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 May and is hosted by the Branches in turn.

The Branches themselves normally hold their own AGM in April 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 2018-19

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

  • President – Ann Robinson
  • Chairperson – Brian O’Hara
  • General Secretary
  • Membership Secretary
  • Treasurer – Mike McKeag
  • Vice President – Michael McKeag
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Assistant Secretary
  • Education & Development Officer – Martin McDowell
  • Librarian – Ann Robinson
  • Projects Co-ordinator – Séan Traynor
  • Deputy 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
  • Membership Secretary Assistants
  • Research Centre Bookings
  • Data Protection
  • Journal Editor
  • Journal Editorial Team
  • Web Shop
  • Ancestor Charts
  • Email Enquiries
  • Family Trees
  • Look Ups
  • Mourning Cards
  • PRONI User Group Representative
  • CIGO Representative

Calendar of Meetings 2018-19

  • Meetings of Council Trustees (normally at 7.30pm on 2nd Wednesdays)
    13 June 2018, 8 August, 12 September, 10 October, 14 November, 12 December, 9 January 2019, 13 February, 13 March, 10 April, 8 May, 12 June
  • Annual General Meeting – Saturday, 21 September 2019