Benefits of Membership

Help from the Education & Development Officer

Help from the former Education & Development Officer.

Robinson Library

Visiting Armagh Public Library, built in 1771 by Archbishop Robinson.

Visiting Greyabbey after the AGM

Visiting Greyabbey after an AGM

The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) provides its Members with the following benefits.

  • You may attend Meetings of all of the Branches. The personal interaction at meetings can be invaluable for exchanging information.
  • You receive copies of the Society’s Journal, North Irish Roots, twice a year in late spring and late autumn.
  • You receive the Society’s E-Newsletter, normally twice a year, if you have given an email address.
  • You have free access* to the online JSTOR Ireland Collection of many digitised journals, including back numbers of our journal.  *An email address and registration with JSTOR required.
  • You may have your Research Interests and Queries listed on our website and in our journal by completing a Member’s Profile Form.
  • You are invited to submit a Record of Ancestors Chart and your Family Tree.
  • Indexes to Members’ Interests and Ancestor Charts are placed online with your membership number so that others with similar interests may contact you via the Society.
  • You are encouraged to use the Society’s well stocked Research Centre at Newtownabbey; for members who cannot visit there is a Look Up Service.  The collection includes record transcriptions, books, journals, directories, maps and more.
  • A number of Resources are being placed online, many of them available only to Members.
  • You may wish to use the online Shop, which sells a variety of Books & CDs by the Society including transcriptions of records and also Research Booklets to help with your research; we also sell Alan Godfrey’s reproductions of old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ulster.
  • You may participate in the North of  Ireland DNA Project with special discounted rates.
  • Whether local or far away, you may participate in the Transcribing & Indexing Projects.
  • You may submit an entry for the Biennial Competition organised by the Belfast Branch for all Members of the Society.
  • If a Branch Member, you may vote at General Meetings of your Branch and the Society.

Your annual subscription covers the administrative costs of the Society including the rent of the Research Centre, the annual insurance and the cost of printing and posting the journal twice a year.  If you join as a Branch Member, an element of your annual subscription covers the cost of running the Branch, principally room hire and speakers’ expenses. The Society has no paid employees and relies on the voluntary activities of its Members.

Membership Options

Join online – Overseas membership is only £18 for the current year.

Go for Branch Membership if you can get to the local Meetings and events.