This has been our biggest project to date. The Irish Genealogical Project was established in the late 1980s and the Ulster Historical Foundation was chosen as the official IGP centre for counties Antrim and Down (including the city of Belfast). This project involved the digitising of records relating to family history for these counties. Over the last 14 years over 2 million records have been digitised. The databases include virtually all pre-1900 Catholic records and civil marriage records from 1845 to 1921 for Antrim and Down as well as a range of miscellaneous sources.
The project has benefited those seeking information on their family history, particularly people from overseas and has resulted in a significant number of people visiting Northern Ireland. Through its training aspects, the project has benefited young people and the long term unemployed. In 2005 the birth / baptism and marriage databases were made available online on a pay-per-view basis. The Ulster Historical Foundation was the first centre in Ireland to do this and the venture has proved remarkably successful.