Thursday, 10 September 2015

North of Ireland Family History Society courses in Newtownabbey

From the North of Ireland Family History Society (

The North of Ireland Family History Society have released details of their new programme of courses aimed at helping family historians with their research. They are covering both traditional methods of research as well as more recent developments such as using DNA testing or Facebook to connect with cousins. Newspaper research is another key area they are covering. Additionally, the Society are running computer and scrap-booking classes to help people present their research to their families.

Classes have been arranged for daytime, evenings and weekends so something to suit everyone.

A spokesperson today said "Over the years the Society has run family history classes in local schools and libraries. When the opportunity arose for us to add a classroom to our Research Centre near Belfast, we took it as we knew the demand was there. Members worked on getting the new room ready during the Christmas holidays last year and we ran some test, members-only classes last February & May. We have now developed a full programme of classes that are open to members and non-members alike."

List of courses:
  • You’ve taken the DNA Test, what next?
  • Beginning Your Research
  • Manipulating Images in Word
  • A Beginners’ Guide to Facebook
  • Writing up Your Family History
  • A Beginner’s Guide to PowerPoint
  • Scrapping Your Family History
  • Researching Military Ancestors
  • Using Newspapers for Family History Research

The NIFHS Research Centre is in Newtownabbey, about a 15 minute drive from the centre of Belfast. There is plenty of free car-parking and the on-site cafe is usually open until about 3pm. Directions are available on the website.

For further details please visit

(With thanks to Maeve Rogan)


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