The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland:
APGI – the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland – marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of its founding this year. For the past quarter-century it has been at the forefront of developments in Irish ancestral research and heritage-related developments.
APGI was formed primarily to set standards and protect the interests of both genealogists and their clients. Over the years its role has evolved and broadened. As an active constituent member of CIGO – the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations – APGI is loud among those seeking greater access to genealogical resources for the general public.
Admission to APGI membership is controlled by an independent Board of Assessors made up of individuals knowledgeable about genealogical sources who are not practising professional genealogists. The initials “MAPGI” are used to designate those admitted to membership. As well as conducting research for clients or television documentaries, APGI members may be found working in a range of activities. Many lecture, write articles and guidebooks, provide advice to people conducting their own research, or act as consultants on projects such as digitisation and computerisation of records. Members regularly appear at events like “Who Do You Think You Are ? Live” in London or conferences in the U.S.A..
It is important to remember that APGI is an All-Ireland body. In fact, it was founded in Northern Ireland at a meeting of Belfast genealogists in May 1986. At that time most professional researchers were based, by necessity, within easy reach of the national record repositories in Dublin and Belfast. Today there are members in Clare, Cork, Kerry and Offaly, as well as the greater Dublin and Belfast areas.
APGI was among the organisations that founded CIGO in 1992. Individual members of APGI have done huge amounts of voluntary work in the area of ancestral research through the years. Many were heavily involved in the running of all four international conferences organised by the Irish Genealogical Congress between 1991 and 2001. APGI members have served as officers of various bodies such as the Irish Genealogical Research Society, the North of Ireland Family History Society and the Irish Family History Society. They regularly share their expertise in giving lectures and contributing articles to such organisations.
APGI was represented on the board of the now defunct semi-state organisation Irish Genealogy Ltd.. APGI members have served on the National Archives Advisory Council, the Board of the National Library of Ireland and the Library’s Genealogy and Heraldry Committee. In Belfast, APGI has been represented in the Users’ Groups for both the General Register Office of Northern Ireland and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
One of APGI’s most visible undertakings is the provision of the Genealogy Service on behalf of the National Archives at its premises in Bishop Street, Dublin. Each year this free service guides hundreds of family historians, both overseas visitors and Irish residents, who wish to do their own research, providing them with a strategy for their particular case and giving them time saving tips.
Independent Colleges in Dawson Street, Dublin, has been running 12 week diploma courses in Family History since February 2009. These courses are taught by APGI members. Individual members are engaged in running classes elsewhere as well.
Irish Roots magazine, the only commercially operated genealogical periodical published in Ireland, regularly features contributions from members of APGI.
Last October APGI members were to be found at various stands at the first “Back to Our Past” fair at the RDS in Dublin. APGI is an official supporter of the second fair, to be held in October 2011, and its members will be all out to guarantee the event’s success.
APGI website – www.apgi.ie