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Tracing your Belfast Ancestors


Straddling parts of Counties Antrim and Down, the city of Belfast has seen its fair share of history across the centuries. From its humble beginnings as a ford based settlement between two tributaries of the River Lagan, it grew following its grant of a charter in 1613 to become a corporation town, and expanded dramatically when later made a city in 1888. Along the way it has experienced the darkest of times, including the Belfast Blitz and the recent Troubles, to some of the most enlightened developments across Ireland and the UK. In Tracing Your Belfast Ancestors, genealogist and best-selling author Chris Paton provides an overview of resources for those wishing to trace their ancestors from the Northern Irish capital, both through online resources and within the city of Belfast itself – and with a wee bit of craic along the way!

Can't make this time? Book anyway as this talk will be recorded and available to watch for 2 weeks. 

Chris PatonAbout the speaker:  

Chris Paton is originally from Northern Ireland and is a Scottish based professional genealogist running the Scotland’s Greatest Story ancestral research service. A holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies, Chris has tutored for the University of Strathclyde’s postgraduate genealogical studies program and teaches online Scottish and Irish genealogy courses through Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd. Chris is a regular contributor to several UK and Ireland based family history publications, has authored twenty books and guides, and also writes the daily Scottish GENES (Genealogy News and Events) blog at He has lectured across Britain, Ireland, Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, and currently serves as a member of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland's stakeholder forum. Chris has also previously served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Scottish Archive Network.

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