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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Connecting People and Place: Exploring Ulster Roots, a family history day at PRONI on Saturday 13 May

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in conjunction with the Ulster Historic Foundation, the Federation of Local Studies and the North of Ireland Family History Society will be hosting 'Connecting People and Place: Exploring Ulster Roots', a full day of family history on Saturday 13 May.

The programme includes lectures, guided tours of PRONI, and a panel discussion, and the keynote speaker will be Joe Mahon of UTV's Lesser Spotted fame. It is aimed at anyone interested to discover more about their local area or their ancestors. Admission is free and open to everyone irrespective of skills or experience – novice and more experienced researchers alike are welcome.

Morning programme 10am–12:45pm

People and place, with Joe Mahon, Keynote Speaker

An introduction to family history research, with Gillian Hunt

Getting started online at PRONI, with Janet Hancock

Making connections with local and family history: a case study, with Roddy Hegarty

The local press in Strabane in WW1, shared narratives and diverging priorities
, with John Docher

Lunch and guided tours of PRONI 12:45pm–1:45pm

Afternoon programme 1:45pm–4pm

Glenelly My Home: A Facebook project in local and family history, with Rosemary Murphy

Sources for family history in North West Ulster, with Brian Mitchell MAGI

Panel discussion, with facilitator Fintan Mullan, joined by
  • Valerie Adams: Church records [TBC]
  • Dr Brian Lambkin: Migration records
  • Dr William Roulston: Landed estate records
  • Ann Robinson: The resources of the North of Ireland Family History Society
The event will be held at PRONI's premises in Titanic Boulevard, Belfast. Admission is free. However, booking is essential as spaces are limited and these kinds of events at PRONI are usually over-subscribed. You can register for this event at Eventbrite.