GLORIO GLORIO TO THE BOLD FENIAN MEN Tony Hennessy MAGI Many years ago I came across this lovely old photo in a biscuit tin of photos, newspaper cuttings and assorted bits and bobs in the custody of my mother’s brother.  When asked he didn’t know who the couple in the photo were.  I took the photo to my last surviving granduncle who happily identified them as his grandparents James O’Connor and Catherine Power who had a little farm at Sporthouse, a few miles outside Waterford City. I was also told that James was also a coachman. The civil record of … Read More

New AGI Member Des Murtagh

Accredited Genealogists Ireland is pleased to welcome its latest member, Des Murtagh.  He is a native of Dublin, living in Co. Kildare, and he has had an interest in family history for most of his life.  In his former career, Des worked in education.  He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership as well as diplomas and degrees in other areas of education and theology. Over the past twenty years he got more involved in genealogy and in 2014 he did the diploma course in Independent College, Dublin, which was delivered by AGI Members.  Des renewed his association with AGI in … Read More

AGI Open Days

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is holding three Open Day events over the next few months for people who may wish to know what’s involved in applying for Affiliate status or Membership of AGI. The first event will be at PRONI in Belfast on Thursday 13 February, commencing at 3.15pm. Those attending are invited to stay on for a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) session on Report Writing, which will be attended by Members and Affiliates. The event is on the afternoon/ evening preceding BACK TO OUR PAST BELFAST, at which AGI will have a stand, as usual. The format of Open … Read More

AGI’s Forthcoming CPD Event

Our next Continuing Professional Development event is open to the public – all welcome! Talk: Using American Records to tear Down Irish Brickwalls When: Friday 17 January, 2.30pm Where: National Library of Ireland   Presented in association with Accredited Genealogists Ireland and the National Library of Ireland, American lecturer and genealogy researcher Kevin Cassidy discusses the collection of collateral records found across the Atlantic. These records may help to solve unanswered Irish research questions.   Kevin Cassidy is an American researcher and lecturer on genealogy topics, with 25 years’ experience. He has also had several pieces published in newsletters and genealogy … Read More


PALACE OF DREAMS  Georgina Scally MAGI In my houseless years during the closing decades of the 20th century, I harboured dreams of owning a thatch cottage.  I was not in the market however for some mock-Tudor replica the likes of which were beginning to appear in forced clusters in dubious locations around the country.  What I wanted was the ‘real deal’, an authentic cottage in the middle of nowhere with a huge fireplace that you could sit in and cook on, and a roof of thatch that I would learn over time to repair myself.  I even had a friend … Read More

Steven Smyrl, MAGI, Elected a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists

Steven Smyrl, a former President of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI), has been elected a Fellow of the prestigious Society of Genealogists (SoG).  The SoG, founded in 1911, is one of the world’s oldest genealogical organisations.  It has over 11,000 members and its headquarters in London holds what is believed to be the largest specialist genealogical library in Europe.  The honour is a fitting tribute to Steven’s long years of distinguished service to the field of genealogy. His most significant contribution to the wider genealogical community, and to society at large, relates to civil registration in Ireland. He was the driving … Read More

AGI welcomes new affiliate Gill Johnson

At our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday we were pleased to welcome Gillian Johnson as the newest Affiliate of Accredited Genealogists Ireland.  Gill has been working in genealogy for the past four years, as a researcher for Timeline.  She holds a degree in Local Studies from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and she has a keen interest in social history. Gill is the 16th person to be admitted as an AGI Affiliate since the Affiliate Programme was introduced seven years ago.  Eight of her predecessors have already successfully progressed to gaining credentials as Members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland.  We … Read More

Paul MacCotter MAGI contributes to the Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy

Paul MacCotter MAGI has contributed a paper entitled ‘The origins of the parish in Ireland’ to the latest edition of the  Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. It comprises a history of pastoral care and the parish in Ireland from the seventh century until circa 1300 AD, showing how pastoral care evolved into a parish system against a background of reform movements and the Anglo-Norman invasion and should be of interest to all genealogists, since the medieval parish is the ancestor of the later civil parish, an areal unit of fundamental importance for Irish research.


FAIR PLAY IN THE BOG and other fascinating people Tony Hennessy MAGI A few days ago, in partnership with three Traveller men, I completed three Traveller family trees.  The trees span eight generations and between them include several hundred individuals.  The principal surnames featured are Collins, Reilly, McDonagh, McDonnell, Stokes, Joyce, Ward, Rattigan, Doyle. As part of the research process almost two hundred photographs were gathered and added to the charts.  Among them was this striking and evocative photograph of a couple sitting at a little fire, their barrel-top wagon behind them. I had seen the photograph before.  It was … Read More

National Archives of Ireland Lecture Series: Michael Walsh, MAGI

The last of the AGI contributions to the Evening Lecture Series at the National Archives of Ireland for 2019 will be by Michael Walsh, MAGI. This follows the very popular and successful presentations by John Grenham, MAGI, in April, Nicola Morris, MAGI in June and Clare Doyle, MAGI, in September. Michael’s talk is at 6pm on Tuesday 12 November and is on ‘The Griffith Valuation & its place in Irish Genealogy’.  The lecture is free and open to all.  It takes place at the National Archives, Bishop Street, Dublin 8.