Visiting a new archive can be a daunting experience, even for the more seasoned researcher.

Each archive is unique and it can take time to get to know the cataloguing and ordering systems. If you are in Belfast for a short time, you may find it helpful to avail of our Assisted Archival Research service.

Our service offers a unique opportunity to sit down with an experienced Ulster Historical Foundation researcher in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) or another archive.

As our researchers know the archives and how to mine the information for your family history, working closely with one of our team will greatly improve your knowledge of and experience in using the archives, as well as improving your chances of success.

Our researchers will help narrow down the areas your ancestors lived, identify documents which may relate to them, and sit with you to read and interpret the original sources you will be able to view in the archive.