DNA School Booking Now Open!

We are very pleased to announce that booking is now open for our online DNA School this September! Enhance your knowledge of DNA research and make the whole subject more understandable.

You can book the entire event at a discount or book individual classes to suit you through our courses page.

Lighthouses All Around Ireland – Foyle Branch virtual meeting

The talk at the next Foyle Branch meeting will be given by Dr Gordon Millington, retired civil engineer and keen sailor.

In the days when all travel and cargo beyond these shores involved ships and boats, safe navigation became a priority. Lighthouses were built and operated in mostly remote, rugged locations which was quite a feat.

Dr Millington will talk about the history, construction & operation of lighthouses around this island.

7pm (BST), Monday 5th July. Please email: to apply. Open to all. If you are a member of NIFHS, please state your membership number and branch. For everyone joining us, we’d love to know where you are zooming in from.

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Check our calendar regularly to find out about upcoming events.
More DNA School info will be out soon!

Re-opening of NIFHS Shop

We are pleased to announce the re-opening of the NIFHS Shop for the sale of most of the items in our catalogue.

Orders will be posted on a “once a week” basis to minimise travel and social mixing at post offices. This will lengthen delivery times.


The Islandmagee DNA Project

Do you have any ancestors from Islandmagee or do you know anyone who does? If so then we would love you to get involved in our latest research project

The aim of the Islandmagee DNA Project is to explore the connections between people who are the descendants of those who lived in the historic North of Ireland parish of Islandmagee in County Antrim, which has strong Scottish and some English connections and a number of families that have lived in the district for generations. By testing people with known connections to the original families we will be able to confirm connections going back many generations, in many instances going beyond paper records.

We are working with the local community and have gathered together a team with a lot of experience in carrying out family history research and interpreting DNA test results which will analyze the results and handle queries from matches. The project will allow individuals around the world to identify that they have ancestors from Islandmagee with benefits for tourism, increasing community cohesiveness, and benefiting generations to come as information is identified and made available for further research.

View the Islandmagee DNA Group Project on WikiTree.

View the Islandmagee DNA Project on FamilyTree DNA..

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Support the Islandmagee DNA Project

Go to the General Fund Group Contribution page on the FamilyTreeDNA website for details. Select the project:

New Resources: Tynan Indentures

Mr Kevin Doyle has kindly sent the Society a collection of 36 late 18th and early 19th century leases of farmland relating to part of Tynan parish in County Armagh.  For the most part the townlands of Drumgose, Skerries and Feigh/Fife are represented.  All were held by the Johnston family of Woodpark, Caledon manor.  He points out that these “fusty old documents” are almost a census substitute for that little “hook” of Armagh that borders Tyrone and Monaghan for the years covered; even adjoining tenants are shown where maps are attached.

Together with the lessors, Johnston or Johnstone, the attorney and his sons, Mitchell, and the surveyors, Fleming, the lessees are Callaghan, Carrole, Connolly, Donaldson, Duffy, Flanagan or Flanigan, Frackleton, Graham, Hughes, Kelly, McCann, McCarney, McCarron or McCoran, McElgrew, McEnally, McNaghten, Moan, Molloy and Traynor.

The indentures have been scanned by the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at the Queen’s University of Belfast as part of our NIFHS@40 Anniversary Projects.