Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event, April 2024

ASGRA were delighted to host the joint 2024 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event this April with AGI – Accredited Genealogists Ireland, starting with a reception held at YOTEL Edinburgh on the 17th April 2024 where we spent the evening catching up with acquaintances and meeting new members.

ASGRA and AGI members
getting acquainted.

AGI member Paul Gorry and
ASGRA member Paulin McQuade.

ASGRA member’s Val Wilson,
Janet Bishop and AGI member
Anne-Marie Smith.

On Thursday the 18 April 2024 we had an amazing day visiting the National Library of Scotland where we had a captivating talk from Robbie Mitchell, reference assistant from the library and enquiry reference service. We then had a tour of the Library, microfiche room and the repositories of books shelved in their archives.

ASGRA and AGI members
enjoying Rob’s talk on the
National Library of Scotland.
Rob explaining the use of the
National Library of Scotland’s Microfiche Readers.

The second part of our CPD event on the morning of Thursday 18 April 2024 ASGRA and AGI members then visited St Giles Cathedral where ASGRA members Val Wilson who volunteers as a tour guide took us on a tour of the Cathedral, followed by ASGRA member Lorna Kinnaird who explained Scottish Heraldry to our group and then took us on a tour of the Thistle Chapel.

Val Wilson, ASGRA member and tour guide of St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh explaining the various aspects of the Catheddal.
AGI member’s Anne-Marie Smith
and Joan Sharkey enjoying Val’s Talk.
ASGRA member Lorna Kinnaird explaining Scottish Heraldry at
the Thistle Chapel.

Finaly, ASGRA and AGI members visited the City Chamber Archives where their archivists explained the records they hold for the city of Edinburgh followed by a tour of their vault’s where the archives are stored.

City Chamber Archive Vaults.
Letter and Seal held at the City Chamber Archives

On Friday the 19th April, ASGRA and AGI members visited the Scottish Genealogy Society where ASGRA member Pauline McQuade and librarian Moira explained how the society obtained their collections of genealogical and Scotland based resources.

Our final tour of the week was a visit to Greyfriars Kirk, the churchyard where Greyfriars Bobby is notorious for guarding his masters grave and where Greyfriars Bobby himself was buried.

This lovely church and grave yard are also know to Harry Potter fans as the source of many characters names which were sourced by J K Rowling when she lived close by whilst writing her first Harry Potter novel.

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