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Monday, 16 May 2016

AGI marks its 30th anniversary at the Four Courts

AGI president Máire Mac Conghail announced
a new alliance with the Association of Scottish 
Genealogists & Researchers in Archives (ASGRA)
Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) celebrated its 30th Anniversary on Friday with a reception held in the Reading Room of the former Public Record Office in Dublin. Part of the Four Courts building, the venue is now the Court of Appeal.

As well as marking this worthy milestone, the organisation formally announced a new alliance with the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (ASGRA). This new partnership will be further cemented when members of ASGRA join AGI in Belfast in September with two days of lectures and visits to some of the city's repositories and archives.

AGI (formerly the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland) was founded on 13 May 1986 in Belfast. It was formed to represent professional genealogists across the island of Ireland. It is the only accrediting body for genealogy in Ireland and works to maintain high standards in professional genealogy throughout the whole island.

Originally named the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI), the organisation changed its name last year to Accredited Genealogists Ireland to more accurately reflect its role and status in regulating professional genealogy in Ireland. There are over 30 accredited members as well as a number of affiliates, associate members, emeritus members and fellows.

Speaking at the reception in the Four Courts, AGI president Máire Mac Conghail said “AGI’s horizons continue to evolve in particular with regard to maintaining the professional standards and skills of its members, together with protecting the interests of their clients.”