Hello Everyone -
During this major unfolding health crisis we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well, and you are looking after your friends and family as best you can, under very testing conditions.
The Foundation is truly an international family, with members, friends and supporters living across six continents. We share your concerns about the situation and want you to know our staff are thinking of you at this time.
Keep On Keeping On:
While it is an extremely difficult time we want to assure our members and customers that we will continue to serve the interests of the research community remotely and via our websites.
During Possible Shutdowns:
While we might be forced to remain at home during any shutdowns can we suggest working on your family history could be a more rewarding experience than watching the news.
With people possibly having more free time researching your family history is a good way to spend that time. As we all know genealogy can be fun, informative and a wonderful learning experience. Using some of your time devoted to this pastime could help ease anxiety and stress – even a little. And studying our family history reinforces to us just how vital our loved ones are to our well-being.
It could be the time to do all the reading we always intended to do. And we have some great books and resources and a new book bundle offer (see below) to help use the time productively.
The Foundation will continue to process book orders. If there is any delay or disruption to the postal service as advised by Royal Mail in the coming weeks, we will make sure to advise all customers in respect of those delays.
Irish Ancestors Research Book Bundle:
For our bundle offer go to: www.booksireland.org.uk/store/books/irish-ancestors-research-bundle
Collecting Book Orders In Person:
If you would like to collect your books from the office (as you might routinely do) please contact us. In this time of social distancing it might not always be possible, but we will do our best to facilitate this.
Please note in case you were not already aware the Foundation has relocated to different premises. Our address is now: Bradley Thallon House, Unit 44D, Kiltonga Estate, Belfast Road, Newtownards, Co. Down, BT23 4TJ.
There is ample onsite parking for visitors (in normal times, please be aware of the need for social distancing at this time).
The Foundation has a long list of eBook titles (www.booksireland.org.uk/store/ebooks) which you can order directly and receive instantly.
Research and Genealogy Enquiries:
Genealogical queries will continue to be answered by our research team, but there is the potential for some delays.
Note: the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland closed on Wednesday, 18 March as have many public buildings. However, our staff are able to prepare research assessments and respond to enquiries.
If you have a brickwall or don’t know where to get started or how to move forward then you may wish to commission an initial assessment. Or contact us for advice about what to do next.
For information on our research services go to: www.ancestryireland.com/research-services/
Digital One-to-One Consultations:
In addition, to help overcome the restrictions on face-to-face meetings, we will be trialling digital one-to-one consultations via online platforms. An announcement regarding this new service will be made available soon.
Conferences and Courses:
Participants on our conferences and courses will be contacted directly by the Foundation’s staff.
Cancelled Programmes from the March 2020 Lecture Tour:
Those who were due to attend one of our lecture programmes in the USA will be contacted by the host organisation (they probably have already been in contact). In the case of those who registered for the event in Charleston SC, you will be contacted directly by the Foundation’s staff.
We are exploring ways with our hosts to make the presentations available online via webinars.
We will be looking to add more resources to our website. These will include new databases, eBooks, help notes in downloadable formats and virtual family history presentations and genealogical essentials courses. The online courses are currently in development and we will let you know when they are available.
We Value Your Continued Support:
Everyone – businesses and individuals – have been hit by this crisis, and will continue to be hit further. In the case of the Foundation, we are a self-sustaining educational non profit and registered charity. We receive no on-going public or government funding.
We rely on memberships, book sales, research commissions, income from our US lecture tour (which has been seriously affected by necessary cancellations), and the generosity of our donors, to fulfil our mission.
Your support for our work at this time is greatly valued. If you can help, it would be most welcome: www.ancestryireland.com/giving/
Nothing is more important than everyone’s health. Please take care of yourself, your families and your neighbours.