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Newsletter – 11 August 2014


Good news! Some of our sold out books are back in stock at our Book Store.

Having swiftly sold out earlier in the year, both the new edition of Irish Libraries, Archives, Museums & Genealogical Centres: A Visitors’ Guide and Christine Kinealy and Trevor Parkhill’s important book The Famine in Ulster (which exposes the myth that ‘the Famine didn’t happen in Ulster’) have been reprinted and are now back in stock.

Irish Libraries is priced at £14.99 while The Famine in Ulster is on special offer and available at the excellent price of £8.99.

In July we advised that The Other Tongues: An Introduction to Writing in Gaelic and Scots in Ulster and the West of Scotland had been added to our online bookstore. This month sees the addition of An Irish Lineage by Rosemary Gifford and Jennifer Martin to Among others, the book tells the story of the Gifford, Glascott, Symes, Elmes and Brownrigg families in Ireland from the late sixteenth century to the present day. An Irish Lineage is priced at £14.99.

Blackstaff Press has recently published local historian Tom Hartley’s new book, Milltown Cemetery: The History of Belfast, Written in Stone telling the story of Milltown Cemetery which for almost 150 years has provided the resting place for an array of fascinating individuals including artists, political activists, home rulers, nationalists, republicans and soldiers in the British Army. Tom’s book on Belfast City Cemetery was published in 2006.

Abercorn: The Hamiltons of Barons Court has enjoyed buoyant sales in its first month of publication. Don’t miss out on this beautifully produced and unique family history which would also be the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in the history of Ulster.

In case you are not aware of our recent special offers, please see the following list of quality books at greatly reduced prices:

For these offers and more please visit our online bookstore at;

Our new offer is for two marvellous histories of Belfast chronicling the development of our much loved city:

Early Belfast: The Origins and Growth of an UlsterTown to 1750 (rrp £9.99) and Portrait of an IndustrialCity: Clanging Belfast 1750–1914 (RRP £9.99) – buy them both for only £10.00.

Aside from our family history conferences and project work, the summer months can be a quiet business period for the Foundation, so any support you may be able to give, whether buying a few books or making a donation, would be appreciated greatly.

Autumn Courses at Stranmillis University College, Belfast

The Foundation’s Research Officer and expert genealogist Gillian Hunt will again be delivering her popular family history course, ‘Genealogy: Trace Your Family History' from 30th September for 10 weeks. The course, which will be on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm, covers all the main records used in Irish Genealogy and is ideal for beginners and those who have already been researching their family tree. We will look at census, church and land records as well as birch, marriage and death certificates, wills and many other sources. The course also includes a trip to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and costs only £50.00 per person.

Andrew Charles will be running his course, ‘The Development of Unionism 1885–Present’, over six weeks commencing on Monday 6th October.

For more information and booking details please contact or telephone 028 90384345

The Ulster History and Genealogy Autumn School

Our autumn family history conference of 2014 will commence on Sunday 14 September. We are very much looking forward to meeting all the participants and renewing some old acquaintances. Should any of you still be interested in joining us at the Autumn School, the deadline for new registrations is Friday 5September.

Forthcoming Conference – Presbyterians in the trans-Atlantic world, 1550–1700

This two day conference will take place in the Senate Room, Lanyon Building Queen’s University, Belfast on 12–13 September 2014. Speakers will include Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick of Union Theological College, Belfast and Dr Robert Armstrong of Trinity College, Dublin. The conference is open to the public and free to attend. All enquiries should be directed to the conference organiser, Professor Crawford Gribben of the School of History and Anthropology, Queen’s University at;

‘Who Do You Think You Are’

Our Research Officer, Gillian Hunt will be at ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ Live in Glasgow on Friday 29 & Saturday 30 August 2014. Gillian will be at Stand 9 answering queries about Irish and Scots-Irish family history and will have genealogical guides for sale as well as free materials. If you are going to WDYTYA Live, please come by and say hello!

PRIZE Draw for complimentary tickets

We have eight complimentary tickets to WDYTYA Live to give away!

If you would like to be entered into this free prize draw, please email with the title ‘WDYTYA Live 2014 Prize Draw’. The winners will be drawn on Thursday 14th August 2014.

The new UK series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ began on Thursday 7th August on BBC1. The first episode focused on award winning actor Julie Walters as she discoverd her Irish ancestors. If you missed this episode UK viewers can catch it on BBC iPlayer. Irish comedian and actor Brendan O’Carroll, best known for ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ will feature in a later episode, in this, the 11th series of the popular show.

If you are inspired by the current UK and USA seasons of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, the Ulster Historical Foundation offers a range of research services as well as millions of birth, marriage and death records and would love to help you find your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors. Visit our website for more information.

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