Friday 6 March 2020

NIFHS to host Digital Scanning Roadshow in Co Tyrone

As one of its 40th Anniversary Year of Celebrations, the North of Ireland Family History Society is hosting a Digital Scanning Roadshow in Dungannon tomorrow.

The special event is being held in co-operation with Queen's University Belfast's Centre for Digital Data Analysis (CDDA) at the Hill of The O’Neill, Ranfurly House, Dungannon, County Tyrone from 10am to 4pm, and it's open to all comers.

Members of the Society and the public are invited to bring along small artefacts, documents etc to be digitally recorded or scanned with their stories, for the preservation of the information and the item – this is provided to the owner, but, with that owner's permission, it could be shared with the NIFHS, or archived for future researchers.

Visitors to the “Antiques Roadshow” style event will have the opportunity to share photographs, stories and objects associated with their family history. Each contributor will be greeted on arrival by a member of the Digital Scanning Team before being assigned to a researcher.

Experienced researchers from Queen’s CDDA will be on hand to record stories and scan treasured family items of memorabilia, photographs, letters and artefacts.

Entry is free and complimentary refreshments will be available to visitors. There will also be a display area where you can talk with local organisations to find out more about exploring your family history and local heritage, and an opportunity to discuss DNA testing and its use in genealogy; DNA testing kits will be on sale, too. The venue, Ranfurly House, has a free interactive history exhibition and a coffee shop.

After the event, contributors will receive digital images of the object by email or other agreed method.