Friday, 15 February 2013

Exploring Your Roots exhibition in Belfast

From the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (

PRONI is delighted to host ‘Exploring Your Roots’, a family history exhibition on temporary loan from Mid-Antrim Museums Service. ‘Exploring Your Roots’ will be open to the public at PRONI from Monday 18th February until Friday 15th March.

Exploring Your Roots looks at the unique resources available for those seeking to find out more about their family history, both in museums and at PRONI. Rate books, burial records and business ledgers can contain useful information such as the names of those who owned land or worked in a particular industry. Family photographs, often contained in faded albums, capture a moment in time. These images can be explored to show how people lived and worked in earlier times.

Photographs, maps, documents and artefacts held by museums help to place our ancestors in their day-to-day world.

While it is exciting to discover the name of an ancestor in museum records, it can be equally interesting just to explore the world in which people lived in the past.

The exhibition was designed to offer a flavour of the diverse collections held within the Mid-Antrim Museums Service and to offer people a source of reference or context for the items they may find at home.

(With thanks to Gavin McMahon at PRONI)


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