Access to our Library and Research Centre is free for members of the Ulster Genealogical and Historical Guild. Non-members can use the library for a small daily fee (£3). A member of staff will be available to assist with enquiries. Materials in the library are for reference purposes only and there are no lending facilities.
At present the Library contains some 2,500 titles, most of which are of genealogical interest. The library is particularly strong on published and unpublished family histories. It also has good collections of gravestone inscriptions and genealogical guides.
Among the more significant items in our library is the new 9-volume Dictionary of Irish Biography, published by Royal Irish Academy in 2009. This includes some 9,000 biographies of prominent Irish men and women. A rare set of Ireland's Memorial Records recorded between 1914-1918 is also available, listing the names of nearly 50,000 Irishmen who were killed in the First World War. Researchers will also find useful a set of townland maps for Northern Ireland.
Many miscellaneous items of genealogical interest collected over the Foundation's half century existence, along with additional information on individual families, have been filed and can be consulted in the library.
You can also search our computerised databases. It is not essential to book a session in the Centre, but it is advisable.
The fee for an hour long session is £25 (£15 for Guild members) or £15 (£10 for Guild members) for a 30 minute session. The major sources available for checking include:
- Civil marriages for Antrim, Down and Belfast, 1845-1921
- Catholic registers for Antrim, Down and Belfast pre-1900
- Civil births for Belfast, 1864-1921 (incomplete)
- Church of Ireland and Presbyterian registers for Belfast (a selection)
- Register of Belfast City Cemetery from 1869 onwards
- Over 50,000 gravestone inscriptions for Northern Ireland
- Flaxgrowers’ List of 1796 for Ireland
- Index to Irish wills, 1858-1900