Inform your understanding of the past.


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(Instalment Price: €1095)

Starts: 2023

10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30 pm GMT

An interest in ancestral research can be a long-term hobby that enriches your life and informs your understanding of the past.  This Professional Certificate course is the first step in a journey of self-fulfillment, whether the student is looking for structured learning or a pathway towards a new career.

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 diploma course provides an introduction to the records and research skills that can be built on through practical experience.

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.

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

  • Week 1 – Introduction to Irish Genealogy & Overview of Online Sources.
  • Week 2 – Civil records of birth, marriage and death. Double lecture to include workshops.
  • Week 3 – Census records. Double session to include census substitutes and workshops.
  • Week 4 – Church records – Roman Catholic & Church of Ireland registers & records.
  • Week 5 – Introduction to Land records – Griffith’s Valuation and Tithe Applotment Books. Lectures to include workshops.
  • Week 6 – Advanced Land records – Rates Revisions Books and mapping in Ireland.
  • Week 7 – Report writing
  • Week 8 – Newspaper Records and a three mini-lecture set covering school records, burial records and Poor law Records.
  • Week 9 – Repository Visit for Leinster based students. Online lectures about repositories for students who cannot visit Dublin.
  • Week 10 – Occupational Records and International Research.

See detailed weekly content here

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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