Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland
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© APGI 2014


The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI), which was founded in 1986, acts as a regulating body to maintain high standards amongst its members and to protect the interests of clients. Our members are drawn from every part of Ireland and represent a wide variety of interests and expertise.

The ongoing involvement of individual members in lecturing and publishing maintains our position at the forefront of genealogical developments in Ireland.

A copy of the constitution of the Association is available here.

Contacting APGI

If you wish to to engage a genealogist please contact individual members directly. Their contact details will be found on the Members section of this site.

Enquiries of a more general nature may be directed to the Honorary Secretary at:




APGI is a constituent member of the
Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations



September 2014

John Grenham MAPGI will be the featured genealogist at the biggest Irish festival ever to take place in North America, iFest Boston, running from September 26 to September 28 next ( John was also the main researcher behind the family tree presented to Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, on behalf of iFest on September 17.

Tony Hennessy MAPGI also contributed research and designed the lovely extended tree at the centre of the presentation. Máire Mac Conghail MAPGI contributed translations of the Irish-language elements on the tree.

The 2014 “Rockstar Genealogists” poll regional “gold medallists” have been announced, and APGI’s President, Steven C. ffeary-Smyrl, MAPGI, FIGRS, has been named Ireland’s “Rockstar Genealogist”.

The annual poll is conducted by John D. Reid of Canada on his Anglo-Celtic Connections blog. The regional medallists are those receiving the most votes cast by those living in the specified countries / areas. This year these are Australasia; Canada; Great Britain; Ireland; and USA; along with a DNA category.

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'Working Towards APGI Accreditation (Belfast)' is an information afternoon for professional researchers and those thinking of developing a career in genealogy. It takes place on Tuesday 23 September 2014 (12.30pm to 3.30pm) at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ.

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August 2014

APGI will be at The Genealogy Event in the Strand Hotel Limerick on 22nd and 23rd August giving free genealogy consultations.

Visit the APGI stand in the exhibitor marketplace to speak with one of our members.

APGI members John Grenham, Helen Kelly and Nicola Morris will be at WDYTYA Glasgow on 29th and 30th August.

Helen Kelly will be speaking at the event and John Grenham and Nicola Morris will be part of the SOG's 'Ask the Experts' Sessions. APGI will also have a stand (No. 7) providing free genealogy consultations

John Grenham MAPGI is one of the speakers at the Celtic Connections conference in Waltham, Boston on August 15th and 16th.

More information here.

APGI would like to welcome a new affiliate, Sandy O’Byrne.

Sandy graduated from TCD with an Honours BA in History of Art and English, specialising in the Eighteenth Century Irish Country House. Subsequently she worked as a journalist and features writer covering especially food, wine, travel and books.

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July 2014

APGI are hosting a free advisory service for ticket holders attending The Genealogy Event in the Strand Hotel Limerick from 22nd to 23rd August 2014.
You can book a 20 minute session with a professional accredited genealogist to get advice on researching your family tree.

Nicola Morris MAPGI will be speaking about Tracing Your First World War Ancestors at the WWI Roadshow in Trinity College Dublin this Saturday 12th July at 10.50am. She will also be available throughout the day to answer your questions about tracing your First World War Ancestors. See

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May 2014

Brian Mitchell MAPGI has just published Derry-Londonderry: Gateway to a ew World. The Story of Emigration from the Foyle by Sail and Stream, a history of departures from the port of Derry-Londonderry between the late 17th century and the year 1939.

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April 2014

'Working Towards APGI Accreditation' is an information afternoon for professional researchers and those thinking of developing a career in genealogy. It takes place on Tuesday 6 May 2014 (1.30pm to 4.30pm) in the Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Admission is free, but advance booking is required (email to book a place).

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January 2014

Tony Hennessy (MAPGI) will be running 'Tracing the Family Tree', an evening course which begins on Tuesday 4th February at Waterford College of Further Education in Parnell St Waterford (The Tech.). It runs for 10 weeks from 7 - 9pm each Tuesday evening and costs €150.

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