Learn more about your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors in 2020
Learn about the lives and experiences of your ancestors first-hand, researching in the different archives of Belfast and Dublin alongside a dedicated team of professional researchers and visiting important historical sites and visitor attractions across the Island of Ireland. Visit the land of your ancestors and make 2020 the year of discovery.
The Ulster Historical Foundation will be hosting a number of family history tours, conferences and research programmes in 2020 which will suit all tastes and levels of experience. Whether you want to find out more about that long lost ancestor or explore the land they called home, an Ulster Historical Foundation programme may be exactly what you are looking for!
Tracing your Irish Ancestors: Family History Conference, 10 – 17 June 2020
Assisted personal research, talks, tours and sightseeing are all part of the eclectic, friendly and fun mix of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors.
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors 2020 will see you look out onto the North Atlantic Ocean from the stones of the Giant’s Causeway; discover how men and women like your ancestors influenced and shaped much of the modern world at EPIC Ireland; stand in one of Dublin City’s most important historical monuments and learn about the tumultuous history of Ireland at the turn of 20th century at the GPO Witness History Museum; explore Derry~Londonderry, one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe; walk in the footsteps of Ireland’s patron saint and journey through beautiful County Down visiting the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland at Killyleagh and Hillsborough Castle — the official Northern Ireland palace of the Royal Family.
Crucially for the research enthusiast, all your time can alternatively be spent researching in the archives of Belfast and Dublin with the Foundation’s team of researchers (or a mix of the two).
Irish Family History Experience: Introduction to Irish Genealogy, 07 – 12 September 2020
Irish Family History Experience will appeal to the budding family history researcher wishing to make the first step towards research success as well as the dedicated family historian wishing to break down those genealogical brick walls.
The week will begin in the classroom with our genealogists and will see you learn how to get to grips with research techniques, archives and genealogical sources in Ireland; providing you with the information and skills to further explore your family history during the course and after.
Following the classroom portion of the programme delegates will have a choice of assisted research in the archives with our team of experienced genealogists or excursions to places of historic interest including; Barons Court, the magnificent seat of the Duke of Abercorn; Kilmainham Gaol, one of Dublin City’s most important monuments and visitor attractions; the natural wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway as well as touring the walled city of Derry~Londonderry
In just six days Irish Family History Experience will give you the skills and experience to further explore your family history and help you find your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.
Researching your Irish Ancestors: Assisted Research Programme, 05 – 09 October 2020
This enhanced research programme offers you the chance to spend a week focusing on your family history research. You will spend each day of the programme researching in the various archives of Belfast and Dublin, guided and supported by our team of researchers. As the team of Ulster Historical Foundation know the archives and how to mine the information for your family tree, working closely with our researchers will greatly improve your experience in the archives as well as increasing your chances of success.
Researching your Irish Ancestors presents a great opportunity to break down any genealogical brick walls and unlock your family history.
For over 30 years Ulster Historical Foundation’s family history tours, conferences and research programmes have been all about helping you trace your roots and find deeper connections with the land of your ancestors. Register today for a rewarding and enjoyable experience that you will never forget.
Cavan County Council, including Cavan Genealogy Centre, have organised a homecoming festival for the Cavan diaspora and their friends from 20-23 August 2020. Click the link to find out more about this exciting range of events which will be taking place next year!
Brian Mitchell of our Derry Centre has been assisting Harry Wenzel from Pennsylvania as he writes a novel based upon the story of the ship named the Faithful Steward which sailed from Derry to Philadelphia in 1785. The article below from the Derry Journal tells the story.