CAGI to provide Genealogy Service at the National Archives of Ireland
CAGI - the new Consortium of Accredited Genealogists, Ireland - has won the contract to provide the National Archives of Ireland’s Genealogy Service (GS) for the next twelve months. For the consortium members it is a return to familiar ground, as each worked in the GS during the time it was operated directly by the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI).
Indeed, as well as having unrivalled experience in providing family history advice to the public, the consortium team has the stamp of approval that comes with APGI membership. On the recommendation of an independent board of assessors, APGI provides accreditation for professional genealogists operating throughout Ireland. Admission to membership recognises a high level of in-depth knowledge as well as the vital ingredient of practical experience.
From its establishment in 2003 the Genealogy Service has provided expert advice to visitors at the National Archives in Dublin, free of charge. Each year it has guided thousands of family historians, overseas visitors and Irish residents alike, in doing their own research. It gives them time-saving tips and provided them with a strategy to fit their own particular family. In so doing, it has played a central role in enhancing the research experience for all visitors.
In 2004, in an international survey conducted by the Genealogical Society of Utah – the people behind FamilySearch – the APGI operated Genealogy Service was described as providing ‘the most impressive guidance’ amongst genealogical research facilities worldwide.
On hearing of CAGI’s successful bid, Pamela Bradley MAPGI, a member of the new consortium, said that she was “delighted to be returning to the National Archives. We hope to live up to APGI’s past record of sterling service - one that has contributed in no small way to raising Ireland’s reputation in the world of genealogy.”