The North of Ireland Family History Society is a registered charity (NIC106071) with particular reference to the nine counties of Ulster.

Research Centre & Office: Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT36 7LS.
Premises Open: Tuesdays 2pm – 8pm (except in holiday periods) and By Arrangement.

Scottish Records Course

Tuesday 8 May
2.00pm – 4.00pm

This course will explore the main resources for Scottish family history research including census and post-1855 statutory records as well as pre-1855 parish records and land records, along with some lesser known Scottish records.

E-mail to book a place.

JSTOR for NIFHS Members

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Mike McKeag outlines what you can find in the JSTOR Ireland Collection which is provided free of charge to all paid up NIFHS branch and associate members with an email address registered with JSTOR Support.

The Beginner’s Introduction to JSTOR

Read all about it !

How we traced our family tree and unlocked the interesting secrets hidden in our histories.

Also, the Belfast Telegraph’s Your Family Tree supplement, packed with information and tips on how to trace your ancestors.

Read about the recent Back to Our Past at Titanic Belfast event.
View the picture album on Youtube.

NEW – NIFHS Smile & Shop

Do you shop on Amazon UK?
If so, next time use the website instead of
Amazon will then, at no cost to you, pay 0.5% of your purchase price (less VAT etc.) to a charity of your choice.
One of the charities now available is The North of Ireland Family History Society.
Use this full name (as registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland) in the Charitable Organisations search box
and when displayed in the search results list Select this charity name.
Then shop away!
Share this NIFHS Smile & Shop news with your family and friends.

Find out how joining our Society at one of its Branches or with Associate Membership can help your research.

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JSTOR for Members – a free online resource

Your DNA Testing – with a discount

Family Trees – Are your relatives here?

The Autumn 2017 issue of the NIFHS Journal (Volume 28.2) has been published and despatched to Members.  More …

Associate Members are invited to continue their support of the Society by renewing their membership for 2018.

Find out how our Research Centre with its Resources and online Shop can help your family history research.

Research Centre

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The courses for Spring 2018 with their start dates

More details on the Courses page.

Too Late ?

Where a course is marked FULLY BOOKED, e-mail for a place on the waiting list;
if demand is sufficient the course may be repeated.

Join NIFHS for 2018

NIFHS logoAssociate Membership is for those, typically living far away, who do not attend meetings but who wish to enjoy the other Benefits of Membership. To join or renew, go to the Associate Membership page and submit your application online via PayPal (using your PayPal account or a credit/debit card), or post the Associate Membership Form with a Cheque or Bankers Draft in UK Sterling drawn on a UK Bank to the Society.

Branches on Social Media

Some of the NIFHS Branches use social media to extend their contact with those interested in Family History research.  More …

Family Trees

The Society’s collection of Family Trees has now been indexed – are your relatives mentioned there?  Or in the Ancestor Charts?  Or in the Mourning Cards?

About Members-Only Content

The list of Resources available online for NIFHS Members. ­


The All World Edition of Findmypast is now available for Members to use on a new laptop computer in the Research Centre.


List of Contact addresses.

What’s On?

The Calendar includes events planned by the Society and its Branches.  Details may be subject to change. Please confirm details with the organising Branch.

The North of Ireland DNA Project

In taking forward its key objective of fostering an interest in family history with special reference to families who have roots in the North of Ireland and their descendants wherever they may be, the North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) has established a project to use DNA testing as an aid to making genealogical connections within and between families whose roots are in the North of Ireland.  More …