The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) has two types of paid Membership, both with a range of Benefits.  An applicant needs to choose either Branch Membership or Associate Membership.  Branch Membership is for those who can attend local meetings.  Associate Membership is those who cannot attend local meetings.

The Council of the Society may confer Honorary Membership upon those Branch or Associate Members who have made an outstanding contribution to the Objects of the Society.

The membership fees paid are treated as donations made to the Society, a registered charity in Northern Ireland, for the advancement of its objects.

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 its own annual membership fees. These are 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 fees varies from Branch to Branch and they are shown on the Branch’s page. The Branch does not use Standing Order, Direct Debit or Recurring Payment methods of payment.

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?

  • Do it Online. A new option this year for all 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 Forms.
  • “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?

We look forward to you joining with us this year.

Form & Cheque by Post

Request a hardcopy Membership Form from the Branch Treasurer:
Give the completed form and payment  to the Branch Treasurer at the Branch meeting or post them to the Branch Treasurer if you are unable to attend.
A “paper” Branch Membership application or renewal cannot be processed online.

Joint Branch Membership is available for two Members who live at the same address applying at the same time.  Together they pay less than twice the annual membership fee but receive only one copy of each issue of the Journal between them.  The fee 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 membership fee is set each year by Council.  The Associate Membership year runs for 12 months from 1st January to 31st December.

For more details go the the Associate Membership page.

To notify the Society’s Membership Secretary about any change of name, postal address, email address, gift aid status, email