Diploma in Family History – Genealogy

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This diploma is being delivered in conjunction with Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) [formerly the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI)].

Accredited Genealogists Ireland which was founded in 1986, acts as a regulating body to maintain high standards amongst its members and to protect the interests of clients.

AGI covers the island of Ireland. Membership is granted only after an applicant’s quality of work is approved by an independent Board of Assessors. In addition, members are bound to AGI’s Code of Practice.

The ongoing involvement of individual members in lecturing and publishing maintains AGI’s position at the forefront of genealogical developments in Ireland.

Genealogy (or family history research) has long been a growing leisure activity internationally. Recent years have seen a marked increase in its popularity among Irish people. Television programmes, internet databases and DNA testing have brought increased awareness of this quest for personal and cultural identity.

Meet the Lecturer

Paul Gorry
Paul has been working in genealogy for over 30 years. He was a founder member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI).

He was honorary organiser of the Irish Genealogical Congress, which ran four international conferences focused on Irish family history between 1991 and 2001. With Maire Mac Conghail he is author of “Tracing Irish Ancestors” (HarperCollins, Glasgow, 1997). He also wrote a local history, “Baltinglass Chronicles, 1851-2001″ (Nonsuch, Dublin, 2006). Paul has written extensively for such periodicals as “Family Tree Magazine” and “Irish Roots”, as well as lecturing on various aspects of Irish genealogy.

  • Beginning Irish genealogical research – family records and family stories as sources
  • Understanding administrative divisions of Ireland Introduction to the record repositories
  • Introduction to on-line research materials
  • Avoiding the pitfalls Research skills, with practical application to the various classes of records – vital records, census returns, church records, land records, probate records, etc.
  • Application of oral history, folklore and local history
  • Sources for the Irish who went abroad
  • Record-keeping – including citation, family tree formats and writing family history Orientation trips to two record repositories

What We Offer

Like all research-based activities, genealogy demands a familiarity with records and the skills to extract relevant details from them. It requires the ability to differentiate between sourced and un-sourced material, and between facts and probabilities. This course will provide an introduction to the records, research skills and record-keeping involved in this fascinating discipline.

This course is suitable for anyone beginning to explore family history research, whether as a hobby or with a view to developing a career in the field. The records and skills would also be applicable to those interested in local or house history.

Part Time: €895

Contact Details

The Admissions Office:
Phone:+353 1 6355800
E-mail: admissions@independentcolleges.ie