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

Three Retired Members Elected Emeritus Members of AGI

On Friday, 15th February, at the end of the first day of the Back to Our Past family history event / 50-Plus Expo at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, a short presentation was held to mark the election of three retired members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland to the status of Emeritus Members. All three retired members were delighted to be recognised for their contribution over many years to the world of Irish genealogy, particularly in relation to Ulster.  They played no small part in the early development of what is now known as Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI).  Hazel Ervine, Joan Petticrew and … Read More

AGI to Offer Free Genealogy Advice Sessions at Back to Our Past in Belfast

This coming weekend Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) will be offering free genealogy advice sessions at its stand at Back to Our Past (BTOP) – the annual genealogy and family history experience. BTOP is part of the 50-Plus Expo being held at the Waterfront Hall on Friday and Saturday, 15th & 16th February. Doors open each of the two days at 10am through until 5pm. The Waterfront Hall is found at Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH. Convenient car parking can be found at the adjacent Lanyon Car Park. The 50-Plus Expo is Ireland’s only dedicated national consumer event for the over-50s. … Read More

David McElroy Elected to Fellowship of AGI

  On Friday, 7th December, at AGI’s 31st Annual General Meeting in Dublin the election was announced of David McElroy as a Fellow of the Association, recognising his decades’ long contribution to the pursuit and study of Irish genealogy. It was in 2004 that Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) established the status of Fellow of the Association to mark significant contributions by members to the world of Irish genealogy. Since then there have only been five elected, with David now being the sixth. Such contributions come in all shapes and sizes: some are very public, while others can be regarded as … Read More

Joan Sharkey Elected President of AGI

At last week’s Annual General Meeting Máire Mac Conghail completed three years as President of Accredited Genealogists Ireland. In the accompanying photograph she can be seen congratulating her successor, Joan Sharkey (left), as she begins her first term. The meeting also elected the following officers and other members of Council to serve for the coming year: Nicola Morris was elected to be the new Vice-President; Anne Rodda succeeds Sandra Doble as Hon. Treasurer, whose term of office has ended; and Georgina Scally was re-elected Hon. Secretary. In addition to the four officers, six ordinary members were also elected: Rob Davison, … Read More

Death of AGI Fellow and Former Vice-President, John McCabe

Accredited Genealogists Ireland regrets to report the death of John McCabe, one of AGI’s Fellows and a founding member of the Association. The late John McCabe became involved in genealogical research in the 1960s.  Being a native of Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, and living in Lisburn, he specialised in the province of Ulster, primarily using the resources of the various Belfast record repositories. He originally worked with the Ulster-Scot Historical Society, which was later renamed the Ulster Historical Foundation. Afterwards he began his own practice as a professional genealogist under the name Ulster Family Research Services. In the 1980s, John, like … Read More

Death of Former AGI President Richard Henry “Harry” McDowell

Accredited Genealogists Ireland regrets to report the death of its former President, Henry (Harry) McDowell, genealogist, writer and publisher. Harry’s interest in family history began at a young age. In the early years of his marriage he worked in publishing in London and while there he was a regular visitor to the Library of the Society of Genealogists, then housed not far from where he lived with his young family in Chelsea. In 1965 he and his family returned to Ireland and for the next decade Harry was the agent for the Du Pont family estate. It was during this … Read More

AGI Member Sandra Doble Speaks on Church of Ireland Records

The AGI series of Summer Lectures in association with the National Archives of Ireland finished on Tuesday, 25th July, with an informative and insightful talk by AGI member Sandra Doble on Church of Ireland records.  Sandra not only dealt with locating and searching Church of Ireland parish registers, she also gave the audience useful historical context and introduced them to the wealth of sources that might be found in the Representative Church Body library as well as other sources that can document Church of Ireland ancestors. Sandra also demonstrated the necessity of checking the original registers using an example from … Read More