Types of Membership
The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) has two types of paid Membership – Branch and Associate – 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 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 and is £18 for the current year. The Society does not use Standing Order, Direct Debit or Recurring Payment as methods of payment.
The Associate Membership year 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 Applications and Renewals for the next calendar year are normally accepted online from mid-November shortly after the publication of the autumn edition of the Journal.
To join or renew as an Associate Member
ONLINE – Go to the Associate Membership Application page and submit your application online using a PayPal account or a credit/debit card.
(This is the recommended method for joining/renewing as it saves you the postage cost and allows your application to be processed more quickly.)
POSTAL – 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.
Branch Membership is for those who wish to attend meetings regularly at one of the Branches as well as enjoy the other Benefits of Membership – to join just attend any meeting of the most convenient Branch. For more details go to the Branch Membership information.
To join or renew as a Branch Member
This can be done in one or two ways – go to the Membership page for more details.