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Tracing your Irish Ancestors Family History Conference, 14-21 June 2017.

We are delighted to announce that details and booking information for the Tracing your Irish Ancestors family history conference in June 2017 are now available.

Running from 14-21 June 2017, Tracing Your Irish Ancestors will offer a brand new programme which will appeal to both the dedicated family historian and those who may wish to spend more time taking in the spectacular scenery and historical sites.

New for 2017

  • Irish Genealogy Essentials Course (see below).
  • Guided tour of both Knowth and Newgrange (visit confirmed) passage
    tombs at Bru na Boinne.
  • Tour of south Antrim including, Carrickfergus Castle, one of the best
    preserved medieval structures in all of Ireland.
  • Extended stay in Derry/Londonderry to take in such sites as: St Augustine's Church, the Tower Museum, the Siege Museum, the Long Tower Church and more!
  • A visit to Ireland's only accessible rope-bridge at Carrick-a-rede.
  • A stop at Ireland's highest pub.
  • A tour of Sentry Hill - an authentic old Ulster farmhouse showing life in rural Ulster during the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Hill of the O'Neill - Ancient capital of Ulster: Stand atop the stronghold of the famous O'Neill dynasty and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Highlights of our programme for 2017

For those of you wishing to enjoy the enchanting landscape and historic sites of their ancestors we have also devised new tours this year which will include a guided tour of both Knowth and Newgrange (visit confirmed) passage tombs at Bru na Boinne; a tour of south Antrim including a trip to Carrickfergus Castle, one of the best preserved medieval structures in all of Ireland; a visit to Ireland's only accessible rope-bridge at Carrick-a-rede; a visit to Barons Court, the finest private home in Ireland; as well as the Hill of the O'Neills - the ancient capital of Ulster!

Our conference is the perfect combination of work and pleasure, offering an engaging and entertaining mix of research in the archives with the help of the Foundation's experienced genealogists, talks from acknowledged experts and a variety of tours, all of which make for a memorable experience. To get a flavour of how much others enjoyed our conferences, why not read what some of the participants said about our previous conferences by clicking here:

Early Bird Offer

If you are interested in attending our June family history conference we are pleased to announce an early bird registration offer. For those of you who register before 28 February 2017 the cost to participate in our Conference is just £799.99 (GBP) ($980 approx.). After this date the cost will be £849.99(GBP). Places can fill up fast so reserve your place now, with a deposit of only £199.99 (GBP) per person!

Given the current low value of sterling (GBP) against other currencies now is a particularly good time for overseas visitors to purchase. The present exchange rate values will ensure overseas delegates can make a very tidy saving on the cost.

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Irish Genealogy Essentials Course, 12-14 June 2017 (pre-conference activity)

A major new addition to our programming for 2017 includes an Irish Genealogy Essentials Course. This taught course will be delivered by the Foundation's expert staff and will be scheduled (12-14 June) to take place immediately prior to the formal start of our Tracing your Irish Ancestors conference itself.

This pre-conference course will offer delegates two and a half days of intensive learning, with practical demonstrations using relevant websites and other electronic resources, and will give participants full access to the Foundation's research and newspaper library, and of course the expertise of our staff and researchers.

Our Irish Genealogy Essentials Course is not part of the formal conference programme, but complementary to it, and highly recommended for those who are relatively new to Irish family history research. An additional fee applies to those signing up for this pre-conference course, but registered delegates can avail of a conference-exclusive offer of only £199.99 (GBP) for this additional 2.5 day enhancement to our conference programming for 2017.

For conference delegates intending to spend most of their week in the archives carrying out research, our Irish Genealogy Essentials Course is an ideal way to start your preparations. Delegates do not have to register for the Course, but we would highly recommend it.

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