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APGI Becomes AGI
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After almost 30 years as the accrediting body for genealogists in Ireland, APGI has adopted a new name. At an Extraordinary General Meeting held in Dublin on Wednesday, 27 May 2015, the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) voted to change its name to Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI).

 

As Accredited Genealogists Ireland the Association will continue to set and promote high standards for those engaged professionally in genealogy while safeguarding the interests of clients.  Founded in Belfast in 1986, the Association has always been an accrediting body for genealogists throughout the island of Ireland. Accreditation from the Association is controlled by an independent Board of Assessors. Each applicant is required to demonstrate to a high standard their ability, knowledge and practical experience in Irish genealogy. In addition, each member is bound by the Association’s Code of Practice.

 

APGI has always kept abreast of changes in the world of genealogy. In 2012 it introduced a new category of APGI Affiliate.  This is to assist reputable genealogists, in the early stages of their transition to professional research, to prepare for application for accreditation. Through mentoring and attending APGI Continuing Professional Development events a number of Affiliates have progressed to membership.

 

Over the years, members of the Association have written for Irish and international print media and appeared on, and undertaken the research for, radio and TV shows. In particular, they have provided much of the raw material documenting the ancestry of celebrities who have appeared on the Irish, British and US versions of Who Do You Think You Are?, appearing alongside such people as Jeremy Irons, Graham Norton and Julie Walters. On RTE’s Genealogy Roadshow, they helped members of the public to verify family stories: checking out claims of an ancestor in the Rising; a family relationship to Charlie Chaplin; and talk of a relative with a ticket for the maiden voyage of the ill-fated Titanic. Other shows include the RTE IFTA nominated series Dead Money, about lost fortunes being restored to families, and The Shelbourne, a five-episode series following the daily life of Ireland’s grandest hotel which featured Helen Kelly in her role as the hotel’s Genealogy Butler.

After the decision to change APGI’s name to AGI, its President, Steven Smyrl, said “Beyond its functions of accrediting and regulating, APGI has made many positive contributions over the past 30 years to the development of genealogy in Ireland, particularly through championing the needs of all types of record users, lobbying state-run archives and offices, and by supporting the efforts of the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO). Under its new name of Accredited Genealogists Ireland the Association will continue its vital role in all areas of genealogy across the island and internationally.”

 

The Association’s website will be renamed soon, but in the meantime information about AGI can be found at: www.apgi.ie

 
APGI Membership
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I am delighted to announce that I have been accepted as a full member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI).

 

This is the only accrediting body for genealogists in Ireland and membership is granted on the recommendation of an Independent Board of Assessors.

When you chose an APGI genealogist, you know you can rely on receiving professional standards of research.

 

Take a look at APGI's website.

 

 

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Our New Facebook page
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Irish Family Footsteps has a brand new facebook page!

Do visit and "like" it.

From now on, our news articles and updates will be published through this page.

Keep an eye on posts. There will be lots of news and useful advice on Irish genealogical research.

 
Have you considered searching for your ancestor in court and prison records?
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Find My Past has published almost 10 million records from the Petty Sessions Courts Registers (1851-1912) and over 3 million from the Irish Prison Registers (1790-1924).Your ancestor may very well be named in these registers - either as the party on trial, or as a witness or victim.

The Petty Sessions Courts were the local, and lowest, Court in Ireland and covered a wide variety of cases such as theft; drunk and disorderly behaviour; non-payment of county taxes; prostitution; begging and trespass.

In addition to standardised information such as the date and nature of the complaint and the sentence or fine imposed, these registers can contain useful information such as birth place of the accused; a physical description of the accused and names of next of kin.

Irish Family Footsteps are happy to help you research this wonderful resource.

 
Plans to Digitise Parish Records
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At present, the National Library of Ireland holds a microfilm collection of parish registers of births and marriages for almost every Roman Catholic Parish in Ireland.

At present, the only way to see the actual register entry is a trip to the Library on Kildare Street in Dublin - not always a feasible option!

In an exciting development, the Library has announced the tendering for the task of digitising these registers.

At some point in the near future, it is hoped that registers will be fully searchable online, with the option to see a digital copy of the actual register page.

This would be a very welcome development. 

 
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