NIFHS Branches

The NIFHS has ten Branches in the North of Ireland.

Activities

In normal times each Branch generally meets once a month, from September to May, for a talk, a workshop or a visit to a record repository or other place of interest. Some Branches produce newsletters for their Members and many undertake projects – to transcribe and index records for example. They sometimes organise social events or summer outings. Most Branches have a presence on social media channels.
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Click or tap on the Branch name in these Branches Tabs for the details about a particular Branch.
Branches may be contacted through their Secretaries at the following email addresses:
Ballymena
Belfast
Causeway C & G
Foyle
Killyleagh
Larne
Lisburn
Newtownabbey
South Tyrone
Tyrone

Ballymena Branch Meetings

When?

Ballymena Branch usually meets on the last Thursday of the month at 7:15 p.m. from September to May.

Where?

Meetings are normally held in Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ.

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Officers & Trustees 2022-23

  • Chairperson: Brian O’Hara
  • Secretary: Patricia Cummings – Email: Ballymena@nifhs.org
  • Treasurer: Alan Rosborough

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Ballymena Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023

  • £25 for Single Membership
  • £30 for Joint Membership
    (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

Join Branch or Renew Membership

 

Programme 2022-23


 

Social Media

Ballymena Branch has a Facebook Closed Group.

Belfast Branch Meetings

When?

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

Where?

Meetings are normally held in the Holywood Arches Library, Holywood Road, Belfast.

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Officers & Trustees 2022-23

  • Chairperson: Arthur Macartney
  • Secretary: Robert Ringrow – Email: Belfast@nifhs.org
  • Treasurer: Margaret Armstrong

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Belfast Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023

  • £22 for Single Membership
  • £30 for Joint Membership
    (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

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Programme 2022-23


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Past Events


Social Media

Belfast Branch has a Facebook Private Group. Belfast Facebook Private Group
Over 200 participants from near and far. Someone in the Group may have an answer to your research question. For details see the About details on the Group Page.

Causeway C&G Branch Meetings

When?

Meetings are usually held  on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm from September to May.

Where?

Meetings are normally held in the Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Road, Coleraine.

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Officers & Trustees 2022-23

  • Chairperson: Elwyn Soutter
  • Secretary:  Email: Causeway@nifhs.org
  • Treasurer: Andrew Kane

Branch website: www.causewayfhs.org.uk
Branch webmaster : contact via Causeway@nifhs.org

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Causeway Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023

  • £20 for Single Membership
  • £30 for Joint Membership
    (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

Join Branch or Renew Membership

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Programme 2022-23


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Social Media

Causeway Branch hosts a Facebook Page and a Closed Facebook Group.

 

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Foyle Branch Meetings

When?

Foyle Branch usually meets on the first available Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. from October to May.

Where?

Meetings are normally held in the Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library, 35 Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 6AL.

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Officers & Trustees 2022-23

  • Chairperson: Gerard Harvey
  • Secretary: Nuala McGee – Email: Foyle@nifhs.org
  • Treasurer: Elaine Doherty

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Foyle Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023

  • £16 for Single Membership
  • £22 for Joint Membership
    (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

Join Branch or Renew Membership

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Programme 2022-23


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Past Events


Killyleagh Branch Meetings

When?

Killyleagh Branch usually meets on the first Monday of the month at 8:00 p.m. from October to May. The September meeting takes the form of an Outing.

Where?

Meetings are usually held in the Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, BT30 9QF.

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Officers & Trustees 2022-23

Publications

Book - The McIlrath LettersThe Branch has produced a book based on its research activities: The McIlrath Letters which is available to buy:

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Killyleagh Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023

  • £16 for Single Membership
  • £22 for Joint Membership
    (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

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Programme 2022-23


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Past Events


Social Media

The Branch has a Facebook Page.

Larne Branch Meetings

When?

Larne Branch usually meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:15 p.m. from September to May.

Where?

 Meetings in the 2022-23 year are held in Larne Museum and Arts Centre, 2 Victoria Road, Larne, BT40 1RN.

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Officers & Trustees 2022-23

  • Chairperson: vacant
  • Secretary: Glenyss Glass  Email: Larne@nifhs.org
  • Treasurer: David Simms

Publications

Larne Branch has produced two publications based on its research activities:

These books are usually available to buy:

  • Locally in Larne at The Book Nook.
  • Online through the Shop.

