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Genealogical Researchers

Post of Genealogical Researcher (Part-time)

Ulster Historical Foundation wishes to broaden its pool of Genealogical Researchers to assist with genealogical research commissions and historical projects.

Those with a genuine interest in family history and who possess a working knowledge of Irish genealogical research sources together with strong analytical and writing skills should forward a CV with a covering letter outlining their experience and demonstrating how they meet the essential criteria for the position to:

Ulster Historical Foundation, The Corn Exchange, 31 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG. Or by email to: by 17:00 (BST) on Friday 4 August 2017.

Job Description

This post will involve researching personal family histories on behalf of our clients, using documentary and computerised sources (both online and offline). The time span involved can range from the twentieth century to seventeenth century studies.

The research work will be undertaken mainly at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), although some time will be spent in the Foundation’s office and in other local archives and libraries.

Research results will be presented to clients in the form of interpretative reports. These will explain the research process, analyse findings, draw conclusions and include bibliographical and source references.

In conjunction with all employees of the Foundation the post holder will contribute to the smooth operation of the Foundation’s genealogical research service.



  • Genuine interest in and reasonable knowledge of family and/or local history.
  • Practical experience of using a range of relevant archival sources in PRONI/other archives and an excellent knowledge of the key sources available for family history research.
  • Practical experience of using digitised or transcribed sources, both online and offline.
  • Ability to systematically gather, collate, analyse and present information in an easily understood format.
  • Strong written skills and ability to produce clear, concise and informative written reports for clients.
  • Ability to work within time and budgetary constraints.
  • Be in a position to commute regularly to the main archives and libraries in the Belfast area.
  • Ability and willingness to learn on the job. [Please note that training in the Ulster Historical Foundation’s format of carrying out research and writing reports will be provided.]
  • Willingness to accept supervision as required and to exchange ideas.
  • Reliable, trustworthy, self-motivated and hardworking, who can work unsupervised but who is also comfortable working as part of a team.
  • Reasonable computer literacy and keyboard skills.


  • A preparedness to devote a reasonable amount of time to the position.
  • Proficient in using modern IT packages including those of the Microsoft Office suite of products, particularly Word and Excel; familiar with email and the Internet; and in using modern office equipment.
  • May be asked to work occasional evenings and weekends (for example, during the Foundation’s family history conferences and events).
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of Irish history with particular reference to the historic province of Ulster

Job Specification


Genealogical Researcher (Part-time)


Ulster Historical Foundation


Central Belfast (researchers will operate mostly, though not exclusively, from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)).


The post will be offered on a part-time basis with flexible working hours. Researchers are expected to work regularly (i.e. not periodically or episodically) to ensure the smooth flow of completed reports are returned to clients and if a backlog of research commissions exists they are encouraged to work as many hours as possible.

The job may require working occasional evenings and weekends.

There will be a six month probationary period.


The rate of remuneration will be from £8.00 to £10.00 per hour. The rate paid is based on experience gained and the quality of the work produced. Trainees will commence on the rate of £8.00 per hour. In each case the researcher is required to work within the maximum number of hours allocated by the client’s budget.

Holiday pay

Researchers will receive holiday pay entitlement. This will be calculated as 12.069% of the researcher’s hourly rate of pay based on the number of hours worked in a year. This will be calculated at the end of each financial year, for the period 01 April to 31 March, and paid to the researcher along with any claim for hours worked made in month 12 of that financial year.

Overhead expenses and allowances

Genealogical research may incur expenses in the process of carrying out the research for clients. Legitimate costs can be recouped by the researcher from the Foundation.

Working Arrangements

The role is not freelance: researchers will be employed by the Foundation and there is a support structure in place. Successful candidates will be expected to work closely with the Research Officer and Research Secretary. Researchers will have access to the Foundation’s research materials including the library and online databases.

Client and organisational confidentiality

Note: Successful candidates will be required to give an undertaking that they will only carry out genealogical work for the Ulster Historical Foundation during their period of employment. This undertaking is required to protect the confidentiality of the Foundation and its clients.

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