the 1970s and early 1980s there was an upsurge in
interest in roots and ancestor tracing. Family History
must now be one of the most popular hobbies in the
western world. If you go to the you will see the number
of branches that now exist throughout Northern Ireland
and there are links to sites worldwide. Local history
experienced a similar upsurge in the 1960s and 1970s
which led to the creation of Local Historical Societies
and . Here you will find links to all of the member
societies that have web sites.
of my publications on Family and Local History
Study of the History of a Townland: A Worksheet",
Ulster Local Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1976,
pp. 15-17. A revised version of this paper was published
in Ulster Local Studies, Vol. 9, 1984, pp.
Historical Studies of rural areas: methods and sources",
Irish Archives Bulletin, Vol. 6, 1976, pp.
4-31. An online copy of this article is hosted on
the Aughty.org website at
"Forttown, County Antrimí, in W. H. Crawford
& R. H. Foy (eds.), Townlands in Ulster -
Local History Studies, Ulster Historical Foundation
in association with the Federation for Ulster Local
Studies, Belfast, 1998, pp. 35-65. A copy of this
paper can found within the Members Area on the
Ulster Historical Foundation
website. Note that this book contains a further
seven townlands studies [by different authors] relating
to Counties Antrim, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone. I
think UHF still have some copies of this book at a
on Researching Derry & Londonderry Ancestors: A
practical guide for family and local historians,
a fuller list of my publications - click
recent books of relevance to the Ballymoney and Coleraine
of Conflict: A Coleraine Manís War 1939-1945.
book of relevance to the Dungiven District.
Gelvin Historical Society, Dungiven have published
a new book GELVIN: the Home Place. For more
and other information on:
of Ireland Family History Society website.
Federation for Ulster Local Studies website.
Family History Handbooks for Ireland & Ulster
Grenham, Tracing your Irish Ancestors,
Gill and Macmillan, Dublin, 1999 (Second Edition).
Mitchell, Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy, Genealogical
Publishing Company, Baltimore, 2002 (Second Edition).
Maxwell (edited by Grace McGrath), Tracing
your Ancestors in Northern Ireland, PRONI, Belfast,
1997. PRONI has a series of free leaflets on Tracing
your Family Tree which are available in the Search
Maxwell, Researching Armagh Ancestors: A
practical guide for the family and local historian,
Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, 2000.
Maxwell, et.al, Researching Down Ancestors:
A practical guide for the family and local historian,
Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, 2004.
J. Roulston, Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors:
The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern
Ulster, 1600-1800, Ulster Historical Foundation,
useful books on Local History
Gillespie and Myrtle Hill, Doing Irish Local History:
Pursuit and Practice, Institute of Irish Studies,
Queen's University of Belfast, 1998.
Collins, Pathways to Ulster's Past: Sources and
Resources for Local Studies, Institute of Irish
Studies, Queen's University of Belfast, 1998.
Bardon, A Guide to Local History sources in the
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Blackstaff
Press, Belfast, 2000.
Local History in Schools
are two unpublished papers and a bibliography that
I wrote some time ago when I was teaching in the University
of Ulster. Though now somewhat dated, some of you
might find them useful.
History Paper, 1980.
thoughts on Local History Post NIC, 2003.
History Bibliography, 2003.
PGCE 2013. [PowerPoint file]
useful addresses of repositories, etc.