Research Centre

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The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) has a well stocked Research Centre at Unit C4 in the Valley Business Centre in Newtownabbey.  The Valley Business Centre has a free car park and there is a café on the site.  The normal Opening Hours of the Research Centre are Tuesday 2:00pm to 8:00pm, excepting Christmas, New Year, Easter and July.  It can be opened at other times or booked for meetings by arrangement with the Research Centre Bookings Officer – see Contacts.

For details about how to get to the Research Centre see the Location & Directions page.

Additional Opening Hours

The Research Centre will be open for research from 10.30am to 1.00pm on the following Thursdays (3rd in month) –
15 September 2016 , 20 October, 17 November, 15 December,
19 January 2017, 16 February, 16 March, 20 April, 18 May and 15 June


The Research Centre consists of the following rooms – with the links to their content holdings in Resources.

  • The Entrance has three steps but there is a wheelchair ramp that can be placed over them and cars may, if necessary, be driven to the door.
  • The Reception Area has racks of brochures and an A3 colour photocopier/printer/scanner.  Members and visitors are asked to sign in and out.  A small voluntary donation is asked of non-members.
  • The Randal Gill Library holds an extensive collection of Irish Section Books and Records (including indexed transcriptions, some of which are online).  For Members who cannot visit the Library there is a free Look Up Service.
  • The Irish Journal Room holds runs of more than 50 Journals, mainly of family history or local history societies from the North of Ireland, and a number of other family history Periodicals.  It also has the Society’s Newsletters and the 41 volumes of Ordnance Survey Memoirs.
  • The Map Room has an almost complete set of 6 inches to the mile Maps of Northern Ireland plus a good selection of other maps.  It has a good range of Directories and a small set of books about Other Countries and a reader for the Microfiches.
  • The Honneyman Room is a lecture theatre offering a programme of Courses for family historians.
  • The Office is equipped with computers with a collection of genealogical CDs & DVDs and free Wi-Fi is available.  One of the computers has free access to FindMyPast’s worldwide collection of records and newspapers.

See Speakers & Stalls if you would like a speaker or if you would like a Family History stall at an event. The regularly updated Library List has a full list of items and an explanation of the shelfmarks for finding material. See our online Shop for Books, Booklets, CDs and Journals for sale.


Plan of the NIFHS Research Centre at Newtownabbey