Sandy O’Byrne 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.