Belfast Branch


In the new 2016-17 Programme Year, Belfast Branch will meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7.30 p.m. from September to May.


Meetings are held in the C. S. Lewis Room, Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT.

Belfast Branch usually meets on
the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
from September to May.

Annual Subscription

for the year 1st September 2016 to 31st August 2017

  • £24 for Single Membership
  • £32 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address)

Guests and visitors are welcome to attend meetings without charge.

Officers 2017-2018

  • Chairperson: Michael Parkinson
  • Secretary: Christine McCurry – E-mail:
  • Treasurer: Alastair Gray


Tuesday 27 September 2016
Introducing the Society and Branch – The Chairman
Heritage Services: “What can LibrariesNI offer the Family Historian?” – Catherine Morrow

Tuesday 4 October 2016
Visit to the Central Library Heritage Services – 2nd Floor at 2.30 p.m.

Tuesday 25 October 2016
Register of Family Names being researched by the Branch – Alan Hyndman
“A Beginner’s Guide to DNA” – Martin McDowell

Tuesday 1 November 2016
Visit to the NIFHS Research Centre, C4, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey at 7 p.m.

Tuesday 22 November 2016
EPIC Ireland Exhibition (Dublin) – Noel Jenkins
Quaker House, Dublin: “Quaker Records” – Noel Jenkins

Tuesday 29 November 2016
Visit to PRONI (time to be arranged)

Tuesday 20 December 2016
Christmas Party (N.B. Please note this is the 3rd Tuesday)

Tuesday 24 January 2017
Ask the Expert
“Estate Records for the Family Historian” – Valerie Adams, Librarian, PHSI

Tuesday 28 February 2017
Introduction to the Ulster Historical Foundation – Dr William Roulston
“Pre 1800  Records for Researching Ancestors” – Dr William Roulston

Tuesday 7 March 2017
Visit to the Ulster Historical Foundation, The Corn Exchange Building, 31 Gordon Street (time to be arranged)

Tuesday 28 March 2017
Arrangements for the visit to EPIC Ireland – Christine McCurry
“A Visit to the Somme and the Ypres Salient” – Alan Hyndman

Saturday 8 April 2017
Visit to EPIC Ireland, Dublin

Tuesday 25 April 2017
Annual General Meeting
“Great Houses of Belfast and their Families” – Roger Dixon, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Tuesday 2 May 2017
Visit to the Presbyterian Historical Society (time to be arranged)

Tuesday 23 May 2017
Dabbling with Facebook – Anne Johnston
“Milltown Cemetery” – Tom Hartley

Saturday 24 June 2017
Summer Outing by coach to the Ulster American Folk Park and Mellon Centre for Migration Studies. Evening meal in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh
Book before Thursday 7 June