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

Back to our Past 2020

This year Back to our Past is not just a month early, but it’s also online. Virtual BTOP takes place over the weekend of 18-20 September 2020. For just €10 anyone, anywhere in the world, will be able to pick and choose from the various talks and online articles on offer. On the BTOP page just click the BOOK EVENT icon to register. Accredited Genealogists Ireland will, as usual, be involved in the event. Six AGI Members have recorded a series of introductory talks, helping people to navigate the main online sources for Irish genealogy, concentrating primarily on free databases. … 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

Online talk by Tony Hennessy MAGI

As part of the Online Virtual Culture Club Dublin, Tony Hennessy MAGI will present ‘How to Start, Where to Start – First Steps in Tracing Your Ancestors’ on Thursday 20th August at 2.30pm. Click here for more details and to book.

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – AUGUST 2020

NOT THE BISHOP OF IPSWICH Rosaleen Underwood MAGI My grand aunt said that her grandfather was the bishop of Ipswich, but he wasn’t. Aunt Eileen was only ten when her mother died so I can allow for her not knowing much about him. That might even have been a nickname if he was the pompous type — or just a story her mother made up for the little girl.  I eventually found his name on his daughter’s marriage record (but no occupation) and, oh joy, the church record named her parents as Stephen and Jane Bloomfield of Limerick. We didn’t … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – JUNE 2020

A PARENTS’ HEARTFELT REPLY TO A LETTER HOME FROM THEIR LONG LOST SON Tony Hennessy M.A.G.I. The fortunes of the copper mining community of Bunmahon Co. Waterford rose and fell and rose and fell again throughout the 1800s. By the mid to late 1860s the supply of copper was all but exhausted and real hardship and mass emigration followed. Peter Walsh, a Bunmahon miner and only son of Michael and Johanna Walsh, immigrated to Australia. However his parents heard no word home from Peter for ‘eight or nine’ years and they sadly concluded that he must have died. To their … Read More

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – APRIL 2020

THE LAST BIG PANDEMIC Paul Gorry F.S.G., F.I.G.R.S., M.A.G.I,  Co. Wicklow This is my grandfather, John McDermott.  He was born in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon, in March 1877, son of Patrick and Bridget McDermott.  When he was almost twenty, his brother got married and John met his new sister-in-law’s fifteen year old sister at the wedding. Supposedly he made up his mind then that Delia Nolan would one day be his wife, but he had to wait another nine years before Delia finally was in agreement on the matter. In the meantime, he went to work in Whitecross, Co. Armagh, where … 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

IMAGE OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2020

SECOND LIEUTENANT GEORGE MITCHELL AND THE RELIEF OF KUT Brian Mitchell M.A.G.I. The story of my Dad’s cousin George Mitchell of the Indian Army who was killed in action on 1 February 1917, just a few weeks after his 20th birthday, ‘at relief of Kut’ is worth the telling as it throws light on a lesser-known battlefield of World War One, namely the advance into Iraq by an Anglo-Indian army in Spring of 1917. The old town of Kut in eastern Iraq was located within a sharp ‘U’ bend of the Tigris River, some 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, 100 … Read More