North of Ireland Family History Society

Belfast Branch


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, 4-12 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).

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Programme 2015 - 2016

3rd September 2015 'Northern Ireland in the 1950s - a Look Back in Time'
- Dr Peter Smyth
10th September Visit to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

1st October 'Court Records - their Value to the Family Historian'
- Wesley Geddis, PRONI
8th October Visit to the LDS Family History Centre, 403 Holywood Road, Belfast, BT4 2GU

5th November 'Putting your Family in Place'
- Dr Janice Holmes, OU
12th NovemberVisit to the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland, Edgehill College, 9 Lennoxvale, Belfast BT9 5BY
3th DecemberChristmas Party

7th January 2016 'Education Records for the Family Historian'
- Valerie Adams, PHSI
4th February 'A Tour through Ulster's Graveyards'
- Dr William Roulston, UHF
11th February Visit to the NIFHS Research Centre C4, Newtownabbey

3rd March 'Ulster-Scots Emigration'
- Dr Paddy Fitzgerald, UAFP
10th March Visit to the 'Discover Ulster-Scots Centre', The Corn Exchange, 1-9 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3GA
7th April Annual General Meeting
'The 1916 Rising and its Aftermath
' - Philip Orr
14th April Visit to the Dublin General Register Office, Dublin City Archives, National Library of Ireland & National Archives of Ireland
5th May 'Purdysburn Hospital: the Legacy of a Villa Colony'
- Stephen Hamilton, Knockbracken HSCNI
A Saturday in JuneSummer outing to several places of interest, finishing with a meal
(To be arranged, subject to interest)
Guests and Visitors are welcome to attend meetings without charge.

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Officers 2015-2016

Chairperson: Michael Parkinson
Secretary: Valerie Adams
Treasurer: Alastair Gray

Members of Council ex officio: the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.

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Please send any enquiries about the Branch to e-mail address

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