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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 - Causeway Coast and Glens Branch
Coleraine Guide Hall
Terrace Row
Coleraine BT52 1HF UK
Website: Causeway Coast and Glens Branch
Website #2: Causeway Coast and Glens (formerly Coleraine) Family History Society
Website #3: Causeway Coast and Glens Family History Society

We are a group of people with a common interest in researching family history. Most of us are researching our own family names in the Causeway area, or in other parts of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

NIFHS - Foyle Branch
Derry Central Library
35 Foyle St
Londonderry BT48 6AL UK
Website: Foyle 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.

Londonderry Societies[edit | edit source]

Ballinascreen Historical Society
c/o 5 Tobermore Road
Draperstown BT45 7AG UK
Website: Ballinascreen Historical Society

Bellaghy Historical Society
Old School Buildings
Castle Street
Old Town Deer Park
Bellaghy, Magherafelt BT45 8LA UK
Telephone: 028 79386116
Website: Bellaghy Historical Society

Kilrea Local History Group
26 The Diamond
Kilrea BT51 5QN UK
Telephone: 028 70868610
Website: Kilrea Local History Group
Website #2: Kilrea Local History Group

Kilrea Local History Group is a voluntary group dedicated to collecting and storing local history for the community in Kilrea and beyond.

Maghera and District Genealogical & History Society
Website: Maghera and District Genealogical & History Society
Website #2: Maghera and District Genealogical & History Society

The websites are platforms for the sharing of knowledge, both genealogical and local, because as each generation passes, a little more knowledge gets lost. It is hoped, through these websites, to preserve and pass on this local knowledge.

Maghera Historical Society
Maghera Heritage & Cultural Centre
17 Coleraine Road
Maghera BT46 5BN UK
Telephone: 028 7954 9835
Website: Maghera Historical Society
Website #2: Maghera Historical Society

Maghera Historical Society’s aim is to preserve our present for tomorrow’s generations. We also wish to preserve our past and bring our history to today’s audience. We want to help people, both in Maghera and far beyond the parish, to learn a little about the town and its people and history.

New Buildings and District Archaeological and Historical Society
Community Centre
4 Duncastle Road
New Buildings BT47 2QS UK
Website: New Buildings and District Archaeological and Historical Society

The society attracts members from all sections of the local community, irrespective of religion or background. We hope, through talks and displays about the history of our area, to bring a sense of cultural and historical awareness to the local community.

Roe Valley Historical Society
Christ Church
6 Roeville Terrace
Limavady BT49 0BH UK
Telephone: 07799015078
Website: Roe Valley Historical Society