North of Ireland Family History Society

NIFHS Research Centre


The Research Centre and the Society office are now located at -

Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland, BT36 7LS

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Opening Hours

Opening Times:
Apart from holiday closures*, the normal opening times are:
  Tuesday: 2.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
  Wednesday: 10.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
  Saturday: only by prior arrangement - text  077 0833 2745 to ask.

* NB. Research Centre Closure Dates: The Research Centre will be closed for the whole month of July.

(Please note that the transcribers' group meets on Wednesdays. The library is busy on that morning and there may be some background noise.)

* NB. HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS: normally the office may be shut in weeks containing Easter, 12th July (usually closed all of July), Christmas etc. It will also be closed on the third Saturday in May each year (which is the Society AGM). At holiday times, before you visit, check by emailing

Using the Research CentreThe Research Centre is staffed by members of local branches who have volunteered to help members. Use of the Research Centre is restricted to branch and associate members. Both are welcome, although it is always advisable to check ahead of a visit. Enquiries by post about accessing the Research Centre should be addressed to the address listed here or by e-mail to the address listed here.

It is possible to arrange visits outside these hours, but as much notice as possible should be given to ensure access. The Research Centre is locked unless a Society member is present.

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Using the Research Centre

The main sections of the books in the Research Centre are Irish Genealogy, Journals and Directories. There are also books on Periodicals, Rest of the World, A5 information books and genealogical CD's.

Each of these main sections are further divided into subdivisions, based on the subject of the material e.g. Church Directories or the title of a periodical e.g. 'The Ancestor' or a series e.g. 'My Ancestors'.

Each item in the Research Centre has a shelfmark/accession number in the format AA999-999, which indicates where the item is shelved.

For an explanation of the shelfmark system and a full list of shelfmarks click here.

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Irish Section Look-ups

To request a Look-up from our Irish books, email

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Library List

Library List (updated as at April 2014)

- in pdf format, click here.

(To view the contents of this pdf file you will need Adobe Reader which allows viewing and printing of PDF files and is available as a no-charge download from Adobe's web site Adobe reader.)

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Other Research Centre Material

Consulting a mapOther material not included in the above sections are the the Society's collection of maps and indexes.

The map collection is stored in the map drawers and comprises virtually a complete set of 6 inches to a mile maps dating from the 1930s to 1950s, and a good selection of the following scales 1:1,250, 1:2,500, 1:10,000 and 1:25,000.

In the Research Centre are indexes for:- Memorial Cards; Family Trees; Ancestor Charts; Lateral Links; Solicitors’ Boxes; Index of Gravestone Inscriptions, Rent Rolls, Hearth Money Rolls, Census etc. found in NIFHS Library Books and Journals.

The Research Centre also holds Genealogical Research Directories from 1985-2005.

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