What is a record agent and why do I need one

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A Record Agent specialises in the research of specific records and/or the holdings of specific archives.

AAGRA, the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents, has accredited record agents around Australia and in New Zealand.

If you cannot get to one of the offices of the National Archives of Australia (http://www.naa.gov.au ) or the State archives or state library and there are records you want to review but they are not on-line, our record agents should be able to help you. They can locate the record and transcribe information or take an image of the file (if permitted).

You can expect that record agents accredited by AAGRA will be familiar with the collections of the archives and state libraries and be able to efficiently locate and retrieve records for you.

The charge for retrieval will differ depending on whether you are able to cite the reference numbers or if you are looking for a more general search of the records held. AAGRA members set their own fees.

You can find a listing of members at:

Victorian Archives Centre North Melbourne: location of the reading room for the Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia Melbourne

Dianne Snowden to present two papers at the 2018 Sydney Genealogy and Heraldry Congress plus paper at 2017 Irish Diaspora Congress

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Dr Dianne Snowden AM, President of AAGRA, will present two papers at the 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry ‘Bridging the Past & Future’ to be held in Sydney in March 2018.

Dianne’s first paper will discuss ‘Becoming a professional genealogist’. Drawing on her experience as a professional genealogist and professional historian over many years, Dianne will discuss the work of a professional genealogist, including the importance of ethical research. She will also discuss the steps required to become a professional genealogist and the benefits of belonging to a recognised organisation such as the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents.

Dianne is a professional historian, heritage consultant and genealogist. She formerly lectured in family history at the University of Tasmania and was instrumental in establishing the online Diploma in Family History.

Dianne’s particular interests include female convicts and their children. She is a founder member of the Female Convicts Research Centre (Tasmania) and is founder and convenor of the Friends of the Orphan Schools. She is proud to have 20 convict ancestors. Dianne was the first Tasmanian to receive the Diploma in Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists (1988).

On a recent trip to Ireland, Dianne caught up with well-known Irish genealogists Paul Gorry and Steven Smyrl of Accredited Genealogists Ireland, AGI (formerly the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland). AGI is an organisation which both represents the interests of people engaged professionally in genealogy and monitors the standard of their work on behalf of their clients. Beyond its functions as an umbrella group/regulating body, it has made positive contributions to many areas of development, championing the record users’ cause with state-run offices. It has worked with the wider genealogical community through the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO). The three shared common experiences and differences between AAGRA and AGI and will continue to meet whenever possible.

Dianne will be back in Dublin to speak at the Global Irish Diaspora Congress on Thursday 17 August. Her subject will be ‘Children on Board: the forgotten children of Irish convicts transported to Van Diemen’s Land’.

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