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Tracing Your Roots

With more people becoming fascinated with tracing their roots and learning about their descendants it is now much easier to connect with one's family history - and there are so many resources available.

Embark on a journey of discovery that will lead you to explore the lives and times of your ancestors. Retracing their steps you can bring the past to life and take you on a life changing journey.

Places To Visit

Erne Heritage Tours, Belleek, Enniskillen

Unlock the secrets of Fermanagh and Ulster, with a general, customized or specialized tour in small or large groups. By car or by coach, full or half day or a few hours leisurely walking tour. See 3,000 years in one day.

Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum Library, Lisburn

The Irish Linen Centre showcases one of Ireland's best known industries. Take an audio visual tour and see the weaving centre and hand looms. It also showcases events and exhibitions which recreate and honour Lisburn's rich, local history.

Derry City Council, Archives and Genealogy, Londonderry/Derry

The Archive and Genealogy service has responsibility for the preservation of the civic archives and private collections relating to industry, buildings and social history. The collection is a valuable source of information providing a comprehensive record of significant developments in the city from the mid 17th century.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Belfast

PRONI holds an extensive range of private archives and is the main venue for researching family and local history or for discovering the economic, social and political history of Northern Ireland.

Armagh Public Library, Armagh

Established in 1771, Armagh Public Library is one of the oldest libraries in Ireland, holding rare and valuable books, ancient Irish artefacts, and print, gem and coin collections. Visitors and researchers, individuals and groups, are all welcome.

Cardinal Tomas Ó Fiaich Memorial Library And Archive, Armagh

Cardinal Ó Fiaich's papers and books form the nucleus of the collection along with the Catholic church records for the archdiocese of Armagh. The archive holds special collections on the Irish overseas, Gaelic sports and 20th century Irish history.

Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast

The Ulster Historical Foundation, est. 1956, is a not-for-profit educational charity. Learn about the history of Ulster and your ancestors' lives and migration experiences first-hand through talks and tours to some of Ulster's most historic sites.

General Register Office, Belfast

Records of NI births, deaths since 1864 and copies of all marriage registrations since 1922. Central records before 1922 are in Dublin but the Registrar General in Belfast will arrange for searches to be made (Small Fee) of any births, marriages ...

North of Ireland Family History Society, Newtownabbey

Members can contact others researching the same name. Books and magazines for sale.

Armagh Ancestry, Armagh

Armagh Ancestry offers a comprehensive genealogical service to those whose ancestors came from Armagh.

We are able to offer an efficient and accurate service, for a resonable cost and in a short time. Pre-booking is ESSENTIAL.

Family Ulster, Belfast

Use of archival material including:-Births, marriages and death records, Census returns, Church Records, Wills, Leases, Valuation and land estate records and many more. Includes tours of towns, villages, churches, graveyards and schools.

Society of Genealogists Northern Ireland - SGNI, Belfast

Professional genealogists researching family history in Northern Ireland. List of members and details of their services can be found from this organisation.

Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, Belfast

The library and archive of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland is an important resource for the history of Presbyterianism in Ireland and for those with Presbyterian roots.

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