Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland
APGI Coat of Arms - Petere Fontem

© APGI 2014


About APGI: The Recent Past

In the mid-1980s, with the growing international interest in family history and the emergence of new genealogical services of varying standards within Ireland, it was felt that a professional body was needed. The initiative was taken in Belfast, where the embryonic APGI had its first meeting in 1986. Its members suggested to their Dublin-based colleagues that a similar group should be formed there. After a number of meetings, a panel of independent assessors was appointed and each potential member submitted a sample of work for assessment. This began in 1986. Initially the Belfast and Dublin groups operated as two branches, each with its own committee. Since the first Annual General Meeting in December 1988, at the Belfast members' suggestion, APGI has functioned as a unit under a single council.