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I will be visiting Ireland in June, but I'm not sure if I am able to get to Armagh. Until I receive the full itinerary from the tour company I won't know how much time I'll have in the area. If I have the time, is there somewhere in Belfast I can do some research? Or maybe contact someone who could help me?

I am looking forward to seeing the beautiful country

Kay Lobegeiger 



Saturday 16th March 2019, 11:49PM

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  • Kay,

    The obvious place to suggest for research is PRONI (the public record office) in Belfast. That’s where the majority of old records for Armagh and adjacent counties are stored. There are other specialist repositories like the Linenhall Library and the Presbyterian Historical Society but their usefulness depends on things like what denomination your ancestors were and also on what sort of records you are looking for. Armagh library has a local studies section but otherwise there not many records kept in the county itself. They tend to be centralized in Belfast.

    Take your passport or other photo id to PRONI on your first day, to get your readers ticket. (Takes 2 minutes). Late opening is Thursday when it’s open till 9.00pm. Nearest rail station is Titanic, or you can get a bus there from Wellington Place in Belfast.

    You have mentioned Killeen as being where your ancestors lived. Probably helpful to mention that there are 2 places in Armagh called Killeen. One is in the parish of Killevy and the other in Lisnadill.

    If looking for research help in the Belfast area I may be able to meet you in Belfast. E-mail me on


    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 17th March 2019, 07:17AM
  • Elwyn

    Thank you for replying. I appreciate the assistance and your offer to meet. 

    As I said, until I receive the full itinerary from the tour company, I won't know the details of my stay in Belfast. However, I am determined to find some time to do a little research. I don't want to waste the trip and not try to do something. I may not get back again. 

    I will contact you as soon as I know what is happening. 

    Thanks again.



    Sunday 17th March 2019, 09:32PM
  • Elwyn, 

    Leaving for the UK tonight (Thursday). Unfortunately, we will be in Belfast for one day and night on Sunday 23rd so I won't be able to do any research. I assume the archives won't be open. Anyway, I will be able to see some of the country and how my ancestors lived, so I have to be grateful for that.

    Thank you for your help 





    Wednesday 12th June 2019, 10:56PM
  • Jay,

    I hope you enjoy your trip. Glad to have been of some help.




    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 13th June 2019, 06:44PM