Robert C. Davison, M.A.P.G.I.
of research: All of Ireland.
interests: Adoption and Probate.
Robert Davison is of English origin, his 'roots'
are in Ireland, as his father came from Belfast.
On retirement, Robert moved to the Ards Peninsula
in Co. Down and determined to research his Irish
ancestors. On joining the North of Ireland Family
History Society (NIFHS) twelve years ago, he was
able to acquire the necessary expertise in research.
His interests expanded and, realising the cross-fertilisation
between 'local' and 'family' history, he joined
the Upper Ards Historical Society, based in Portaferry.
He is currently Editor of the Journal of that Society.
He is particularly interested in the links between
Scotland and Ulster.
Having carried out
genealogical, probate and adoption research on a
professional basis for six years, Robert applied
for membership of APGI in 2003 and was admitted.
In June 2003 he joined the team of APGI members
who provide the Genealogy Advisory Service at the
National Library and National Archives in Dublin.
For preference and expediency, his professional
research tends to cover the province of Ulster as
he regularly researches in the Belfast record repositories.
However, he has undertaken many probate, adoption
and genealogical enquiries that have connections
in other parts of Ireland and further afield. Consequently,
he is familiar with the main repositories in Dublin
and London. He represents APGI on the PRONI (Public
Record Office of Northern Ireland) Forum and the
Belfast GRO (General Register Office) Users Group.
most professional genealogists, much of his time
is spent on voluntary work in the family history
area. He is currently NIFHS representative for the
Federation of Family History Societies and one of
the two NIFHS representatives on the Council of
Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO). He served
as CIGO Chairman from 2002 to 2003 and is currently
CIGO's Executive Liaison Officer for Northern Ireland.
Having served as Secretary to APGI for a 3 year term from 2005 to 2007, Robert was re-appointed to the APGI Council at the 2010 AGM.
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