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

'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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October 2013

APGI Affiliate Anne-Marie Smith, of Into The Past Genealogy Services, received “Best Service Award” from Mr. Justice Peter Kelly, at the Raheny Business Association Awards Night on 8th October 2013 at St. Francis Hospice Conference Centre, Raheny.

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September 2013

The Independent College, Dublin, Diploma in Family History commences on Tuesday 8 October. The 12-week course is presented in association with APGI. The co-ordinator is an APGI member, as are all the other eight lecturers. For this autumn's course two new lecturers are joining the team.

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Ask the Professionals

The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) are hosting a free advisory service at Back To Our Past in the RDS from 18th-20th October 2013.

We are no longer taking bookings for the consultations but please visit the APGI Stand (28) at Back to Our Past as we may have availability on the day.

We look forward to seeing you.

5 September 2013
Back To Our Past takes place on 18-20 October at the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Today, as organisers of the official BTOP Presentations, APGI are pleased to announce the launch of the presentations programme.

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The Irish Genealogical Research Society's Marriage Finder has now reached 50,000 names. It's unique and is fast becoming an invaluable source for references to pre-civil registration marriages in Ireland.

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July 2013

APGI members Mary Beglan, John Grenham, and Joan Sharkey are to provide an advisory service at three free Genealogy Open Days in Dublin City Library and Archive on 26th July, 9th or 16th August.

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The General Register Office’s Research Facility is set to move from its convenient and well-appointed premises at the Irish Life Centre, Lower Abbey Street, to a dilapidated former Dole Office on Werburgh Street.

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The Hints of History event at Russborough House ( in West Wicklow on 6-7 July 2013 includes a talk - ‘Genealogy – Exploring Your Family History’ - to be delivered at 1pm on Saturday 6 July by Paul Gorry, MAPGI.

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May 2013

APGI’s President, Steven Smyrl, warmly welcomes the news that Ireland’s historic indexes to births, deaths & marriages are soon to be made available online and free-to-view through the government’s genealogy portal

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We are delighted to announce that APGI has to date admitted three Affiliates; Sandra Doble, Bernadette Walsh and Anne-Marie Smith. All of their details can be found on the website and we look forward to meeting the new affiliates at the next professional development event.

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April 2013

On Wednesday 3rd April, Tom Cruise met with Fiona Fitzsimons, MAPGI and Helen Moss of Eneclann for a personal brief on his Irish family history.

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March 2013

Paul Gorry, MAPGI, will be one of the speakers at the annual Dublin City Public Libraries ‘Family History Day’ on Saturday 23 March 2013. The series of talks runs from 9.30am to 3.30pm in the Conference Room at Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street.

There is no booking system in place this year. Further details are available from and 01-6744999.