30 Harlech Crescent,
Areas of research: All of Ireland
Special interests: Co. Longford & Westmeath; migration to Argentina
Helen Kelly has been involved in genealogy and tourism since the 1980s, and holds an Extra-mural certificate in genealogy from University College Dublin (1992), a diploma in Local History from the National University of Ireland – Maynooth (1998) and a National Tour Guide Certificate from CERT (2002).
Helen has been a member of AGI since 1995 and was Honorary Secretary of the association from 1997 to 2000. She served as an AGI consultant at the Genealogical Office in Dublin from 1995 and continued to serve as a consultant when that service transferred to the National Library in 1998. She also worked in the genealogical advisory service at the National Archives since its inception in 2003. In addition to consultancy work, Helen engages in genealogical research for all Ireland. She is particularly interested in the midland counties of Westmeath and Longford, and in the descendants of emigrants from those counties who settled in Argentina. She has travelled widely in the United States and Argentina, in the course of her work.
Together with her colleague, Francis Dowling, she co-edited and produced the video Searching for your ancestors in Ireland – a professional guide. Since 2000 she has delivered lectures to various visiting tour groups to Ireland and has also broadcast on radio and television in Ireland and the United States, including the US coast-to-coast channel Out of Ireland. In 2001 she was a lecturer at the 4th Irish Genealogical Congress at Trinity College, Dublin.
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