AGI member John Grenham appointed to the board of the National Library

Veteran AGI member John Grenham has been appointed to the board of the National Library of Ireland. The board’s term runs until 2026. The full list of the new board is at

Death of AGI Emeritus member, Joan Pettigrew

It is with deep regret that we learned of the peaceful death of our retired Emeritus member, Joan Pettigrew on 11 August 2021 in Co. Down. Joan was one of the founder members of AGI when it was established in Belfast in 1986 and known then as the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI). Her family has notified AGI that a Service of Thanksgiving for Joan’s life will take place on Saturday 14 August at 10.00am in St. Paul’s Parish Centre in Lisburn, followed by interment in Drumee Cemetery, Castlewellan, Co. Down. May she rest in peace. Joan Sharkey, … Read More

‘Ask the Genealogist’ with Michael Walsh MAGI at the National Archives

Michael Walsh, a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland, will be giving the next online presentation in the series of ‘Ask the Genealogist’ in collaboration with Dublin City Council (DCC) Culture Club and the National Archives of Ireland on Tuesday, 24 August at 11.00am. The lecture will be on Griffith’s Primary Valuation. Full details on the website:-

Death of Former AGI Member Mairead Gregory

It was with great sorrow that we learned of the death of our colleague Mairead Gregory, a longstanding Member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland and in more recent years an Associate Member.  Mairead was admitted to membership in 1999.  She died on 19th July. Mairead Gregory (née O’Shea), a native of Co. Kerry, long had an interest in family history.  Having lived in England, she returned to Ireland and decided to pursue genealogical research professionally. Based in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, she had ready access to the national record repositories in Dublin.  Having gained credentials from AGI (then known as APGI) she … Read More


WILLIAM FEERICK (1897-1918) Just another young Irishman lost to the Great War Aiden Feerick BA, MAGI Born in Ballinrobe to John and Mary Feerick, William’s short life ended in the WW1 Spring offensive of 1918; he is buried near Pozieres in France close to Thiepval. His early life in Ballinrobe was not without its difficulties. He and his brother, John, were twins; John was born half an hour before William on 18th January 1897. However, John died 21 days after birth; he had been suffering from Asthenia for fourteen days, a condition where the child lacked the strength and energy … Read More

AGI’s Newest Affiliate, Eilish Feeley

Accredited Genealogists Ireland is pleased to welcome a new Affiliate, Eilish Feeley, who has been involved in family and local history since childhood. Having obtained the Certificate in History of Family & Genealogical Methods from the University of Limerick (UL) in 2016, she ventured into the field of professional genealogy.  More recently Eilish attained an MA in History of the Family from UL and completed National Tour Guide training. Originally from Co. Longford, Eilish now lives across the Shannon in Co. Roscommon.  These are her areas of special interest, while she conducts research throughout Ireland.  She refers to her fascination … Read More


AN 1851 CENSUS EXTRACT John Grenham MAGI A few weeks ago I was approached by someone who wanted advice on a document that had been in his family for generations. It was an extract from the 1851 census. He thought it might have been obtained to demonstrate long-term occupation of the home place, perhaps as part of the process of buying out the land under the Land Acts. I told him it looked to me like it had to do with the Old Age Pension. When this was first introduced for people over 70 in 1909, there was no way … Read More

AGI members in Culture Club ‘Ask the Genealogist’

Members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland will be participating in an online Genealogy Q&A event in collaboration with Dublin City Council (DCC) Culture Club and the National Archives of Ireland on Thursday 29 April 2021 at 11.00am. The event, titled ‘Ask the Genealogist’, will be given by Paul Gorry, Nicola Morris and Steven Smyrl and is similar to the one held in October last year which was very successful. Click Culture Club for more.

AGI to deliver second Diploma in Family History course

A second Diploma in Family History course at City Colleges will commence on 29 April. As with the first course, which ran from January to April, it will be delivered by Accredited Genealogists Ireland. It runs for 10 weeks, online. Enrollment is open now. Click here for more information.


SIR ARTHUR VICARS ULSTER KING-OF-ARMS EXECUTED 100 YEARS AGO Tony Hennessy MAGI Sir Arthur Vicars was born in Leamington Spa , Warwickshire, England on 27 July 1862.  Following his formal education, he moved to Ireland where he remained for the rest of his life. Arthur became an expert in the associated fields of genealogy and heraldry and on 2 Feb. 1893, following the recent death of his predecessor Sir Bernard Burke, he was appointed Ulster King-of-Arms, a post first created in 1552, (although a herald of arms for Ireland is first recorded in 1382).  In this position Vicars was responsible … Read More