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A spokesperson told Irish Genealogy News: "This year, in a first for the Society, NIFHS is including the Open Day event as part of the island's Heritage Week initiative. This is because this year's Heritage Week theme – Generations exploring heritage together – is so appropriate. The Society is keen to encourage younger generations to explore their roots and we have introduced a new 'Junior Genie' character that has proved very successful.
"There will also be a focus on World War One. One of our Council members, Mike McKeag, will be helping visitors find more information about their ancestors and encouraging them to submit their relatives' details to the Imperial War Museum's 'Lives of the First World War' project."
The doors to the Society's Research Centre & Library will be open from 10:30am to 4:30pm and the Society's friendly volunteers will be on hand to help members and non-members alike to discover its many useful resources or to offer some research guidance.
The research centre is at Unit C4, Valley Business Centre, 67 Church Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim BT36 7LS.