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Ulster Historical Foundation

Tracing your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors - 05-12 September 2018

Running from 05-12 September 2018 Tracing your Irish Ancestors 2018 will mark the tercentenary of the 1718 migration and 300+ years of Irish migration with visits to sites and places synonymous with the migration of Ulster and Irish families to the New Worlds (North America, Australasia, South Africa etc).

Choose to research in the archives or visit some of Ireland’s most historic sites

This year's event is aimed at the dedicated family historian, the curious traveller interested in learning more about the migration experience of their ancestors and the avid sightseer who prefer to spend more time savouring the enchanting landscape and historic sites of their ancestors.

During our 7 day conference you will be able to shape your own experiences by choosing to either research in the different archives in Belfast and Dublin or join our staff on daily excursions through Ireland's beautiful landscape to some of its most historic sites.

One of the best aspects of the conference (outside our wonderful day trips to these great visitor attractions) is that delegates will have the chance to sit down with a genealogist and work out a research strategy.

At our conferences there is always someone nearby if you hit a brick wall. With a number of different genealogists on hand throughout the week, if they choose to do so, our delegates are able to obtain advice from a different expert every day. And our panel have their own particular research specialisms to offer our guests.

300+ years of Irish migration

Trips during our 2018 programme will see you embark on a guided through the Bann Valley, the area in Ulster most directly associated with the 1718 migration; walk on the walls and explore the historic port city of Derry~Londonderry, one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe; uncover the stories of some of the earliest people to travel from Ulster to Australia at the Down Museum; visit the Ulster American Folk Park which is dedicated to the story of emigration from Ulster to North America in the 18th and 19th centuries; as well as delving deeper into the past with visits to the Hill of the O’Neill in Dungannon to learn about the 'Flight of the Earls' in 1607, when two of Ulster's leading lords left the island for Continental Europe, never to return and Barons Court, the magnificent seat of the Duke of Abercorn whose ancestors migrated from Scotland over 400 years ago.

Family HIstory UlsterThese tours are also enlivened with visits to other renowned historical sites of interest across the island of Ireland as you will journey into pre-history to marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage site at Newgrange and look out onto the North Atlantic Ocean from the stones of the Giant’s Causeway.

You will also visit Kilmainham Gaol, one of Dublin city’s most important monuments and visitor attractions and view the beautifully illustrated Book of Kells at Trinity College. Not to mention dining at Belfast’s historic Harbour Commission and at the highest pub in Ireland, the Ponderosa (set at the top of the Glenshane Pass in the Sperrin Mountains).

Join us in September and learn about the dramatic history of Ulster and the lives of your Irish ancestors. You will be made very welcome. For more information please visit:

Join us in September and learn about the dramatic history of Ulster and the lives of your Irish ancestors. You will be very welcome. For more information please visit:

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About Ulster Historical Foundation

Established in 1956, the Foundation is a registered charity and self-sustaining not-for-profit organisation. It offers its extensive knowledge to help people around the world trace and share their Irish and Scots-Irish history and to broaden their understanding of and interest in the rich history of the province of Ulster. In pursuit of this goal UHF provides a range of activities, including: genealogical and historical research services and book publishing.