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Charitable Objectives

Guild Membership

Join the Ulster Historical Foundation and be part of a global Irish and Scots-Irish community.

The Guild was established by the Ulster Historical Foundation in 1978,
to provide a forum for the Irish and Scots-Irish genealogical community.

It is designed to give you – the local and family historian – access to a
range of specialist resources and services that you will find invaluable
in your quest to complete your research.

  • Prices start from as little as £38 ($53/€43) for one year.
  • We are also currently offering a membership bundle (£45/$63/€51) which includes 24 free credits to search our BMD records as well as a one year membership.

Why not join this vibrant and growing community? Consider the following member benefits:

Membership Benefits

Incredible discounts!

Guild members enjoy huge discounts on our products and services:

  • 50% off all baptism/birth, marriage and death/burial records;
BMDs Gravestone Inscriptions Irish Parliament 200+ member-only databases Members' Area
Guild Member 2 credits Free Free Free Free
Pay As You Go 4 credits 4 credits 4 credits No Access No Access


  • 15% discount on all Ulster Historical Foundation published books on
  • discounts on our initial assessments, consultations and courses.

Access to members-only databases

As well as receiving 50% discount on our baptism/birth, marriage and death/burial records Guild members also have free, un-restricted access to hundreds of member-only databases, many covering the entire Island of Ireland as well as free access to over 50,000 gravestone inscriptions and to the History of the Irish Parliament biographical database


Guild members receive two annual journals – Familia: Ulster Genealogical Review and the Directory of Irish Family History Research. Guild members are welcome to make submissions for publication in Familia and the Directory.

Share your research interests

A key attraction of membership is to have your own research interests shared with other members, through our annual Directory as well as on an online searchable database. Members can place up to 6 ancestors, for free, and include names, dates, locations and occupations.

Access to our research library

Members can visit our offices just outside Newtownards to use our research and
newspaper library. Please telephone/email ahead of your visit.

Access to our members’ area at

The members’ area online contains over 170 articles from previous
issues of Familia and other articles on research and guides to sources.

Celebrate Ulster’s heritage: educational & social events

Be part of and contribute to a vibrant Irish research community. The
Foundation frequently holds local and international lecture tours, book
launches and other functions.

Your membership ensures that you are kept informed of all events. Celebrate Ulster’s connection with the wider world.


If you don't want to register as a Guild member, you can still register a Pay-As-You-Go account and access our pay-as-you-go records and free databases.

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