Linda Clayton, MAPGI, becomes 91st Fellow of the IGRS

Linda ClaytonThe Irish Genealogical Research Society is pleased to announce that its Council has elected Linda Clayton, MAPGI, to the Society’s Fellowship in recognition of the outstanding contribution she has made to the IGRS over the past fifteen years.

The Society has been in existence since 1936, but in its 78-year history only 90 other individuals have been awarded the Fellowship. The list of Fellows includes the names of many well-known and high profile genealogists who have contributed much to the study of Irish genealogy in terms of time, resources and knowledge.

Linda Clayton has been involved in genealogy since the mid-1990s. Having completed the course taught by Sean Murphy at University College Dublin, she was awarded a Certificate in Genealogy in 1999. Her involvement with the IGRS began the same year. Shortly after joining she became Hon. Secretary to its Ireland Branch. She has serving in that position ever since, with the exception of 2005-2007. Since 2009 she has been a member of the Council of the overall society.

For many years Linda has been the public face of the Ireland Branch. She has allowed her role as Hon. Sec. to extend beyond convening meetings, taking and writing up minutes, and following and implementing decisions. Often she has to track down perspective speakers, compile hand-outs and copy them, find venues, and sometimes do most of the organising of the annual summer outing.

Outside of the IGRS, Linda also serves as Hon. Secretary of the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations and works full-time as a probate genealogist, being an accredited Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland. This busy woman is very deserving of election to the Fellowship.

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