Trace your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

Whether you are an experienced genealogist and have previously visited our shores or are new to Irish family history, the expert genealogists of the Ulster Historical Foundation will be on hand during our conference programme to guide you at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and the archives in Dublin, including the National Archives and the Registry of Deeds.

Our classic 8-day programme (10 days if you include the genealogy essentials course), includes research in the archives in Belfast and Dublin, lectures, and tours to famous historic sites and cultural attractions, including Kilmainham Gaol, Giant’s Causeway and the Knowth passage tomb at Brú na Bóinne.

Crucially, for the research enthusiast, you can spend all your time in the archives if you wish to do so – the choice is yours! Throughout the week our research team will be there each day to offer advice and help point you in the right direction.

Our conference will also have a maximum capacity meaning that you will experience dedicated one-on-one time with our research team. As our team know the archives and how to mine the information for your family tree, working closer with our researchers will greatly improve your experience in the archives as well as improving your chances of success.

Assisted personal research, talks, tours and sightseeing are all part of the eclectic, friendly and fun mix of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. Join us for the journey. We will be delighted to see you.

Genealogy essentials

Information our optional genealogy essentials course which will run from 02-04 September.

Our Expertise

Learn about your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors' lives, experiences and the history of Ulster with our experts.

New for 2019

Find out what is new about or September 2019 Programme.


  • I attended one of your family history conferences in October 2015 and was impressed by the depth and breadth of historical knowledge conveyed during the conference. Thank you very much for sponsoring all of the family history conferences and for publishing books on Ireland and family history. The UHF performs a valuable service that is greatly appreciated by people throughout the world. Many thanks for the work that you do.

    Mary Schranz – Wisconsin, U. S. A.

  • So many little touches added to the quality of the conference experience. It was a brilliant idea to list attendees' research interests in the program booklet. Also, I very much appreciated Fintan's sharing poetry and history and other treasures in the form of commentary on the bus tours as we traveled.

    Martha Kaiser – USA

  • The time I spent in Northern Ireland with the group organized and led by the Ulster Historical Foundation was among the very best holidays I have ever enjoyed. It is very difficult to imagine how it could have been better.

    Murray Barkley – Canada

  • I have attended the Family History Conference for two years in a row so it must be worthwhile and fun! I have enjoyed the tours to many beautiful and historic places. The UHF staff takes great care of the attendees whether researching or touring. There were single attendees and couples, all searching for ancestors and enjoying our time together. Belfast is great city to visit and explore!

    Jane Van Nort – USA

  • The Ulster Historical Foundation provided an excellent family history conference. The opportunities for research and tours were beyond what I expected. The food and atmosphere of the places we ate was wonderful. The staff of the historical foundation made sure we were either happily doing research or learning about Ireland through their informative tours. Thank you Ulster Historical Foundation for a GREAT experience!

    Sandra Morrison – USA

  • I thought it was an excellent conference, well organized, interesting tours, knowledgeable and friendly staff. A great way to explore and learn about Ireland while researching my family history.

    Julie Connelly – Canada

  • I attended the September 2017 conference and it was a wonderful experience. I knew some basic information about my Irish ancestors, but this course took me so much further. I found the pre-conference course really useful before going to PRONI to search for documents. The presenters and other staff at UHF were knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Having staff and volunteers to help at PRONI was invaluable. They found in five minutes what it would have taken me five hours to discover. That’s experience for you! The tours were well chosen and a great idea for friends and spouses who didn’t want to spend time researching. The meals were great and everyone got on well, having a common interest. The whole conference was interesting, rewarding, fun and well organised. A great experience!

    Catherine Quinn – Queensland, Australia.

  • This was one of the best organized events I have attended! The conference was fun, and I learned a lot about the people, history, and structure of not just Ulster, but all of Ireland. Logistically, the staff have it down. Everything works on time, and in a pleasant, helpful way. Presenters and staff are knowledgeable, and committed to helping everyone get the most out of the experience. They planned so many wonderful experiences, and the food was incredible! My scale tells me that every day....Having a chance to meet so many others interested in the same "stuff" made it even more fun. An all around terrific conference - I would like to do it again in a few years. (Trip Advisor)

    Patricia McKlem – Arizona, USA

  • If you're wondering whether to engage UHF's services or attend one of their conferences I can assure you that you'll experience absolute quality. I attended the June 2016 UHF conference and to sum it up - I attended a genealogy holiday. If you want to: meet like-minded people, have professional research assistance, eat really well, enjoy field trips that will show you the things that make Ireland amazing, meet new friends from around the world and enhance your own genealogy knowledge - this is a high quality conference you won't be sorry you spent money on! On top of all that the staff at UHF are friendly, know their stuff, well organised and prepared to accommodate your last minute change (if they can). My only complaint is that it ended! But, I've already decided that I'm going to attend another one in a few years time. Yes, it's that good!

    Davina Hughes – Waipa, New Zealand

  • Great conference UHF! It was very Informative, well organized, friendly, and fun. Looking forward to my next one

    Suzanne Billings – Pennsylvania, USA

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