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. Sandy is also the author of three books and has been a part-time lecturer. Genealogy was always a fascination, begun with research into her own family lines which on one side, extend back to William the Conqueror. Gradually Sandy began to undertake research for family and friends, and a few years ago moved to become a full time genealogist. She holds a Diploma in Family History Research awarded by Independent Colleges in conjunction with APGI (2012).
Brian Mitchell MAPGI has just published Derry-Londonderry: Gateway to a New World. The Story of Emigration from the Foyle by Sail and Stream, (GPC, 2014), a history of departures from the port of Derry-Londonderry between the late 17th century and the year 1939, when the last transatlantic steamer sailed from the port.
Derry is ideally situated at head of the River Foyle, twenty-four miles long and only two miles wide at its head, a configuration that provided sailing vessels with a harbor of refuge. During the age of steam, her westerly situation gave her a monetary advantage with coal-burning vessels.
Brian Mitchell captures the protagonists and milestones of this history in his new, beautifully illustrated tribute to Derry-Londonderry’s place in emigration history. His brief narrative explains Derry’s rise and ultimate decline as a port of embarkation, conveys century by century what persons utilized the port, traces the changes in emigration from the age of sail to the age of steam, and draws attention to individuals like composer Stephen Foster’s great-grandfather, Alexander Foster, who sailed from Derry, and vessels like the Adam Lodge, which sailed from Derry to Australia. Highlighting the book are numerous illustrations that flesh out the Derry story, including passenger notices, sample passenger lists, pictures and photographs of actual vessels and passengers--some of them quite moving--maps, and more. Anyone who has an ancestor known to have sailed from Derry will appreciate having a copy of this book.
Working Towards APGI Accreditation:
How to gain accreditation from the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland
'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 email@example.com to book a place).
A similar event will be held in Belfast later in the year. Depending on interest expressed there may be another information afternoon in Cork or Limerick.
Many people who have gained experience through researching their own family history think of developing a career in genealogy. The transition towards professional research may seem daunting and solitary. Some people may even work in the field for a number of years without realising that there is an approachable organisation of professionals that can offer support and advice. This is APGI.
APGI is the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland. Its primary aims are to maintain high standards amongst its members and to protect the interests of clients. To those ends it provides an accreditation process, operated by an independent Board of Assessors, for professional genealogists throughout the entire island of Ireland.
APGI actively encourages those pursuing professional research to develop their skills and work towards obtaining accreditation. Being an accredited member of APGI, with entitlement to use the initials 'MAPGI', is a guarantee to clients that a genealogist is ethical, knowledgeable and experienced. In 2012 to help membership applicants APGI introduced an Affiliate Programme that offers potential applicants access to contact with members through mentorship, professional development events and social gatherings. Of course, the Affiliate Programme is not a necessary part of the application process.
If you plan to attend the event please contact Nicola Morris (Hon. Secretary) at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 28th April.
Waterford 'Tracing Your Family Tree Course'
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.
The course is suitable for all family history enthusiasts, both beginners and seasoned. You will be shown how to carry out quality research across a wide range of solid genealogical sources. You will begin a family archive and create some wonderful family trees! And all within a friendly and energized environment. To register call WCFE at 051 874053 or email email@example.com
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