The Education & Development Officer, President & Chairperson representing the Society at an event in Dublin

The former Education & Development Officer, President & Chairperson representing the Society at an event in Dublin

The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) is managed by its Council, all the Members of which are Charity Trustees for the purposes of the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. The Council is composed of a number of office bearers elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Society and three representatives of each Branch.

Council may appoint Members of the Society to Council and may appoint Officers from the Members of Council. The AGM of the Society is held in September and is hosted by the Branches in turn.

The Branches themselves normally hold their own AGM in May and elect their own office bearers.

The main legal guideline for the Society and Branches is that they act in accordance with the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 and its subsequent amendments, and the charity’s Governing Document consisting of the Society Constitution and the Branch Constitution.

 Ex-Officio Members of Council

Under the Society Constitution, the Chairperson, the Secretary and the Treasurer of each Branch are Members of Council ex officio.

Society Officers for 2020-21

The following Officer posts were filled at the AGM (or subsequently appointed):

  • President – Ann Robinson
  • Chairperson – Rosemary Sibbett
  • General Secretary
  • Membership Secretary – Glenyss Glass
  • Treasurer – Mike McKeag
  • Vice President – Michael McKeag
  • Vice Chairperson – Alison Tait
  • Assistant Secretary – Elizabeth Scott
  • Assistant Membership Secretary
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • Education & Development Officer – Martin McDowell
  • Librarian – Ann Robinson
  • Projects Co-ordinator – Sandra Ardis
  • Publicity Officer – Maeve Rogan

Volunteer Roles

There are Volunteer roles undertaken by members to assist Council in providing the various services to members and the public:

  • Minutes Secretary
  • Email Enquiries Assistant
  • Membership Assistant
  • Members’ Interests Assistant
  • Membership Publications Dispatch Assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Look Up Service Assistants
  • Ancestor Charts Assistant
  • Family Trees Assistant
  • Mourning Cards Assistant
  • Webmaster
  • Website Assistant
  • Journal Editor
  • Journal Editorial Assistants
  • Show Event Assistants
  • Newsletter Assistants
  • Shop Publications Dispatch Assistant
  • Research Centre Bookings Assistant
  • CIGO Representative
  • PRONI User Group Representative
  • DNA Project Administrator
  • DNA Project Assistant
  • Assistant Projects Co-ordinator
  • Transcription Assistants

Calendar of Meetings 2020-21

For the foreseeable future Council Meetings will be held on Zoom.

Meetings of Council Trustees (normally at 7.30pm on 2nd Wednesday of the month)

  • Annual General Meeting 2020 – Saturday 17 October 2020 – via Zoom
  • Annual General Meeting 2021 – Saturday, 18 September 2021