North of Ireland Family History Society

NIFHS Research Centre

Location | Directions | Opening Hours |
Using the Research Centre | Irish Section Look-ups | Library List | Other Material


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


An illustrated location guide is available.

By Car

From the Shore Road (A2) / Longwood Road Junction – drive up Longwood Road to roundabout at the top, take the second exit on to Church Road (for Valley Leisure Centre), pass the Valley Leisure Centre entrance on left, continue to Valley Business Centre on right hand side (1.4 miles total).

By Bus

Use Translink Metro Service 2D (Monkstown) from Upper Queen Street, Belfast to Valley Leisure Centre. Departures are usually at 20 minutes and 50 minutes past the hour - journey time 25 minutes. Alight at the stop for the Valley Leisure Centre on Church Road, walk uphill for 600 yards, to Valley Business Centre on right hand side.

By Rail

Via Whiteabbey Station (NIR2 Larne Line) or Mossley West Station (NIR3 L/Derry Line) - a prearranged taxi needed as there is no taxi rank at station.

Via Yorkgate Station - turn right from station, use the pedestrian crossing to St. Paul's Church on York Road - take Translink Metro Service 2D (Monkstown).

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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.
  Otherwise: only by prior arrangement - contact via email to

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

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

* NB. HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS: normally the Office is closed in weeks containing Easter, Christmas, New Year. At holiday seasons, before you visit, check by emailing

Using the Research CentreThe Research Centre is staffed by members of local branches who have volunteered to help users. Use of the Research Centre is open to all - members and non-member visitors. Both are welcome. Members and visitors are asked to sign in and out of the premises.  A small voluntary donation is asked of non-members.

It is always advisable to check ahead of a visit. Enquiries by e-mail should sent to, or by post to the address here.

It is possible to arrange visits outside the normal openining 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.

For a layout plan of the Research Centre 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 2015)

- 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 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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