The North of Ireland Family History Society is a voluntary not-for-profit organisation encouraging an interest in family history with particular reference to the nine counties in the historic Province of Ulster.

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

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

Research Centre

Family History Conference

The Causeway Coast and Glens Branch has organised a 5 day Conference 25-29 September 2017 in Portrush. Discount is available for Early Bird bookings made by Friday 31 March.

Join NIFHS for 2017

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.

About Members-Only Content

The list of Resources available online for NIFHS Members.

Courses – Spring 2017

The new Spring 2017 programme of courses is now available for booking.  These courses are open to both members and non-members and must be booked in advance as the numbers of places are limited.  More details on the Courses page.

Please note extra DNA courses have been added in April and May.



The All World Edition of FindMyPast is now available for Members to use on a computer in the C4 Research Centre Office.

Additional Opening Hours

The Research Centre at C4 is open on the morning of the 3rd Thursday of the month.  More details on the Research Centre page. ­

February 4th – “Family Finder” – 3 Saturday afternoons
February 15th – “Family Finder” – 3 Wednesday evenings
February 20th – “Photo Restoration for Beginners” – 1 Monday evening
February 21st – “Using Newspapers for Family History Research” – 1 Tuesday morning
February 21st – “Family Finder” – 3 Tuesday evenings
February 28th – “Technology for Genealogy” – 1 Tuesday afternoon

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April 29th – “Using Gedmatch” – 1 Saturday afternoon

May 2nd – “Family Finder” – 3 Tuesday evenings

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March 7th – “Land Records” – 1 Tuesday morning and afternoon
March 8th – “Dublin Archives” – 1 Wednesday afternoon PLUS trip to be arranged if there is interest
March 9th – “Starting your Genealogy – Beginner’s Course” – 3 Thursday afternoons
March 14th – “Emigration to Australia and New Zealand” – 1 Tuesday morning
March 14th – “Family History using PowerPoint” – 1 Tuesday afternoon
March 18th – “Using Gedmatch” – 1 Saturday afternoon
March 21st – “Valuation Records” – 1 Tuesday morning & afternoon
March 22nd – “Breaking through Brickwalls” – 2 Wednesday afternoons
March 25th – “Researching Military Ancestors” – 2 Saturday afternoons
March 28th – “Family Tree Maker: Basics and Benefits” – 1 Tuesday morning

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