Testimonials

Read what some of the participants said about our previous schools & conferences

“This conference was jampacked with helpful historical information and the leaders were very knowledgeable and helpful.”

Dolores Osborne – California, USA

“I thought that the conference was extremely well organised ensuring that we were at all times engaged in an interesting and worthwhile activity. The speakers provided variety and were all excellent in their particular fields of expertise. The locations were diverse and interesting and the assistance provided by the UHF staff was worth travelling from the other side of the world for.”

Jennifer Burch – Victoria, Australia

“It was evident a tremendous effort went into arranging this conference, by all involved, and it showed in the wonderful opportunities we had to tour Ulster, hear interesting speakers at all the venues, do personal research and enjoy the comfort of a great tour bus as well as good hotel accommodations. Nothing was left undone to ensure every participant got what they came for and more. I’ve attended a great many conferences in the course of my work, but I don’t think I’ve ever attended a better one.”

Doris Bryant – California, USA

“I have participated in four other week long specialized study genealogical institutes in the US and NI. The Ulster Historical Foundation by far was the most organized and well run event. It created a much more comfortable group atmosphere than the others. The critical difference was that William and Tim in particular as well as all the others associated with the foundation were much more interested in interacting with and helping the participants as individuals. The individualized attention facilitated critical thinking and development of research strategies that made much sense.”

Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt – Pittsburgh PA

“Over the past three years I’ve sincerely appreciated the effort made by Dr. William Roulston and Dr. Allan Blackstock to introduce new areas of study in Irish history & politics each year. The effect is like a lantern where the whole room is lit up but certain areas (themes) are more illuminated and put into focus. Move the lantern and another topic comes into the light.”

Melanie McLennan – Ontario, Canada

“I couldn’t have planned a better trip. I gained a lot of experience with Irish genealogical sources at PRONI and online. The visits to museums and historical homes and sites were both instructive and entertaining; they gave me a different perspective on my ancestors’ lives before they emigrated to the United States. I want to come back!”

Mary Anne Hamilton – Illinois, USA

“Summer school was excellent. Very well organized. Staff were very friendly, accommodating – went out of their way to ensure we all had a memorable trip and were able to meet some of our research needs. They didn’t want us coming home empty handed!”

Caren Baroudy – Alberta, Canada

“This was a well-planned and executed introduction to Ulster genealogy with knowledgeable and helpful presenters on topics of great interest to those seeking to combine an historical context with the specifics of a genealogical quest.”

Diane Crothers – New York, USA

“This experience enriched me personally and enhanced my ancestral story. It was not just about finding names and places, but putting context around the lives of those who came before us. I came home feeling a bond to Northern Ireland that I had not had before attending this program.”

Judy Orr – Ontario, Canada

“An absolutely wonderful experience! The warm and friendly staff helped demystify the process of searching Irish records and gave me the tools to continue my search on-line. In addition, the lectures and tours painted a vivid picture of the conditions in which my ancestors lived and the issues which prompted them to migrate. I hope to return soon.”

Grayson Parks – Florida, USA

“The 2012 summer school was the perfect opportunity to carry out research at PRONI with expert guidance from the helpful and knowledgeable course instructors. The excursions provided unique insight into the history and heritage of Northern Ireland and it was rewarding to share the enthusiasm of experts and fellow students. Overall, the summer school was a first-rate learning experience that was tailored to suit the interests of everyone who attended. I will definitely enrol another year … this exceeded my expectations but there is more to learn!”

Linda Davis – Ontario, Canada