ABC Family History Association is all about making connections! Our members usually have some connection with the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (ABC) council area or Northern Ireland itself, whether they live there or their family came from there, no matter how long ago. We run family history courses to teach people how to find the connections between us and know who our ancestors were, where they came from, what they did and how they lived. Members can also take part in projects to use those skills and share results. We love to welcome those from overseas to our area and help them get the most from their trip to their ancestral homeland!
You can join ABC Family History Association as an Online Member who can enjoy our web page and online family history courses and workshops and start or take part in projects, or you take out one of our local Membership categories for individuals, couples and students who can also attend events we organise in Northern Ireland, which will be well publicised on this page. Organisations who support our purposes can take out a Corporate Membership. Come and join us!
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Brackagh Photography Project starting soon!
We are delighted to report that we have been awarded a grant from ABC Council for the research connected with this project. This will help to pay for a series of expert talks to take place over the next 3 months. The Ulster Folk Museum is providing us with four Zoom talks on farming, clothing, houses and their inhabitants, and photography. Local man Norman Kerr is also providing us with a Zoom talk to give us his perspective on these photos and Richard Edgar, well known local author and military historian, will also be speaking to us in relation to those images which have a military connection. We have a couple of other talks to arrange and then we will be announcing the full programme. Members from anywhere in the world are now invited to select the photos they would like to research for this project. Just email us on
Our Next ABC Family History Zoom Talks
Wednesday 28 April at 7.30 pm
Richard Edgar, local author and military expert, speaks
to us about the old UVF in 1914, and about the ARP Wardens and Home Guard in WWII
Thursday 13 May at 7.30 pm
‘Houses and Their Inhabitants’ – Victoria Millar
(Senior Curator of History, National Museums NI)
FREE to all members
Read all about this beautiful Grandfather Clock made in Portadown and now in Rhode Island, USA
Article Contributed by Member FM10
We'd love to show members' photos of places in ABC in our Gallery - please make sure you own the copyright of the image and email it with details to