Regular Genealogy Courses are provided by Roots Revealed - these courses are ideal for those who would like to learn more about how to do their own family history research, build their family tree and find out about the wide range of Irish ancestral records that are available.  The next course starts on 24 March 2020 in The Braid, Ballymena, County Antrim.  Genealogy and family history talks on a variety of topics can be delivered to local groups, associations and schools.



March 2020 to June 2020

​​​​The next genealogy course will run in partnership with The Braid, Mid Antrim Museum which is part of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.  It will be an 11-week evening course held in The Braid Museum and Arts Centre in Ballymena, and will commence on 24 March 2020.  If you would like to regist​er your interest and reserve a place on the next course, you can do so here.




Many people are interested in genealogy and finding out about their own family history, but they often aren’t sure where or how to start.  Others may have made a start in researching their ancestors but have hit a brick wall and don’t know how to overcome it.   Many Irish records were destroyed in the 19th and 20th centuries, due to the Four Courts explosion in 1922 during the Irish Civil War and also deliberate Government policy.  This resulted in the loss of many Irish records  and as a result Irish genealogy has a reputation of being difficult.  It just means that we need to be a bit more inventive and use different record sets and it is possible for many family historians to trace their ancestors back to the late 1700’s or early 1800’s without too much difficulty.  Others, such as for example, those who have landowners in their family may be able to go much further back.

​​The Exploring Your Roots Genealogy Course is an evening course aimed at a broad range of people from novices with no experience to those who have been hobby genealogists for some time, including:

  • Those who are interested in researching their family tree but don’t know where to start

  • Those who have some experience but would like to know how to make more progress

  • Those who have hit a brick wall in their research and would like ideas to overcome it

  • Those who would like to take a DNA test, but aren't sure which is the best one to take, or you've already taken a DNA test but aren't sure what to do with the results or what they're telling you?

​The course will cover a broad range of Irish ancestry records and sources that will help you to research your family tree and will give you a grounding in good genealogical practice that will help you to carry out your research effectively. 

  • You will have a greater knowledge of the available resources and improved confidence to use them when researching your family tree.

  • You’ll gain a greater understanding of the lives of your ancestors, their time in place and how both key local and national events shaped their lives. 

  • You will be mixing with like-minded people who have a desire to find out more about their ancestry.  Who knows – you might meet a new cousin or two?

  • The course will be delivered by a trainer and genealogist who has years of experience under her belt.


The course will include the following subjects:

  • Getting started and organising your research

  • Sources of information

  • Units of administration – townlands, parishes, baronies, DED’s Poor Law Unions, etc

  • Place names

  • Surnames and naming traditions

  • Civil registration

  • Church records

  • Burial records and gravestone inscriptions

  • Census and census substitutes

  • Land, property and valuation records

  • Estate records

  • Military records

  • Education records

  • Occupational records

  • Printed sources

  • Wills and testamentary records

  • Local government records

  • Electoral records

  • Law and order

  • Emigration and transportation

  • Introduction to DNA

  • Tour of PRONI


Each week you will get a PowerPoint handout and an email with a list of useful sources, websites, reference materials, etc for each topic that we cover.

The next course will run each Tuesday evening from 24 March 2020 to 02 June 2020, with a break on 14 April as it is Easter Tuesday.  The classes will run from 19.00 to 21.00 each evening. An additional date will be arranged for a visit to the Public Records Office at Belfast (PRONI).  Course dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday 24 March 2020

  • Tuesday 31 March 2020

  • Tuesday 07 April 2020

  • Tuesday 14 April 2020 - no class due to Easter

  • Tuesday 21 April 2020

  • Tuesday 28 April 2020

  • Tuesday 05 May 2020

  • Tuesday 12 May 2020

  • Tuesday 19 May 2020

  • Tuesday 26 May 2020

  • Tuesday 02 June 2020

  • An additional date to be arranged for a visit to PRONI

The course will be held at:

The Braid, Ballymena Town Hall Museum & Arts Centre
1 - 29 Bridge Street
BT43 5EJ

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The course costs £85.

Please register your interest in the the course by completing the form below.  Note that children aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

Once you have registered, you will be invoiced by email for £85, within two working days.


You can pay this online via a link that will be provided on your invoice, or you can pay by cheque and post it if you prefer (details will be included on the invoice).


Please check your email for the invoice which will come from and add this to your safe senders list, to ensure it doesn't go into your spam folder.

Your place on the course will be confirmed once payment has been received.

If you have any queries that are not covered here, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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​​Local groups and schools may be interested in talks on a range of genealogy and family history related subjects. 


Any of the topics delivered on the Genealogy: Researching Your Family History Evening Course can be tailored and delivered to your group as a one-off talk.  Other subjects that you might find of interest are:


  • Getting started in researching your family tree - top tips and best websites for the beginner

  • Surnames and naming traditions and how these can help you determine your ancestors

  • Heraldry – decoding the symbols and imagery


If there is a particular topic that you’d like delivered to your group but that isn’t covered here, just get in touch with your idea.


Cost – available on application.  Concessionary rates may apply for registered charities and schools.