Friday, February 12, 2016

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors A Summer Family History Conference

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors 
A Summer Family History Conference June 15-22, 2016

Each day of the conference presents delegates with a choice of assisted research in the archives with our team of experienced genealogists or an excursion to a place of historic interest, including Dublin, Giant's Causeway, and Titanic Belfast.

Here is just an example of what one day at the conference looks like:

Research at PRONI or morning and afternoon visit to Titanic's Dry Dock, Pump House and Visitor Centre

09.15 - Transport leaves Ramada Encore for introductions, registration, tour and lectures at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

11.15  -  Talks by UHF and PRONI staff on useful sources and records or visit to the Thompson Dry Dock (where the Titanic was finished and last rested before the fateful voyage) and Pump-House with its massive pumps and gargantuan hydraulic accumulator

13.00 -  Lunch at PRONI

14.00 -  Afternoon of assisted research at PRONI or trip to Titanic Belfast, the critically acclaimed and world's largest Titanic visitor experience

18.30 -  Evening meal and talk in Belfast's historic Ulster Reform Club

Ulster Historical Foundation has been conducting genealogical research for 60 years and has helped tens of thousands of people learn more about their Irish roots. Throughout their conferences, their experienced and expert research staff will be on hand in the archives to provide you with the advice you need to help find your ancestors. They will be available to direct you to sources that could be helpful in your quest for more information on your forebears, and will be ready to assist with reading difficult handwriting and understanding more about the documents you will be consulting.

In addition, their staff and expert colleagues from kindred organizations will be with delegates during the tours, so even if you are taking a break from actual research, to visit one of the superb attractions, you will still be able to speak with them about your research interests and priorities throughout the week. And when we go to Dublin to visit the archives and repositories their staff will be joined by colleagues, some of the most experienced genealogists in Dublin, to help maximize your time during the day.
Delegates are also able to avail of their research assessment service, where they complete a preliminary report, and advise on search strategies for the duration of the conference, for each delegate who submits a completed research questionnaire. These are prepared in advance of the conferences, providing you with the opportunity to consider the contents and plan your research accordingly or peruse the online catalogs for PRONI and the National Library prior to arrival. The research assessment is also an ideal tool to help those with limited archival experience get started in the archives in Belfast and Dublin.

This very practical, hands-on support for family historians, blended with our array of fascinating tours to some of Ireland’s most appealing attractions is what makes attending the Foundation’s family history conference a truly unique and memorable experience.

The price is £749.99. What is included in the price? For all those taking part in Tracing Your Irish Ancestors the following is included:

  • Six evening meals
  • Six lunches
  • Four morning tea/coffee
  • Transport during the event
  • Talks and tours
  • Entrance fees
  • Research assistance by professional genealogists
Please note that travel to and from Northern Ireland and accommodation are not included in the price, and delegates will need to make their own reservations for accommodation during the Tracing your Irish Ancestors event. To allow you to reserve the accommodation of your choice, and which suits your own needs/interests, click here for further information on where to stay.

Tour Information

Please note: As there are capacity limits at many of the sites we will be visiting, there is a maximum number of delegates that can be accommodated on the tours. This is limited to 50 places, (or in the case of the Kilmainham and Trinity College tours in Dublin 35 places).

To avoid disappointment, if you, or your travel companion, wish to be included on any specific tour itinerary, please make sure you confirm your choice of tour as soon as possible after completing your registration.

To help you decide, check the program section of the website for more details on the tour itineraries.

NB: This does not apply to our Saturday excursion to Derry/Londonderry, as all delegates will be traveling together on this day

Be sure to check their website for registration information and alternative conference dates. 

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