North of Ireland

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About us

In taking forward its key objective of fostering an interest in family history with special reference to families who have roots in the North of Ireland and their descendants wherever they may be, the North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) has established a project to use DNA testing as an aid to making genealogical connections within and between families whose roots are in the North of Ireland.

The purpose of the project is to

  • Promote DNA testing by those whose heritage is from the North of Ireland.

  • Offer information, support and training for those who test and manage DNA tests of others.

  • Share DNA results to facilitate genealogical connections.

  • Carry out research into the DNA of the North of Ireland.

The Society provides volunteer Project Administrators and Co-Administrators who promote and administer the project via branch meetings, local and family history events, social media and other appropriate communication channels to Society members, their families and members of the public with North of Ireland roots.

The project covers Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (atDNA). To aid the analysis of results, standards of testing and the efficiency of support the project promotes testing through FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA), although not exclusively. Discounts are available from FTDNA if orders are placed through the DNA project.

The Society runs regular courses on DNA testing for beginners, intermediates and advanced learners. Details are available at If you have attended our DNA courses you are welcome to join our monthly DNA interest group. Its purpose is to educate, to give people an opportunity to work on their matches and to learn from each other.

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Registered Charity NIC106071