NIFHS Branches

The Society has nine Branches in the North of Ireland.

Membership Year

The Membership year runs for the 12 months from 1st September to 31st August. The majority of talks and outings arranged by Branches take place by mid June. The period from June to August may be regarded as the “low season”.  Enrolment for the following Branch year opens in mid August.  Online application and payment of the membership fee is recommended.

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Activities

In normal times each Branch generally meets once a month, from September to May, for a talk, a workshop or a visit to a record repository or other place of interest. Some Branches produce newsletters for their Members and many undertake projects – to transcribe and index records for example. They sometimes organise social events or summer outings. Most Branches have a presence on social media channels. .

Click or tap on the Branch name in these Branches Tabs for the details about a particular Branch.
Branches may be contacted through their Secretaries at the following email addresses:

Antrim and Newtownabbey Branch Meetings

When?

This Branch usually meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. from September to May.

Where?

New season, new venue!
Our new season of talks will start on 11 September. We meet in the Spinning Room at the historic Mossley Mill. We are looking forward to regular in-person meetings and are also retaining the hybrid option so members can join in from wherever they are – see you soon!

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Contact Email Address


Publications

There are several publications based on research activities in the locality:

These items are available to buy:

  • Online through the Shop.

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NIFHS Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2024 to 31st August 2025

  • £25 for Single Membership
  • £40 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

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Events Programme

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Recent Events


Social Media

Newtownabbey Branch hosts a Facebook Page.

Ballymena Branch Meetings

When?

Ballymena Branch usually meets on the last Thursday of the month at 7:15 p.m. from September to May.

Where?

Meetings are normally held in Michelin Arts Workshop, Braid Arts Centre, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ.

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Contact Email Address

Social Media

Ballymena Branch has a Facebook Closed Group.

NIFHS Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2024 to 31st August 2025

  • £25 for Single Membership
  • £40 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

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Events Programme

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Recent Events


Belfast Branch Meetings

When?

Belfast Branch monthly branch meeting are usually held on the fourth Tuesday of each month via the media of Zoom.

Belfast Branch members will receive the link by email in advance of each meeting – anyone else interested in attending a talk can request the link from the Branch Secretary.

The talks will be recorded and made available for a limited time for Belfast Branch Members in different time zones to watch at a more convenient time.

Other Physical meetings will be arranged throughout the year to allow Branch members to meet, interact and socialise together. These will consist of Workshops, Visits and Projects etc.

For further information please contact our Branch Secretary

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Social Media

Belfast Branch has a Facebook Private Group. Belfast Facebook Private Group Over 700 participants from near and far. Someone in the Group may have an answer to your research question. For details see the About details on the Group Page.

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Belfast City Cemetery DNA Project

Sat 5 Aug 2023 10-13.30 Cemetery Open Day
Sun 10 Sept 2023 10-13.30 Cemetery Open Day

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Branch Initiatives

Branch volunteers have offered to provide help for Belfast Branch Members by:
• Mentoring beginners
• Looking up documents in PRONI or GRONI
• Photographing a building, grave or place

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Research Centre Open Days

Belfast Branch members will be in the C4 Research Centre Sat 7 Oct, Sat 10 Feb and Sat 4 May

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NIFHS Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2024 to 31st August 2025

  • £25 for Single Membership
  • £40 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

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Events Programme

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Recent Events


 

Causeway C&G Branch Meetings

When?

Meetings are usually held  on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm from September to May.

Where?

Meetings are normally held in the Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Road, Coleraine.

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Contact Email Address

Causeway C&G Branch website: www.causewayfhs.org.uk Branch webmaster: contact via Causeway@nifhs.org


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NIFHS Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2024 to 31st August 2025

  • £25 for Single Membership
  • £40 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

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Events Programme


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Social Media

Causeway Branch hosts a Facebook Page and a Closed Facebook Group.

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Foyle Branch Meetings

When?

Foyle Branch usually meets on the first available Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. from October to May.

Where?

Meetings were normally held in the Lecture Room of Derry City’s Central Library. However, with the reduced Library opening hours, alternative venues will be sought.  The Events Programme will include details for each meeting.

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Contact Email Address


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NIFHS Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2024 to 31st August 2025

  • £25 for Single Membership
  • £40 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

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Events Programme

There are no upcoming events at this time.
The programme for the 2024-2025 Branch season is being prepared and will updated as and when details are confirmed. 


Recent Events


Killyleagh Branch Meetings

When?

Killyleagh Branch usually meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. from October to May (please note the change of time!). The September meeting takes the form of an Outing.

Where?

Meetings are usually held in the Killyleagh Masonic Hall, 50 High Street, Killyleagh, BT30 9QF.

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Contact Email Address


Publications

Book - The McIlrath LettersThe Branch has produced a book based on its research activities: The McIlrath Letters which is available to buy:


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NIFHS Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2024 to 31st August 2025

  • £25 for Single Membership
  • £40 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

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Events Programme

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Recent Events


Social Media

The Branch has a Facebook Page.

Larne Branch Meetings

When?

Larne Branch meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:15 p.m. from September to May.

Where?

 Meetings in the 2024-25 year to be held in Larne Branch Library, 36 Pound Street, Larne, BT40 1SQ.

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Contact Email Address


Publications

Larne Branch had produced two publications based on its research activities.  Unfortunately these are now out of print.

  • On Tranquil Land or Stormy Sea
  • Resting in Larne’s Green Land.

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NIFHS Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2024 to 31st August 2025

  • £25 for Single Membership
  • £40 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

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Events Programme

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Recent Events



Social Media

Larne Branch hosts a Closed Facebook Group.

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Lisburn Branch Meetings

When?

Lisburn Branch meetings take place on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. from September to May.

Research sessions, visits and meet ups may also be organised for members during the season.


Where?

Meetings are normally held in the Bridge Community Centre, Railway Street, Lisburn BT28 1XP.

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Photo - Lisburn Bridge Community Centre

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Contact Email Address


Social Media

Lisburn Branch has a Facebook Page. Have a look at it to see what’s happening there.


Publications

Lisburn Branch has produced some publications based on its research activities:

Lisburn Parish of Blaris

These are available to buy:

  • Locally in the Branch
  • At the Research Centre C4
  • Online through the Shop

Lisburn Branch has photographed and transcribed existing headstones in Blaris Old Burial Ground. For lookups from this graveyard contact lisburn@nifhs.org or lookups@nifhs.org

Photo Blaris Sign


Lisburn Branch Photo Gallery

The 2019 NIFHS AGM


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NIFHS Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2024 to 31st August 2025

  • £25 for Single Membership
  • £40 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

Join the Society

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Events Programme

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Recent Events


Tyrone Branch Meetings

When?

The Branch now meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm from September to May. See the Programme for details of Branch Meetings.

Where?

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Contact Email Address


Social Media

Tyrone Branch has a Facebook Closed Group at www.facebook.com/groups/omaghfhs/


Publications

Tyrone Branch has produced two publications based on its research activities:

which are available to buy locally from the Branch or online through the Shop.


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NIFHS Membership Fees

for the year 1st September 2024 to 31st August 2025

  • £25 for Single Membership
  • £40 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

Join the Society

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Events Programme

There are no upcoming events at this time.
The programme for the 2024-2025 Branch season is being prepared and new events will be included here in due course. 


Recent Events


Joining

To join the Society, please check our Membership website for further details.

Enrolment for the new Branch Year starting in September opens in mid August.