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I’m looking forward to delivering a talk to the Ballymena Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) on Thursday 29 October, entitled, ‘A Virtual Tour of the Major Archives.’

With closures and restrictions still in place our genealogy research can suffer. However, many of the major archives have a substantial amount of information available online and this talk will take us on a short tour so that we can see the range of material available. The talk will concentrate on material that is useful for searching Irish ancestors and Northern Irish ancestors.

The archives that we will cover are:

· Public Records Office Northern Ireland (PRONI)

· The National Archives of Ireland

· The National Archives (Kew)

· The National Library of Ireland

· The Registry of Deeds

We will also cover finding aids for locating useful documents held in other archives throughout the country.

The talk is open to all members and associate members of the NIFHS and will be held via Zoom. Please see the programme for details of how to join the talk.

Membership of North of Ireland Family History Society

If you’re interested in joining the NIFHS you can find more information here: https://www.nifhs.org/

There are 11 branches located in Northern Ireland and if you live overseas, associate membership is an alternative option.

Members can attend any of the branches talks for free and most branches have developed a programme for online delivery for the time being.


Natalie Bodle, a native of Northern Ireland is the author of the Roots Blog and founder of Roots Revealed. She is a professionally qualified genealogist and is a member of APG. She is also a qualified tour guide and a member of TGNI.

Roots Revealed provides genealogy research services to clients who are searching for their Irish, Northern Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors, in addition to bespoke genealogy tours and family history courses and talks. For more information about the full range of services provided by Roots Revealed, please visit www.rootsrevealed.co.uk or get in touch by emailing enquiries@rootsrevealed.co.uk

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