A Session

In October Members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland participated in an online Genealogy Q&A event in collaborarion with Dublin City Council’s (DCC) Culture Company and the National Archives of Ireland. Virtual participation at meetings and lectures, through the process of Zoom, was practically unknown prior to March this year, when the highly contagious coronavirus appeared and took over the way we live our everyday lives. Over the past few months, under the auspices of the Culture Club (part of DCC’s Culture Company) AGI  – via Zoom – has given a number of virtual presentations, one of which was a successful Genealogy … Read More

Jillian Van Turnhout is AGI’s Newest Affiliate

AGI is pleased to welcome Jillian van Turnhout as the newest Affiliate of Accredited Genealogists Ireland.  Jillian has a national profile outside the sphere of ancestral research, having been a member of Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Irish parliament.  As well as being a former Senator, she is a current member of the Board of the Arts Council of Ireland.  Jillian has been involved in family history for nearly two decades and in recent years she has concentrated on developing that interest professionally. Jillian is the 17th person to be admitted as an AGI Affiliate since the Affiliate … Read More

Zoom CPD Event for AGI

On Thursday, 1st October AGI Members and Affiliates attended a CPD event via Zoom. It was our first such event and we were pleased to be joined by Scottish colleagues, members of ASGRA – Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives. Over the course of an hour, AGI founder member John Grenham spoke about running an Irish genealogy website. He touched on the history of the early, formative years of genealogy on the internet, and the stumbling blocks and hurdles he had faced since in arriving at his current website, www.johngrenham.com, and the current edition of the book no … Read More

Death of AGI Member Gerry Kennedy

It was with deep sadness that we learned of the death of our colleague Gerry Kennedy, MAGI.  Gerry had been part of the AGI ‘family’ for a decade.  He was admitted to membership in August 2010 and his was a familiar face at almost all of our gatherings ever since.  He died on Wednesday, 19th August. Gerry had a lifelong interest in family and local history.  In 2005 he obtained an MA in the History of the Family from the University of Limerick.  In his first professional career Gerry worked in the Department of Employment and Social Protection, in the … Read More

STAY SAFE ALTERNATIVE GENEALOGY SERVICE FROM NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF IRELAND

During the current pandemic, when people are advised to stay at home, cultural institutions and record repositories have to look at novel ways of helping the public.  The National Archives of Ireland (NAI) has thought up a way of assisting family history researchers while it remains closed. Since 2003 the NAI has provided its Free Genealogy Advisory Service to visitors to its premises in Bishop Street, Dublin.  The service is run on behalf of the Archives by an external panel of professional genealogists, all holding credentials from Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI).  As people cannot currently avail of the consultation service … Read More

AGI’s Forthcoming CPD Event

Our next Continuing Professional Development event is open to the public – all welcome! Talk: Using American Records to tear Down Irish Brickwalls When: Friday 17 January, 2.30pm Where: National Library of Ireland   Presented in association with Accredited Genealogists Ireland and the National Library of Ireland, American lecturer and genealogy researcher Kevin Cassidy discusses the collection of collateral records found across the Atlantic. These records may help to solve unanswered Irish research questions.   Kevin Cassidy is an American researcher and lecturer on genealogy topics, with 25 years’ experience. He has also had several pieces published in newsletters and genealogy … Read More