June 2015: The Council of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) wishes to clarify the organisation’s status. It was formed, as the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI), in 1986. At that time most of the practising genealogists throughout the island of Ireland came together to form a representative and accreditation body, with an independent Board of Assessors. A few weeks ago APGI changed its name to AGI.

AGI does not have official recognition from either the Irish government or the Northern Ireland Assembly, nor has it ever claimed such. AGI is not an incorporated or chartered body, nor does it need to be. Like similar accrediting organisations for professional genealogists in England & Wales, Scotland and Australasia, AGI’s status is that of a long­standing association of practitioners working to maintain high standards among its members and to protect the interests of their clients. AGI is committed to the development of the study of genealogy. To that end it maintains friendly relations with genealogical societies throughout Ireland and abroad.

The Council of AGI expects that this statement clarifies any questions that have been raised.