Biennial Competition

Biennial Competition

Biennial Competition

The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) runs a competition every other year for its Members.  Organised by the Belfast Branch for all Members of the Society, it attracts entries from Members around the world.  The purpose of the competition is to encourage people to write up at least part of their family history rather than just construct a family tree.  The entries are assessed by the Officers of the Belfast Branch together with an independent assessor.  Half the marks are awarded for the genealogical content and half for the quality of the writing of the article.  Many of the articles have subsequently been published in the Society’s journal, North Irish Roots.


Biennial Competition 2016 – My Family Odyssey

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My Family Odyssey

Migration has played an important part in the history of many families in the North of Ireland. Through the centuries many people left their homes in the hope of better opportunities in a new land, to escape religious or political persecution or simply in search of adventure.

In researching our family history it is important to understand the challenges and opportunities that migration has presented to our families.

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Biennial Competition 2016

The title of this year’s competition is ‘My Family Odyssey’. Weave a story on this subject which you can share with members of your family, fellow Members of the North of Ireland Family History Society and others by entering the Society’s Biennial Competition for 2016.

The competition is open to all NIFHS Members and the winner will receive £100 with the runners up receiving £60 and £40 which will be presented at the 2016 AGM. Entries are welcome from new Members of the Society. Details of Membership are available.


Previous Competitions

  • 2014:  Occupations in my Family
  • 2012:  Life in my Townland through the Eyes of my Ancestors
  • 2010:  My Eight Great Grandparents
  • 2008:  Memories
  • 2006:  My Family History Research

See more information about these previous competitions.