The Ulster History & Genealogy Summer School is designed for anyone who has an interest in exploring the part of Ireland’s northern province. The Summer School programme includes a variety of talks, tours, presentations and events.
As the Summer School is run in partnership with the University of Ulster, participants will be able to register as part time students of the University for the duration of the school. This will give you access to the University’s library, to its computer suite and also to its extensive range of electronic resources including a searchable database of the Belfast News-Letter which is a valuable source for genealogical and local history information.
Considerable emphasis is placed on allowing participants to carry out research for themselves at archives and libraries such as the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Linen Hall Library and Belfast Central Library.
During the week delegates will be taken on a number of outings to sites of historic interest, including Barons Court, home of the Duke of Abercorn, president of the Ulster Historical Foundation, and the Ulster American Folk Park and Centre for Migration Studies.
No previous knowledge of research techniques or sources is necessary. The Foundation’s experienced team of researchers will be on hand to assist delegates carry out their research.
At the end of the Summer School, participants will provide a short written report on what they discovered during the week and be presented with a Certificate from the University. Participants will be required to answer the following question: How has the Summer School helped you develop your knowledge of your family history? Responses should extend to not more than two A4 pages. (Typed or handwritten submissions acceptable.)
Delegates with any special dietary needs or mobility problems should advise the Foundation of their requirements on registering so that adequate provision can be made.