Book - Resting in Larnes Green LandOn Tranquil Land or Stormy Sea Return to Branches Tabs

Larne Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023

  • £22 for Single Membership
  • £30 for Joint Membership
    (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

Join Branch or Renew Membership

 

Programme 2022-23


Social Media

Larne Branch hosts a Closed Facebook Group.

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Lisburn Branch Meetings

When?

Lisburn Branch Zoom meetings take place on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. from September to May.

Where?

Meetings are normally held in the Bridge Community Centre, Railway Street, Lisburn BT28 1XP.

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Photo - Lisburn Bridge Community Centre

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Officers & Trustees 2022-23

  • Chairperson:
  • Secretary:  Email: Lisburn@nifhs.org
  • Treasurer: Trevor Atchison

Social Media

Lisburn Branch has a Facebook Page. Have a look at it to see what’s happening there.

Publications

Lisburn Branch has produced some publications based on its research activities:

Lisburn Parish of Blaris

These are available to buy:

  • Locally in the Branch
  • At the Research Centre C4
  • Online through the Shop

Lisburn Branch Photo Gallery

The 2019 NIFHS AGM

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Lisburn Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023

  • £25 for Single Membership
  • £33 for Joint Membership
    (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

Join Branch or Renew Membership

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Programme 2022-23


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Past Events


Newtownabbey Branch Meetings

When?

Newtownabbey Branch usually meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. from September to May.

Where?

Meetings are normally held in the Drama Theatre, Glengormley High School, 134 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, BT36 5HP.

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Officers & Trustees 2022-23

  • Chairperson: Kathleen Morrison
  • Secretary: Imelda McVeigh – Email: Newtownabbey@nifhs.org
  • Treasurer: Etta Mann

Publications

There are several publications based on research activities in the locality:

These items are available to buy:

  • Online through the Shop.

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Newtownabbey Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023

  • £22 for Single Membership
  • £30 for Joint Membership
    (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

Join Branch or Renew Membership

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Programme 2022-23


Social Media

Newtownabbey Branch hosts a Facebook Page.

South Tyrone Branch Meetings

When?

This Branch normally meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 8:00 pm from September to May.

Where?

Meetings are normally held in the Killymaddy Centre, 190 Ballygawley Road, Dungannon BT70 1TF.

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Officers & Trustees 2022-23

  • Chairperson: Angela O’Connor
  • Secretary: Sarah Robinson – Email: SouthTyrone@nifhs.org
  • Treasurer: Leslie Kelly

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South Tyrone Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023

  • £18 for Single Membership
  • £26 for Joint Membership
    (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

Join Branch or Renew Membership

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Programme 2022-23


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Past Events


Social Media

South Tyrone Branch has a Facebook Page. South Tyrone Facebook

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Around the Heather’s Edge

A GEDmatch Project The Co. Tyrone DNA Genealogy Project Around the Heather’s Edge uses DNA genealogy, local knowledge and family tree to build archives of family history research. The project can be joined via GEDmatch ancestor projects. And, while we are primarily interested in the DNA genealogy of the area known historically as The Heather’s Edge, we welcome anyone whose ancestors are known to have come from Co Tyrone. A sense of place is created through our weekly Friday Zoom meetings whereby members are invited to share their stories. See Around the Heather’s Edge on Facebook.

Tyrone Branch meetings

When?

The Branch now meets on the first Tuesday or Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm from September to May. See the Programme for details of Branch Meetings.

Where?

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Officers & Trustees 2022-23

  • Chairperson: Vincent Brogan
  • Secretary: Sheena McClure – Email Tyrone@nifhs.org
  • Treasurer:

Social Media

Tyrone Branch has a Facebook Closed Group at www.facebook.com/groups/omaghfhs/

Publications

Tyrone Branch has produced two publications based on its research activities:

which are available to buy locally from the Branch or online through the Shop. Return to Branches Tabs

Tyrone Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2022 to 31st August 2023

  • £20 for Single Membership
  • £25 for Joint Membership
    (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

Join Branch or Renew Membership

 

Programme 2022-23


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Past Events


The Branch Membership year runs for the 12 months from 1st September to 31st August. The majority of talks and outings arranged by Branches take place by mid June. The period from June to August may be regarded as the “low season”.  Enrolment for the following Branch year usually opens in July.

Joining

To join a Branch, please check our Membership page.