Steven Smyrl will be giving a talk on "Forgotten,
slighted & obscure - underused sources for Irish
genealogy" at 10.30am at the Irish Family History
Society meeting Saturday 6th October 2007. On Saturday
10th November 2007 Fiona Fitzsimons will speak on
"The Teare family: Goldsmiths of Dublin 1660s-1851"
Dublin City Library & Archive,
At the July 2007 meeting of the
Council of the Irish Genealogical Research Society,
John Grenham and Steven ffeary-Smyrl were elected
fellows of the Society.
is known in genealogical circles worldwide because
of his landmark publication Tracing your Irish Ancestors
. He has been involved in genealogy since 1981,
when he began work on the research panel of the
Genealogical Office. He was a founder member of
the Association of Professional Genealogists in
Ireland, and he has been an IGRS member for years. Having
worked as a professional researcher for a decade,
he became a project manager with the Irish Genealogical
Project in 1991, remaining in that position 'till
1995. The first edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
, was published in 1992. It has become the most
widely used guidebook on Irish genealogy. A third
edition appeared in 2006.
publications include Clans and Families of Ireland
(1995), Generations (1996), the chapter "The Genealogical
Office and its Records" in The Genealogical Office
(1999) and Grenham's Irish Surnames (CD-ROM, 2003),
as well as numerous articles in the magazine Your
Family Tree. He also developed his own genealogical
software, Grenham's Irish Recordfinder. Since 1998
he has run the ireland.com/Irish Ancestors website
in conjunction with the Irish Times . Most recently
he was Genealogist-in-Residence at Dublin City Library
and developed its database of mid-twentieth century
Dublin electoral lists.
ffeary-Smyrl has had a life long interest in genealogy.
As well as being one of the foremost Irish genealogists,
he has been a tireless worker for the IGRS Ireland
Branch and for the Council of Irish Genealogical
Organizations (CIGO) for over a decade.
He has been
a professional genealogical researcher since the
late 1980s, and a member of the IGRS since 1989. He
was admitted to membership of the Association of
Professional Genealogists in Ireland in 1991. Since
1995 he has served on the IGRS Ireland Branch committee,
being chairman 2002-2005. For much of that time
he was the driving force on the committee, organizing
most of the branch’s events. His work for CIGO,
of which he was chairman 2000-2002, has been of
incalculable benefit to all organizations involved
in Irish genealogical research, particularly in
relation to the reform of civil registration legislation
in recent years.
the leading authority on the records of Irish Dissenting
Protestants. He is author of Irish Methodists -
Where Do I Start? (1999) and is soon to publish
his major work on the history of Dublin ’s various
Non-Conformist congregations. With Eileen Ó Dúill,
he also wrote Irish Civil Registration – Where Do
I Start? (2000).
member Paul Gorry is giving the one day Course for
Adults on Genealogy at the National Museum of Ireland
- Country Life - Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo,
on Friday 20 July. The course runs from 10am to
5pm. It covers a wide range of Irish genealogical
records and how to access them.
member Paul Gorry is speaking at the Library Association
of Ireland’s Oral History Seminar Part 2 on Thursday
21 June 2007. The day-long Seminar takes place at
the National Library of Ireland. Paul’s lecture,
“Oral History – the Starting Point for Genealogy”,
is the first on the programme, commencing at 10.45am.
Library’s Genealogy Advisory Service.
fter seventeen years of association with the National
Library’s Genealogy Advisory Service (GAS), APGI
members will no longer be providing the GAS at the
National Library of Ireland in Kildare Street, Dublin.
a tendering process, negotiations have now concluded
without agreement having been reached. APGI members
continue to run the entirely separate GAS at the
National Archives in Bishop Street, Dublin.
first advisory service began in 1989 at the Genealogical
Office as a one-to-one consultation facility, operating
on a fee-paying basis. In 1998 it was transferred
to the National Library main building and converted
into a more accessible consultation service, free
to the public. Due to the success of APGI’s provision
of this service - through its membership of accredited
professional genealogists - the National Archives
invited APGI to provide a similar facility which
began there in January 2003.
APGI remains fully committed to the GAS at the National
Archives in Bishop Street, it wishes the National
Library’s GAS continued success in what ever form
the service continues to operate.
O’Briain, M.Phil., M.A.P.G.I.
was with great sadness that we learned of the death
of our esteemed friend and colleague, Muirín O’Briain. Muirín
was universally liked and respected in genealogical
circles. She played a prominent part in the Irish
Genealogical Congress committee over the years and
served from 1997 to 2001 as secretary of the Ireland
Branch of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. She
joined APGI in 1995. Last December she became Vice-President
of the organisation.
bore a long illness without complaint. She dwelt
on the positive, and her sunny disposition was an
inspiration. She was a very special person whose
unassuming and gentle ways won her the admiration
of all whose lives she touched. Muirín's APGI colleagues
will miss her immensely.
Gorry, President APGI
of Muirín O’Briain, M.Phil., M.A.P.G.I.
O’Briain, Vice President of APGI, died at her home
in Dublin, on Sunday May 27 2007 after a long illness.
The removal will take place on Tuesday May 29 to
St. Joseph's Church,Terenure arriving at 5o'c. Requiem
Mass on Wednesday at 10 o'c. R.I.P.
Beglan to speak at Raheny Library.
annual Ray Wickham Memorial Lecture of the Raheny
Heritage Society will be given by APGI member Mary
Beglan, on Wednesday 30 May at 7.30pm in Raheny
Library. The illustrated lecture will be on 'Marriage
Settlements in the Registry of Deeds'.
Raheny Library, Howth Road, Raheny, Dublin 5.
May – 20 May 2007
M. Ó Dúill to attend NGS Conference.
member Eileen M. Ó Dúill will be attending the National
Genealogical Society conference in the States in
Richmond Virginia from May 16th to 20th May 2007.
She will be representing Irish Genealogy Ltd. in
the exhibitors hall at the Greater Richmond Convention
Sharkey to speak at Local History Day.
member Joan Sharkey will be giving a lecture entitled
'Raheny Footprints' at the Local History Group Day
to be held on Saturday 12 May 2007 at the Dublin
City Library and Archives. This is the 3rd year
this has been organised by the Dublin & Irish
Local Studies, of Dublin City Library and Archive.
Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse
St., Dublin 2.
Kely to visit Argentina.
Kelly will be in Argentina from the 13th March to
the 2nd April. While there, she will participate
in the many St. Patrick's Day fesitivities in Buenos
Aires, including celebrations at the various Irish
insitutions such as the Fahy Club and the Hurling
Club. She will also spend some time in the Pampas
where she will meet with Irish communities in San
Antonio d'Areco, Carmen d'Areco and Merecedes.
The Irish Sea : Tracing Your Irish Ancestors - 10
Family Records Centre, London has joined forces
with Tourism Ireland and the British Postal Museum
& Archive to bring a one-day conference dedicated
to tracing Irish ancestry. The conference will be
held at the Phoenix Centre in Mount Pleasant (a
few minutes walk from the FRC) on Saturday 10 March
The day will feature lectures on all aspects of
Irish family history - on both sides of the Irish
Sea. Michael Gandy, Audrey Collins, Paul Gorry,
Helen Kelly and John Grenham will introduce you
to the most important sources and resources and
look at ways that you can get around the particular
difficulties of researching your Irish ancestors.
are £20.00 each. Phone 0208 392 5300 or download
a booking form online at:
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