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. And when we go to Dublin to visit the archives and repositories our staff will be joined by colleagues – some of the most experienced genealogists in Dublin – to help maximise your time during the day.
Participants 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 and Dublin.
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.
Should you prefer to spend more time savouring the enchanting landscape and historic sites of your ancestors, each day there will be a visit to some of Ireland’s best visitor attractions. Tour highlights include: visits to Titanic Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway and the Glens of Antrim coastal drive, the famous Walls of Derry and the hills of Donegal, the Ulster-American Folk Park and afternoon tea at Barons Court, home of the Duke of Abercorn.
05–12 September 2018
1 - Evening reception and get-together
2 - Research in PRONI or visit to Titanic Belfast
3 - Research in PRONI or visit to Ulster-American Folk Park and Barons Court
4 - Research in PRONI or visit to the City of Armagh (ancient ecclesiastical capital) and the medieval town of Carlingford
5 - Free day for delegates
6 - Research in Dublin archives or tour of Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity College
7 - Research in PRONI or visit to to Derry and Donegal
8 - Visit to the Glens of Antrim and the Giant’s Causeway
Please note Tours subject to change
What is included in the price?
For all those taking part in our Tracing Your Irish Ancestors conferences the following is included:
• Six evening meals
• Six lunches
• Four morning teas/coffees
• Transport during the event (from the designated
drop-off and pick-up point)
• Talks and tours
• Entrance fees
• Research assistance by professional genealogists
To register an interest in either of our 2018 Family History Conferences please email; firstname.lastname@example.org