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Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources, or support its efforts.

Addresses of the societies are for the most part where their meetings are held as they are by-and-large not brick-and-mortar institutions.

Regional Societies[edit | edit source]

North of Ireland Family History Society
Research Centre & Office
Unit C4
Valley Business Centre
67 Church Road
Newtownabbey, County Antrim, BT36 7LS UK
Website: North of Ireland Family History Society

To promote and encourage the public and personal study of world-wide family history, genealogy, heraldry, and local history with particular reference to the North of Ireland.

NIFHS - Ballymena Branch
Michelin Arts Workshop
Braid Arts Centre
1-29 Bridge Street
Ballymena BT43 5EJ UK
Website: Ballymena Branch

NIFHS - Belfast Branch
C. S. Lewis Room
Holywood Arches Library
4-12 Holywood Road
Belfast BT4 1NT UK
Website: Belfast Branch

NIFHS - Larne Branch
Larne Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club
112-120 Glenarm Road
Larne BT40 1DZ UK
Website: Larne Branch
Website #2: Larne Branch

NIFHS - Lisburn Branch
Bridge Community Centre
50 Railway Street
Lisburn BT 28 1XP UK
Website: Lisburn Branch
Website #2: Lisburn Branch

NIFHS - Newtownabbey Branch
Drama Theatre
Glengormley High School
134 Ballyclare Road
Newtownabbey BT36 5HP UK
Website: Newtownabbey Branch
Website #2: Newtownabbey Branch

Oral History Society (Northern Ireland)
Riddel Hall
Queen’s University Belfast
185 Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5EE UK
Website: Oral History Society

Network representatives actively encourage and support the development and use of oral history in their own locality, and contribute an overview of this to an Annual Report. Covers Belfast and Counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, and Tyrone.

Ulster Archaeological Society
School of Natural and Built Environment
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN UK
Email #2:
Website: Ulster Archaeological Society
Website #2: Ulster Archaeological Society

The Ulster Archaeological Society is a charitable organisation open to anyone interested in archaeology and the wider study of our heritage particularly with regard to Ulster. Our members come from all walks of life and from all sections of the community, encompassing all ages from students to retirees; amateurs and professionals. We warmly welcome new members from Ireland and further afield.

Ulster Historical Foundation
The Corn Exchange
31 Gordon Street
Belfast BT1 2LG UK
Telephone: 028 9066 1988
Website: Ulster Historical Foundation

Ulster Historical Foundation is a not-for-profit educational charity, founded in 1956, with the simple yet important mission to tell the story of the people of the nine counties of Ulster. The Foundation seeks to disseminate heritage and cultural knowledge and to generate and provide the research and educational resources necessary to support individuals, families, groups, educators, and global diasporas in understanding the history of Ulster.

Antrim Societies[edit | edit source]

Abbey Historical Society
The White House
28-34 Whitehouse Park
Newtownabbey BT37 9SQ UK
Website: Abbey Historical Society

Ballyclare Historical Society
Old Presbyterian Church
Main Street
Ballyclare BT39 9AA UK
Website: Ballyclare Historical Society

Broughshane Historical Society
Broughshane House
70 Main Street
Broughshane BT42 4JW UK
Website: Broughshane Historical Society

Carrickfergus & District Historical Society
Carrickfergus Library Meeting Room
2 Joymount
Carrickfergus BT38 7DQ UK
Website: Carrickfergus & District Historical Society

Carrickfergus and District Historical Society engages in promoting historical knowledge about Carrickfergus and the surrounding district.

Cullybackey & District Historical Society
Royal British Legion Hall
Main Street
Cullybackey UK
Email #2:
Website: Cullybackey & District Historical Society
Website #2: Cullybackey & District Historical Society

Whether you have lived all your life in or around Cullybackey, or are a newcomer you may have acquired some knowledge of the area which helps give us a sense of place. This attachment to place and to name is not backward or contrary but real and embedded in our cultural heritage. The names of our churches, of people and their habitats, our hills and glens, streets, and townlands are repositories of history and tradition that we must cherish and celebrate.

Dromore & District Historical Group
Masonic Hal!
31 Lisburn St
Hillsborough BT26 6AB UK
Telephone: 028 9269 9712
Website: Dromore & District Historical Group

East Belfast Historical Society
Oxford Suite
Park Avenue Hotel
158 Holywood Road
Belfast BT4 1PB UK
Website: East Belfast Historical Society

Glenravel Historical Society
4 Lisnamanny Crescent
Martinstown, Ballymena BT43 6UL UK
Website: Glenravel Historical Society

Our intention is to provide an extensive range of historical and photographic information relating to the Glenravel area. The Society would seek to further the study of the rich history, traditions, and folklore of the Glenravel area, and gather and preserve historical knowledge, culture, and objects of historical interest.

The Glens of Antrim Historical Society
The Old Schoolhouse
25 Mill Street
Cushendall BT44 0RR UK
Telephone: 028 2177 1180
Website: The Glens of Antrim Historical Society
Website #2: The Glens of Antrim Historical Society

Our society was formed in 1965, and is recognised as one of the foremost Historical Societies on the island of Ireland. On our site you will find an extensive range of historical and photographic information on The Glens of Antrim area of Northern Ireland.

Killultagh Historical Society
3 Bann Lane
Glenavy, Crumlin BT29 4HP UK
Telephone: 028 9442 2494
Website: Killultagh Historical Society

Lisburn Historical Society
Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
Market Square
Lisburn BT28 1AG UK
Telephone: 28 759-5651858
Website: Lisburn Historical Society

The primary purpose is to advance through education an appreciation and understanding of the history of the City of Lisburn, its culture and heritage, through regular monthly lectures, providing improved interpretative literature, publishing a society journal, and the provision of a website.

North Antrim Local Interest List (NALIL)
Website: North Antrim Local Interest List

NALIL is a group interested mostly in genealogy but also in history, heritage, culture, current affairs, industry, geology and architecture. It focuses on the baronies of Cary and Upper and Lower Dunluce in the north of County Antrim.

Randalstown Historical Society
Community Hall
Arches House
Arches Lane Main Street
Randalstown BT41 3AB UK
Website: Randalstown Historical Society

Randalstown Historical Society was founded in 1994 and aims to advance the historical knowledge of the general public in Randalstown and its environs by the study and preservation of the history, cultural heritage, and antiquities of the region and the promotion of public interest and understanding of the above in all sections of the local community.

West Belfast Historical Society
St. Michaels Parish Centre
206 Finaghy Road North
Belfast BT11 9EH UK
Email #2:
Website: West Belfast Historical Society

The main objects and aims of the Society are to: 1) To promote local history and to keep the memories of those who went before us alive in the minds of the people of today and for future generations to ponder over, 2) To record on paper & film or other illustrations of all social, economic, or other events associated with that area of Belfast lying west of the River Lagan, 3) The Preservation, where possible, of what we consider worth preserving of the fabric of our city, and 4) The encouragement amongst people to see their city as an interested stranger might: its good and its bad points.