Advance Notice of the Society’s London Open Day & AGM

This year’s Open Day and Annual General Meeting is being held on Saturday, 6th May 2017 at  the Abbey Conference Centre. This is just around the corner from Westminster City Archives, where the event was held last year, in the shadow of Westminster Abbey!

For the morning Open Day, this year’s speakers will be prominent professional genealogists, Nicola Morris and Steven Smyrl, both members of the IGRS and Accredited Genealogists Ireland.

The topic that Nicola Morris will speak on is ‘Finding the Irish in the British and Irish Military Records’.nicola-morris

Nicola was born in Kenya, east Africa, to an English father and Irish mother. She draws on a rich family history that can be traced back to the court of Henry VIII, the breweries of Lancashire and farms of Yorkshire to Cork city publicans and a mysterious Italian great great grandmother. She grew up in Dublin city and obtained a degree in History from Trinity College Dublin.

In 2007 Nicola became a director of Timeline Research Ltd. She works very closely with the production company for the BBC programme Who Do You Think You Are? and has researched families for the UK and US series as well as appearing on screen with Jeremy Irons, Graham Norton and Chris Moyles. She has also appeared with John Waters in RTE’s Where Were Your Ancestor’s During the Famine.

The topic that Steven Smyrl will speak on is  ‘Ireland’s Court Records – What Survived 1922?’.

Steven has practiced as a specialist in Irish legal and probate genealogical research for over twenty-five years. In 1992, he founded Massey & King Ltd., which specialises in resolving complicated intestacy estates.

He was admitted to membership of Accredited Genealogists Ireland in 1991 and has served as a Council member since 1992, and as president during the years 2012-2015. He is a founding member of the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO), and the current chairman of Irish Genealogical Research Society.

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Steven is author of Irish Methodists – Where Do I Start? the first in the series ‘Exploring Irish Genealogy’, published by the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations in 1999. Published in 2000, he is also co-author with former AGI member, Eileen Ó Dúill, of number two in the same series, Irish Civil Registration – Where Do I Start? He has published in various journals and is an occasional contributor to Irish newspaper media and radio. He writes a regular column for Irish Roots magazine. In December 2009 his extensive research on the congregations and records of Protestant dissenters in Dublin was published under the title Dictionary of Dublin Dissent – Dublin’s Protestant Dissenting Meeting Houses 1660-1920.

In the spring of 2012 Dead Money, a six part series was shown on Ireland’s main TV channel, RTE, which was based exclusively on probate research undertaken by his firm, Massey and King. Each episode told the story of the search for relatives for a person who had died intestate and without any known next-of-kin.

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