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Newsletter – 8 July 2014


We are pleased to advise that The Other Tongues: An Introduction to Writing in Gaelic and Scots in Ulster and the West of Scotland has been added to our Book Store.

This beautifully produced hardback anthology is published by Irish Pages and aimed at the general reader in English as well as in Irish, Scots Gaelic and Scots.

We have now received our stock of Abercorn: The Hamiltons of Barons Court. For the many of you who placed orders in advance of publication, you will soon receive your copy. Dr William Roulston’s lavish and extensive history of this great Ulster family is available on our website for £30.00.

Special Offers

While stocks allow, we hope you might avail of these new special offers:

We would also like to draw your attention to a number of great publications which have been added to our site that you may have missed. We only have a limited number of the following books so take advantage while you can!

Activity Holidays

We are very much looking forward to our Ulster History and Genealogy Autumn School in September ( which will conclude our 2014 activity holiday programme. However planning has already begun for our 2015 programme and we are currently preparing for a major family history conference in the autumn of 2015. While we hope to advise you of the details before the end of the summer, it is likely that our week long event will be hosted around the Labour Day holiday (September 7 2015) and will include a trip to the archives in Dublin.

Research Library

Our Research Library is located at our offices at 49 Malone Road in Belfast and is open to visitors (free for guild members, small daily fee for non-members). Our collection focuses on family and local history as well as emigration. We would welcome donations of books on these topics and are particularly keen to add to our collection of local history books as well as journals of local historical societies. You can search our library collection on our website

New online genealogical resources

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) now has its own YouTube Channel where it posts videos of talks and conferences: This includes the conference ‘Plantation Families: People, Records and Resources-A Family and Local History Event on the Plantation of Ulster’ which was organised by the Ulster Historical Foundation in partnership with PRONI and Derry City Council Heritage & Museum Service/Archive & Genealogical Service in September 2013 on behalf of the R.J. Hunter Committee. Other talks on this channel include the ‘Open University Exploring Family History Lecture Series’ and ‘After the Gathering: Dissonant Voices in Irish Diaspora Studies – Reflections on the Irish diaspora in the aftermath of ‘The Gathering’ initiative’.

The Representative Church Body Library in Dublin has just released a list of the Church of Ireland parish registers and where they are held. This resource is now complete for the Republic of Ireland and the RCB Library is working with PRONI to finish the list for Northern Ireland. This is available through the RCB Library website

Finally the General Register Office of Ireland has put their birth, marriage and death indexes online from 1864 to 1921 for the whole of Ireland (from 1845 for non-Catholic marriages) and from 1922 to 2013 for the Republic of Ireland Only the indexes are currently available through this government website but it should be noted that our sister site holds many civil and church records for almost all counties of Ireland.

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