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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 a Code of Practice and 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

Vice Presidents

Dr Nick Barratt
Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald


Ian Waller - Chairman
Hilary Clare - Vice Chairman
Angela Aldam
Karen Cummings
John Fowler
Rosemary Morgan
Geoff Swinfield
Chris Wibberley


Kirsty Wilkinson


Mike Trenchard