29 February, 09:30 - 15:30

Want to discover your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors?

Many people believe that researching Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922. While many records were destroyed, others survived and have come online in recent years.

Join experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research.

Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss this workshop!

Gillian speaking Ottawa

Programme Details

Staff from the Ulster Historical Foundation – Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt will present a seminar on Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy for beginners and active family historians.

Gillian and Fintan last visited Australia and New Zealand on a lecture tour in 2017 culminating in New Zealand Society of Genealogists’ 50th Anniversary Conference and are delighted to be returning again in 2024.

  • Date: Thursday, 29 February 2024
  • Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
  • Location: Christchurch Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Christchurch (There is ample parking onsite and there is a cafe within 750 metres for lunch)


  • £30 or approx. NZ$60 for general public
  • £25 or approx. NZ$50 for members of UGHG or NZSG, and any bona fide genealogy groups in the Christchurch/Canterbury area that are not affiliated to NZSG.
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Note: the programme registration will be charged in UK pounds, the approx. equivalent values - NZ$60 (for the general public) and NZ$50 (for members of the Ulster Genealogical and Historical Guild or New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG), and any bona fide genealogy groups in the Christchurch/Canterbury area that are not affiliated to NZSG) are for information only.

Eligible parties should enter the discount code supplied at checkout.

Gillian Hunt

About the speakers - Gillian

Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and is responsible for the management of the Foundation's many genealogical activities. As well as managing the genealogy side of the Foundation’s work, Gillian carries out research for clients and is a hugely experienced user of the General Register Office and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

She regularly teaches courses in Northern Ireland and gives talks on family history in the rest of the UK and Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Gillian has been co-presenting our annual North American lecture tours since 2013 and has been with the Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001.

Fintan Headshot

About the speakers - Fintan

Fintan Mullan is Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and has been responsible for the management of this successful Northern Ireland-based, educational non-profit since 2001. He has extensive experience in Irish family history research and is a regular international speaker on Irish genealogy, having spoken in Ireland, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most of the lower 48 states of the USA. He has managed the production of over 150 Irish history and genealogy titles, including the perennial favourite, Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors.

Fintan has ensured the Foundation has been at the forefront of developments in Irish genealogy, including heritage tourism products and the provision of online resources. He helped to pioneer www.rootsireland.ie, the unique database with over 22 million Irish historical records. He is a non-executive director of the Irish Family History Foundation.

About the Organisation

Ulster Historical Foundation has been helping people to trace their Irish and Ulster ancestors for 65+ years, and is one of the most experienced, long established and highly reputable organisations in Ireland in the field of Irish family history. For more information on our services please visit: www.ulsterhistoricalfoundation.com

The Foundation is a leading genealogical research agency in Ireland and a major publisher of historical, educational and genealogical source books. It has also devised a series of ground-breaking online historical and genealogical resources, which have helped to transform the availability of Irish records for family historians at home and abroad.

The Foundation is a non-profit organisation (Registered Charity No. NIC 1002800) based in Northern Ireland and established in 1956 to promote interest in Irish genealogy and history, with reference to the historic nine-county province of Ulster.

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