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Mary Beglan, M.A.P.G.I.

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Areas of research: All of Ireland

Mary Beglan’s interest in genealogy took root in the early 1990s, when she began tracing her Irish and English ancestry. While studying for a Certificate in Genealogy at University College, Dublin, she began professional research. In 1999 she obtained her Certificate, and in 2000 was admitted to APGI membership. Before becoming a professional genealogist Mary worked in the insurance business for over twenty-five years, qualifying as a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (F.C.I.I.).

Mary is the current Editor of the Irish Family History Society and was its Hon. Treasurer, 2000-2003, and Hon. Chairman 2003-2008. She was on the Council of APGI from 2001 to 2005, and was its Hon. Secretary from 2003 to 2005. She is a founder member of the Certificate Genealogists' Alumni Group (CGAG) and was a committee member from its inception in June 1999 to 2004, during which time she represented them on the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO).

As an APGI member Mary participated in the Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Library from 2002 to 2006, and at the National Archives since its inception in 2003 to 2006. She has delivered many talks, including a number on the use of the Internet in genealogy, and has written various articles, including web site reviews for the Irish Family History Society web site and the CIGO Newsletter. Mary was a speaker at the 2006 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Boston, USA.

As Mary’s interest in her own ancestry extends to England, she is a member of the Society of Genealogists and of the Kent Family History Society, and visits the London record repositories regularly.

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