Monday, 14 September 2009

The Route Back Home, Ballymoney 2010 Update

The Route Back Home, a family historian and genealogist meeting in Ballymoney in 2010, is seeking input about a new development that impacts the planned Ulster heritage event. All interested parties are asked to email Keith Beattie with suggestions on how The Route Back Home should proceed. The Route Back Home is a major family history and genealogy event sponsored by the Ballymoney Borough Council.

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The Route Back Home, Ballymoney 2010

Dear Family Historian,

Since my last correspondence, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has announced that they will be closing from September 2010-May 2011. This is to allow the transfer of all their records to new premises. Please refer to the following link for further details:

The closure of this important archive facility will impact on the amount of research that overseas family historians can perform during their stay for The Route Back Home, Ballymoney 2010. Therefore, I am writing to ask for your opinion on whether the festival should continue or be cancelled.


Overseas visitors may feel that without access to PRONI it would be difficult to fully research family history during their brief stay. For some, this may be their only opportunity to visit Northern Ireland to look for their ancestors.

Proceed as planned:

If The Route Back Home, Ballymoney 2010 proceeds as planned in October 2010, every effort will be made to advise on alternative sources for the information that will be inaccessible in PRONI. For example:

· Ballymoney Branch Library: Archives of the Ballymoney newspapers and books on local history. Internet access (by appointment).

· Coleraine Branch Library: Microfilm copies of many of the church records for the Causeway region (Ballymoney, Coleraine, Moyle and Limavady) are available, in addition to archives of Coleraine and Ballymoney newspapers.

· Local Studies Unit, Ballymena Branch Library: A substantial archive of genealogical material is available including the 1901 census, Griffith Valuation (with maps) and archive copies of the Ballymena & Larne newspapers and The Belfast Newsletter.

· Other resources include the Derry Genealogy Centre, Northern Ireland Family History Society (by appointment) and the General Register Office (by appointment).

Ballymoney Borough Council welcomes your feedback on this question. Please respond to this email within seven days to allow Council the opportunity to make their decision.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Keith Beattie
Museum Manager

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