The annual Genealogy Open Day and Annual General Meeting of the Society took place on Saturday, 6th May at the Abbey Centre, Great Smith Street, London, in the shadow of Westminster Abbey.
A full house gathered to hear the two morning speakers, Steven Smyrl, Chairman of the Society, and Nicola Morris, both leading members of Accredited Genealogists Ireland. Steven spoke first on Irish court records and what survived 1922. Nicola spoke afterwards on finding the Irish in British and Irish military records.
After lunch the Annual General Meeting was held, where officers of the Society delivered their usual reports. The meeting was presided over by Vice-President Roz McCutcheon. The chairman of the Society, Steven Smyrl, delivered an overview of the previous twelve months and thanked all those who had served on Council. He particularly thanked Joanna Fennell who recently stood down from Council after several years’ service. He recalled the various events held last year to mark the Society’s 80th anniversary and highlighted too that 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Ireland Branch.
A minute’s silence was held to remember those members of the Society who had died since last year’s AGM, and in particular Sir David Goodall, former president of the Society, Walter Curley, an IGRS vice-president, and most recently, Terence Punch, an IGRS Fellow and member of longstanding.
After the AGM two “Flash Talks” of just 15 minutes length were given, the first by Claire Bradley, who demonstrated updates to the Society’s website (which will be launched soon); and the second by Jill Williams, who highlighted various aspects of using the Irish civil records of birth, death and marriage on the irishgenealogy.ie website.
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