Joan has been a Member of AGI since 2003. She has been involved in genealogy and local history since the 1980s, when she joined a local group that became the Raheny Heritage Society. In 1998 she received a Diploma in Local History from NUI Maynooth. Undertaking further research on her diploma project resulted in the publication of her book, St. Anne’s: the Story of a Guinness Estate, in 2002. Embarking on a career in family history research, she worked from 1999 to 2002 as a genealogist with American Elderhostel groups visiting Ireland to research their ancestry. Since joining AGI she has worked alongside her colleagues in the Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Archives. She has given many lectures on local and family history.