Our Expertise


Research Director Dr William Roulston with a conference delegate, June 2015

Ulster Historical Foundation has been conducting genealogical research for 60 years and has helped tens of thousands of people learn more about their Irish roots.

Throughout our conferences, our experienced and expert research staff will be on hand in the archives to provide you with the advice you need to help find your ancestors. They will be available to direct you to sources that could be helpful in your quest for more information on your forebears, and will be ready to assist with reading difficult handwriting and understanding more about the documents you will be consulting.

In addition, our staff and expert colleagues from kindred organisations will be with delegates during the tours, so even if you are taking a break from actual research, to visit one of our superb attractions, you will still be able to speak with them about your research interests and priorities throughout the week.


Conference delegates June 2017

Delegates are also able to avail of our research assessment service, where we complete a preliminary report, and advise on search strategies for the duration of the conference, for each delegate who submits a completed research questionnaire. These are prepared in advance of our conferences, providing you with the opportunity to consider the contents and plan your research accordingly or peruse the online catalogues for PRONI and the National Library prior to arrival. The research assessment is also an ideal tool to help those with limited archival experience get started in the archives in Belfast.

Group Dinner, September 2018

This very practical, hands-on support for family historians, blended with our array of fascinating tours to some of Ireland’s most appealing attractions is what makes attending the Foundation’s family history conference a truly unique and memorable experience.

The combination of assisted research in the archives, talks by experts and escorted tours of places of historic interest across Ireland makes for a memorable and intellectually stimulating experience.

"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

Additional feedback from previous conferences can be viewed here.