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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 - Killyleagh Branch
Killyleagh Masonic Hall
50 High Street
Killyleagh BT30 9QF UK
Website: Killyleagh Branch
Website #2: Killyleagh Branch

The society has a repository and reference centre in premises at Newtownabbey, where a wide collection of records can be accessed and research carried out to assist in tracing family members from days gone by.

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.

Down Societies[edit | edit source]

Auld Bangor Historical and Cultural Society
Fealty's Lounge
35 High Street
Bangor BT20 5BE UK
Telephone: 28 9146 0088
Website: Auld Bangor Historical and Cultural Society

A friendly society of people interested in local historical and cultural events and visits.

Banbridge Historical Society
Banbridge Old Town Hall
1 Scarva Street
Banbridge BT32 3DA UK
Telephone: 07718820851
Website: Banbridge Historical Society

The purpose of the organisation is to encourage and develop an interest in and awareness of all aspects of history. The beneficiaries of the organisation's purpose are people of the local area who wish to become more informed about the history of the area.

Bangor Historical Society
Good Templar Hall
1A Hamilton Rd
Bangor BT20 4JP UK
Website: Bangor Historical Society
Website #2: Bangor Historical Society

Bangor Historical Society was founded in November 1976 by the late Karl Smyth to encourage the study of and to promote public interest in local history. Between September and April of each year we run a programme of regular Lectures and Visits on aspects of History, Folklore, Archaeology, and Antiquities with a special reference to our local area of Bangor, Co Down, Northern Ireland.

Carryduff Historical Society
Lough Moss Centre
Hillsborough Road
Carryduff BT8 8HR UK
Website: Carryduff Historical Society
Website #2: Carryduff Historical Society

The society was formed in 2000 and its objectives are the study and encouragement of public interest in the history, folklore, archaeology, and antiquities, of the region in and around Carryduff, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK.

Comber Historical Society
Comber Learning Centre
1 Park Way
Comber BT23 5AR UK
Telephone: 028 97521014
Website: Comber Historical Society

The Society was formed in 2000 and aims to preserve and record information relating to Comber and to make it available to all those with an interest in our town.

Lecale & Downe Historical Society
Down County Museum
The Mall
Downpatrick BT30 6AH UK
Telephone: 028 4483 131
Email #2:
Website: Lecale & Downe Historical Society
Website #2: Lecale & Downe Historical Society

The Society is established for exclusively charitable purposes to encourage public interest in, and promote the study of, local histories and environments and, in particular, those of the Barony of Lecale and adjacent areas in County Down.

Saintfield Heritage Society
Woodrow Room
Parish Church Hall
45 Main Street
Saintfield BT24 7AB UK
Website: Saintfield Heritage Society

The principal object of the Society is to advance the public education in all aspects of the history of Saintfield and its surrounding districts, including the geography, folklore, customs, dialects, place names, etc. of the area.

Upper Ards Historical Society
Ballyphilip Parish Centre
High Street
Website: Upper Ards Historical Society
Website #2: Upper Ards Historical Society

The Upper Ards Historical Society was formed with the aim of researching and recording the history of the Ards Peninsula in County Down. The name is taken from the area which is known as The Barony of Upper Ards.