Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional – 2nd edition published

Accredited Genealogists Ireland member Paul Gorry has published a new edition of his 2018 book, Credentials for Genealogists: Proof of the Professional.  In it he puts forward the case for professional genealogists seeking credentials, or accreditation, from a relevant accrediting body.  There are eight such bodies throughout the world, AGI being one of them. Gorry says ‘nowadays the majority of professional genealogists do not hold credentials and appear not to think them necessary for their career’. But he argues that professional credentials provide ‘a structure essential to the integrity of the profession, a stamp of approval for the conscientious practitioner … Read More

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ANNIE (CLARKEN) KINNANE, NURSE TO THE VERSCHOYLE FAMILY, CO. LIMERICK Anne-Marie Smith M.A.G.I   My great-grandmother was Annie Clarken who was born in Dublin in 1867 (died in 1924) to Patrick Clarken and Bridget Cassidy. Her father worked as Coachman for the Cramptons of Grangemore House, (Donaghmede) for almost 30 years. She married Patrick Kinnane in 1886, who was a ‘butcher’ from Co. Clare and a widower. They had two children James in 1888 and my grandmother Annie in 1889. Sadly, Patrick Kinnane was killed by a train on his way home from work one evening in 1890 leaving his … Read More

AGI Member Sandy O’Byrne to give online NAI lecture

Sandy O’Byrne B.A., M.A.G.I, will give an online public lecture for the National Archives of Ireland at 7 pm on Tuesday March 23 next. The lecture is titled “Civil records: the gateway to the past”  and more information is available here on the NAI website.

Seeking Credentials in Ireland as a Professional Genealogist?

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is hosting a Webinar on Zoom – Sat. 10 April 2021 @ 10.30am Whether you are already practising as a professional genealogist or just thinking about a career in genealogical research, this webinar would be relevant for you.  It will provide information on credentials for professional genealogists, on the AGI Affiliate programme and on the process of seeking accreditation as a Member of AGI. All are welcome – please book by following this link: Registration Enquiries about the event should be emailed to: event@accreditedgenealogists.ie AGI is the accrediting and representative body for professional genealogists in Ireland.  … Read More

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FR NICHOLAS SHEEHY – OPPONENT OF THE PENAL LAWS WHO MET A GRISLY END Aidan Feerick B.A., MAGI Few people today remember Fr Nicholas Sheehy of Clogheen. He was the son of Frances Sheehy, a wealthy Catholic from Drumcollogher, Co Limerick and a woman called Power from Bawnfune, Parish of Kilronan, on the N 671 close to Ballymacarbury, Co Waterford. Nicholas was born in 1728 and was enrolled in the Irish College in Salamanca on 17 March 1749 to train for the priesthood. He left in 1751 but must have been ordained elsewhere because in 1752 he was appointed to … Read More

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A FRUITFUL FAMILY TREE PROJECT Beverly Brown MAGI Long before genealogy took over my life, I had time for all sorts of craftwork, from glass-fusing to wood carving and from metal craft to textiles. Back in the spring, with PRONI closed and requests for research at a standstill, I decided it was time for a more creative slant on family history. And that is how this fabric tree came about. With our little grandson having just had his first birthday, I decided this would be perfect for the wall of his bedroom. Not wanting to make it too large, I … Read More

AGI to provide Diploma in Family History Course

Accredited Genealogists Ireland will be providing the Diploma in Family History Course at City Colleges, commencing Thursday, 28th January 2021.  The course will be delivered entirely online and enrollments are now open. Click here for full details.

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INSPECTION Clare Doyle MAGI This image was taken near Tuam, Co. Galway and is thought to show an inspection by the Office of Public Works. Michael (Midie) Forry who lived in Tuam was a ganger working on Galway’s roads and had the photo in his possession. It’s thought that Midie is pictured on the left. The National Archives of Ireland holds the archives of the OPW including ledgers, journals and other assorted material relating to island navigation, the building of roads, bridges, piers and harbours, Land Act Loans, Church Fund Loans and other material. A database has been compiled of … Read More

Election of New Fellows

At our recent Annual General Meeting it was announced that AGI Members Máire Mac Conghail and Helen Kelly have been elected Fellows of the Association.  Under its constitution, AGI may award Fellowship in recognition of “invaluable service…to AGI” or a “particularly outstanding contribution to the study of Irish genealogy”. As an 18 year old student Máire Mac Conghail (then called Doran) worked as a freelance researcher for the Genealogical Office and after graduating in the early 1960s she began practicing independently as a professional genealogist. After marriage and a number of years spent rearing her family, she returned to professional … Read More

AGI Member Tony Hennessy speaking on Irish Traveller Family History

On Monday 7 December at 7pm (Irish time) the National Library of Ireland is hosting a presentation on Zoom, ‘Rolling back the Road: A Journey In Irish Traveller Family History’.  Tony Hennessy, MAGI, and Michael Collins of Pavee Point will discuss a project carried out over the last few years which was co-ordinated by Tony Hennessy.  It culminated with the construction of large family tree charts.  Three of these were presented to the National Library in December 2019.  To attend this free online talk it is necessary to book here: https://nli.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173606173