Trace your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors

Celebrate 300 years and more of migration, and mark the tercentenary of the 1718 migration with visits to sites and places synonymous with the migration of Ulster and Irish families to the New Worlds. Learn about the history of Ireland and your ancestors' lives and migration experiences first-hand through assisted research with our expert genealogists in the Belfast and Dublin archives, complemented by excursions through Ireland's beautiful landscape to some of its most historic sites.

Genealogy essentials

Information our optional genealogy essentials course which will run from 03-05 September.

Our Expertise

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

Irish Migration

Learn more about 300 years of Irish Migration and the 1718 Migration from Ulster to New England.


  • 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

  • The Ulster Historical Foundation's Family History Conference was very well organised. The staff were very helpful in what can be a very frustrating exercise.

    Joyce Edmonds – Western Australia, Australia

  • Excellent program for both researchers and tourists. I enjoyed the research and my wife likewise the tours. A most friendly and informative staff. Greatly enjoyed interacting with the staff especially the very delightful historical commentaries delivered as only the Irish can. The attendees bonded well with our shared interest in Irish genealogy and a great time was had by all. Thanks UHF!

    Andy and Jackie Moore – Illinois, USA

  • The Ulster Historical Foundation's genealogy conferences can be summed up in one word: OUTSTANDING!

    Marcia Falconer – Ontario, Canada

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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