'Searching for that elusive Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestor' Genealogy Conference

04 June - 10 June

Ulster Historical Foundation is pleased to offer the Searching for that elusive Irish or Scots-Irish ancestor family history conference in June 2014.

Over six days you will be assisted to carry out research for yourself at Belfast’s main archives and libraries as well as discover the history of Ulster first hand through excursions to some of the province’s most historic and famous sites including the Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Baronscourt and the Ulster-American Folk Park.

If you are interested in finding out more about your Irish ancestors or wish to explore the history of Ireland’s northern province this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

Programme

Day 1: Wednesday, 4th June 2014
Opportunity to visit Ulster Historical Foundation and discuss research with staff.

Day 2: Thursday, 5th June 2014
Introductions, registration, tour and lectures at PRONI; visit to Titanic Quarter; evening
meal and tour of Carrickfergus Castle.

Day 3: Friday, 6th June 2014
Opportunity to carry out research at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

Day 4: Saturday, 7th June 2014
Outing to the Causeway Coast and the Glens of Antrim visiting the Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle and Bonamargy Friary.

Day 5: Sunday, 8th June 2014
Free day for delegates.

Day 6: Monday, 9th June 2014
Further opportunity to carry out research at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, with evening visit to Belfast City Hall.

Day 7: Tuesday, 10th June 2014
Outing to Baronscourt (ancestral home of the dukes of Abercorn), and the Ulster American Folk Park and Mellon Centre for Migration Studies.

Research at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

On Days 3 and 6 participants will have the opportunity to carry out research into their family history at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). In PRONI, Belfast has one of the best – possibly even the best – regional archives in the UK. Here there are centuries of records relating to the families of Ulster.

The new building is spacious and welcoming.  The search room and reading room have many more spaces for researchers than was the case in the old building. There is also an auditorium for public lectures and an exhibition area.

Who is the Event Aimed at?

This event is suitable for novices and experienced researchers alike. No previous knowledge of research techniques or sources is necessary. The Foundation’s experienced team of researchers will be on hand to assist participants to carry out their research. The great majority of the sources you will be using to research your ancestors will be found at PRONI.  More information on sources and guidance can be found at: www.ancestryireland.com

Key Guides and Speakers

We have lined up a range of different speakers who will bring their knowledge and enthusiasm for their respective subjects to the programme.

Dr William Roulston (Research Director, Ulster Historical Foundation)   |   Gillian Hunt (Research Officer, Ulster Historical Foundation)   |   Dr Brian Trainor (retired Research Director, Ulster Historical Foundation, former Director, PRONI)   |   Robert Corbert (Belfast City Hall)   |   Dr Brian Lambkin (Director, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies)   |   Dr Patrick Fitzgerald (Lecturer and Development Officer, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies)   |   Members of archival staff (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the package for this event.

However, we have arranged a special rate for delegates with the Premier Inn, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast (www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/BELBAR/belfast-city-cathedral-quarter).  Delegates at our previous family history events have stayed here and feedback on the hotel has been extremely positive.

Once you have registered with us for the conference we will send you the booking reference to use when reserving your room at the Premier Inn.  Alternatively, you may wish to stay elsewhere in Belfast or its immediate vicinity. Go to: www.discovernorthernireland.com/accommfinder to check out other accommodation options.

Please note: the Premier Inn, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast will be the pick-up and drop-off point for the duration of the conference. Delegates not staying at this hotel will be expected to make their own way here to take part in the tours and outings.

What is Included in the Price

For those who wish to take part in all aspects of the family history event, including the research days at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Included in this package are:
• Five evening meals
• Two lunches
• Transport during the event
• Talks and tours
• Entrance fees
• Research assistance by professional genealogists
£499 per person

For those who wish to take part in all aspects of the family history conference with the exception of the genealogical research days. Ideal for travelling companions of full rate participants.
• Five evening meals
• Two lunches
• Transport during the event
• Talks and tours
• Entrance fees
£399 per person

Download the Booking Form or visit www.ancestryireland.com/family-history-conference  for more information.

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