North of Ireland Family History Society

Belfast Branch


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Calendar 2014 - 2015

Belfast branch meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (unless other times are noted below) in the upstairs C S Lewis Room (lift available) of the Holywood Arches Library, 4 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 1NT; a large free public car park is available at the rear of the Library.  On the second Thursday of the month there is usually a visit to a library or record repository (details to be confirmed).
4th September 2014 Introducing the Society – Branch Chairman
‘What’s in a Name – Surnames Explored’ - Aodán Mac Póilin
11th September Visit to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland - 7.00 pm
2nd October Question and Answer Time
‘Sentry Hill and the McKinney Family’ - Wesley Bonar
9th October Visit to the LDS Family History Centre, 403 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 2GU - 7.00 pm
6th November An interesting Record! – Committee member
‘Finding Great War Fatalities: War Graves in Belfast’ - Nigel Henderson
13th NovemberVisit to the Somme Heritage Centre - Cancelled
4th December‘The Story behind the Name’ - Eddie Lowe
NB - Venue: BELMONT TOWER, 82 Belmont Church Road, Belfast, BT4 3FG (the Library is closed for refurbishment)
8th January 2015 The work of the Transcribing Group – Committee member
‘Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases: Medical and Coroners’ Records’ - David Huddleston
15th JanuaryVisit to the Newspaper Library at Belfast Central Library - 7.00 pm
5th February Question and Answer Time
‘The Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland and its Resources’ - Valerie Adams
12th FebruaryVisit to NIFHS Research Centre “C4”, Newtownabbey - 7.00 pm
5th March Belfast, Co Down – Fact or Fiction? – Committee member
‘Making more sense of the Census’ - Brenda Collins
12th March Lunchtime visit to the Linenhall Library, Donegall Square North, Belfast - 12.30 pm
(Cost will be £3.50 per person - includes a talk on their genealogical collection)
2nd April Annual General Meeting
‘Understanding the Poor Law and the Workhouse System’ - Olwen Purdue
9th April Visit Dublin - General Register Office, Dublin City Library and Archive, National Library of Ireland and National Archives of Ireland
7th May Question and Answer Time
‘The Representative Church Body Library and its Resources’ - Susan Hood
June outing(to be arranged subject to interest)
Summer Outing - A 9am to 9pm coach outing to several places of interest, finishing with a dinner
  Guests and visitors are welcome to attend meetings without charge

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Officers 2014-2015

Chairperson: Michael Parkinson

Secretary: Valerie Adams

Treasurer: Alastair Gray

Council Representatives: normally the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.

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