The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) has two types of paid Membership –  Branch and Associate – both with a range of Benefits.  The subscriptions paid are treated as donations made to the Society, a registered charity in Northern Ireland, for the advancement of its objects.  Council may confer Honorary Membership upon those Branch or Associate Members who have made an outstanding contribution to the Objects of the Society.

Branch Membership

This is for those who wish to attend meetings regularly at one of the Branches as well as enjoy the other Benefits – to join just attend any meeting of the most convenient Branch – click on the map on the Branches page to see where they are and see the Events Calendar to see what is on – and introduce yourself to the person chairing the meeting – you will be made welcome.

Each Branch decides and collects its own annual subscription. This is composed of two parts – one is the capitation fee set by Council, the other part covers the costs of the Branch, principally room rental and speakers’ honoraria.  The Branch year runs from 1st September to 31st August.  The subscription varies from Branch to Branch and it is shown on the Branch’s page.

NIFHS - We are looking for our roots. Come and join us.

NIFHS – We are looking for our roots. Come and join us.

To join or renew as a Branch Member Online

Want to Renew?
The Renewal Forms for the new season are being sent out shortly to current members. However, the Coronavirus Emergency restrictions and precautions mean that the monthly Branch Meetings where the forms and payments are usually handed in cannot take place.
So how can membership be renewed?

  • Do it Online. A new option this year from participating* Branches.
    Fill in a form and then pay by debit/credit card via PayPal.
    If you want to take the online option – go to the Online Branch Membership Form.
  • “Form & Cheque by Post” to the Branch Treasurer.

Whichever option you choose we look forward to you being with us this year.

Want to Join?
No need to worry about Renewal Forms.
Go to the Online Branch Membership Form.

We look forward to you joining with us this year.


* The participating Branches are: Ballymena, Belfast, Causeway, Killyleagh, Larne, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, South Tyrone, Tyrone.

Form & Cheque by Post

For Foyle and North Armagh Branches
Ask for the appropriate Application Form from the Branch. Email the Branch Secretary – see Contacts or the Branch’s page for the Branch’s email address.
A “paper” Branch Membership application or renewal cannot be processed online.
The completed form and payment must be sent to the Branch Treasurer.

Joint Branch Membership is available for two Members who live at the same address.  Together they pay less than twice the annual subscription but receive only one copy of each issue of the Journal between them.  The subscription varies from Branch to Branch and it is shown on the Branch’s page.

Associate Membership

This is for those, typically living far away, who do not attend meetings but who wish to enjoy the other Benefits.  The annual subscription is set each year by Council.  The Associate Membership year runs for a calendar year from 1st January to 31st December.

For more details go the the Associate Membership page.

To contact the Society’s Membership Secretary see Contacts.