About the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA)
AGRA was founded in 1968 to maintain and promote professional conduct in the field of genealogy and historical research. Members agree to abide by aand AGRA welcomes those who can attain the highest standards. There is also a complaints procedure to safeguard both Members and Clients.
Applicants for Membership will usually have had two years full-time or the equivalent part-time experience in paid research. Alternatively, they may hold a relevant qualification in a related discipline. Associate status was introduced in 1991 to help those who are relatively new to the genealogical and record searching profession to attain the highest possible standards. Unlike Members, they have not yet been required to prove their professional competence.
An elected Council meets around five times a year to ensure the smooth running of AGRA and a quarterly Newsletter is circulated. There is also an online forum for members to communicate and exchange ideas.
Patric Dickinson, LVO, Clarenceux King of Arms
Dr Nick Barratt
Oliver Morley, CEO of The National Archives
Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald
Ian Waller - Chairman
Hilary Clare - Vice Chairman