Types of Membership

The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) has two types of paid Membership – Associate Membership and Branch Membership – both with a range of Benefits of Membership. The Membership fees paid are treated as donations made to the Society, a registered charity, for the advancement of its objects.

Associate Membership

Associate Membership is for those, typically living overseas or far away from a Branch location, who cannot attend meetings but who wish to enjoy the other Benefits of Membership.  The annual membership fee is set each year by Council. The Society does not use Standing Order, Direct Debit or Recurring Payment as methods of payment.

The Associate Membership year at present runs for 12 months from 1st January to 31st December.  If you choose to join part-way through this calendar year, you get the full Benefits of Membership, including two issues of the Journal, for the remainder of the year up to 31st December.

Associate Membership numbers are prefixed with the letter “A”.

To join or renew as an Associate Member

Use the ONLINE Associate Membership Form
Go to the Associate Membership Application form and submit your application online using a credit/debit card or a PayPal account. (This is the recommended method for joining/renewing as it saves you the postage cost and allows your application to be processed more quickly.)

Make a POSTAL Associate Membership Application
Go to the Associate Membership Form,
print it and post it when completed with a Cheque or Bankers Draft in UK Sterling drawn on a UK Bank to the Society.

The Society relies on volunteers to deal with the many areas of its service provision. It has no full-time staff. Membership applications are normally processed on a weekly basis. There may be up to seven days between paying the membership fee through PayPal and the processing of your application. Holiday periods (July and December) may cause longer response times.

If you need to follow-up on an unacknowledged  membership application made more than 7 days ago, check your Spam/Junk mailbox folders, and if an acknowledgement is not found there, contact the Society’s Membership Secretary.