Course Overview

This Diploma Course covers advanced topics of Irish genealogy and allows students to build on the knowledge they have acquired on the City Colleges Foundation Family History Course. It is also suitable for those who already have a strong grounding in Irish genealogical research and wish to cover some of the more challenging resources available.

It will be strongly geared to the potential professional researcher and will have an emphasis on professional report writing.

Each lecture is delivered by a member of Accredited Genealogists Ireland who is an expert in the field of research in question and students are supported in their learning with weekly tutorial sessions.

Course Modules

This diploma course is being delivered by Members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI)

Outline of Advanced Course

  • Week 1: Revision of Civil Registration, Census, Church Records, and Land Records and report writing.
  • Week 2: Estate Records & Registry of Deeds Records
  • Week 3: DNA double lecture covering the science behind DNA analysis and how it is used for genealogical research.
  • Week 4: Military – Irish, British, American
  • Week 5: Church Records Religion: COI (advanced), Non-Conformist, Quaker
  • Week: 6: Wills and Testamentary – two lectures divided between early wills and testamentary records including wills in the ROD and the substitutes used for what was destroyed in 1922, followed by more recent wills (post 1857 and post 1900), what survives and how to navigate the collections and obtain copies.
  • Week 8: Report Writing – workshops and detailed lecture on report writing and research methods
  • Week 9: Overseas/International Research (advanced level)
  • Week 10: Repository Visit: Repeat visit to examine additional sources to be substituted with online lecture on CSORP & Parliamentary papers.



Course Award

City Colleges Diploma


Assessment – Selected homework tasks will be given through the course and will be worth 40% of grade. A written assignment tracing a family in the records covered on the course will be due at week 10 and will be worth 60% of grade.



Sandra Doble, MAGI, has been a Member of AGI since 2015, having been an
Affiliate from 2013. Previously she had worked in accountancy, having qualified as
a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Having worked
for over fifteen years in auditing and as a finance manager, she decided to turn to
her true passion of genealogy and pursue it professionally. She successfully
completed a diploma course in Family History / Genealogy and about the same
time set up her own business. She is part of the AGI team that operates the
Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Archives. Research on Church of
Ireland families is one of her particular interests.


Sandy O’Byrne, MAGI, has been a Member of AGI since 2017, having been an
Affiliate from 2014. Prior to working in ancestral research she was a journalist and
features writer, covering particularly food, wine, travel and books. She also wrote
three books and was a part-time lecturer. She had graduated from Trinity College
Dublin with an Honours B.A. in History of Art and English, specialising in the
eighteenth century Irish country house. Family history had always interested her
and she began exploring her own ancestry. This resulted in tracing one line back
to William the Conqueror. Having successfully completed a diploma course in
Family History / Genealogy in 2012, she decided to work full-time in genealogy.



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