An Educational Charity | Charity Reg. No. NIC100280
+44 (028) 9066 1988 |
Charitable Objectives

Research Services

The Ulster Historical Foundation provides a professional and comprehensive range of research services for the six counties of Northern Ireland and the three border counties in the Republic of Ireland that make up the historic province of Ulster.

Each year the staff at the Foundation answer thousands of genealogical enquiries. Since 1956 the Ulster Historical Foundation has offered its research services to clients all over the world, with over 15,000 detailed reports into family history being produced.

Book a Consultation – from £20

If you are tracing your own Irish or Scots-Irish ancestors in Ireland, a consultation with a member of our experienced research team could save you a considerable amount of time and greatly increase your chances of success.

The fee for a 30 minute consultation is £20 (£15 for Guild members) or £30 for a 60 minute consultation (£25 for Guild members).

To book an appointment please telephone 028 90 661988 or use our booking form.

Commission an Initial Assessment – £35

Ideal for those who are not sure how to get started with their Irish research. An initial assessment explores the feasibility of archival research by identifying sources of potential relevance for your family history.

In some instances you may receive factual genealogical data relevant to your personal research in addition to sound advice on the research possibilities presented by the information you provide.

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Commission In-depth Research – from £180 to unlimited

Ideal for those who are clear about their research objectives and want to have a detailed study of their family history carried out.

Our reports are interpretative as well as factual. We seek to build up a profile of your ancestors by examining original documents and microfilm copies in archives and libraries such as the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the General Register Office of Northern Ireland and the Linen Hall Library.

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Commission Specific Research – £120 + VAT

Ideal for those who have specific research that they would like to have carried out, for example a particular Church register or landed estate record they wish to have examined.

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Document Retrieval

For clients who have a very specific research request such as sourcing the details of and obtaining a copy of a marriage/birth record and certificate) or obtaining copies of undigitised documents from archives which cannot be accessed remotely.

Most document retrieval enquiries will be no more than 2 hours (minimum 1 hour), and cost £30 per hour, with any costs of certificates/original documents charged by General Register Office or the Public Record Office additional to the actual research time. Please note that while access to PRONI is free, the GRONI charges £8.00 for entrance and £8-£15 for a certificate. These will be additional to the cost of research time.

To order document retrieval please telephone 028 90 661988 or use our contact form.

Gift Certificates

Ulster Historical Foundation Gift Certificates, (from £30.00) may be used to buy a family history report, the Family Research Starter Kit or books available at

It is the ideal present for the novice or more experienced family history researcher for a birthday, Christmas or other special occasion.

For more information, please use our contact form.

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Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland NIC100280