The regional “Gold Medallists” in Anglo-Celtic Connections “Rockstar Genealogists” Awards for 2014 have been announced and the winner of the Gold Award for Ireland was named as Steven Smyrl, FIGRS, MAPGI.
Steven is Chairman of the IGRS and President of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI). The annual poll is conducted by Blogger John D. Reid of Ottawa, Canada, for his Anglo-Celtic-Connections blog. The regional medallists are those receiving the most votes cast by those living in the specified countries / areas. This year Awards were announced for Australasia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and US, along with a DNA category.
The runner-up medallists for Ireland were named as Claire Santry (Silver), who runs the widely read and highly informative Irish Genealogy News blog, and John Grenham (Bronze), genealogy author and lecturer.
All three medallists are Fellows of the IGRS, and John and Steven are members of APGI.
With reference to the Award, here is what APGI said about Steven on its Facebook page:
“Steven Smyrl, as well as being one of the world’s most knowledgeable genealogists and an internationally respected legal and probate genealogical researcher, is well known for his voluntary work within family history circles. Currently he is President of APGI and Chairman of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. He has been Chairman of the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO) and he is generally acknowledged as the driving force behind that body. His “Dictionary of Dublin Dissent – Dublin’s Protestant Dissenting Meeting Houses 1660-1920”, published in 2009, was a major contribution to the study of Non-Conformist congregations, while the television series Dead Money, first broadcast on RTE in 2012, was based exclusively on probate research undertaken by his firm. It featured Steven and his brother Kit Smyrl as they located relatives of persons who had died intestate and without any known next-of-kin.”