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Projects

Turning Knowledge and Interest Into Action

Members of ABC Family History Association are encouraged to start their own family research projects and also respond to requests to participate in the projects of others, including those run by ABCFHA.

Should a member wish to start a project, please check to make sure that a similar project is not already underway or previously has been completed.  

Requests for assistance with a project may be made by its owner.  A member may also offer to help if they feel they can bring a skill or information to a project, but the owner will always remain in control of their project and may decide not to accept an offer of help, or may accept help for a period of time and then continue on their own.  That must be their choice. 

To start a project or participate in one, you must become a member of ABCFHA

ABCFHA PROJECTS

in which members are encouraged to participate

ABCP7  OUR FAMILIES IN WARTIME PROJECT  This project began in September 2023 and will run until October 2024.  The project involves experts talks and visits related to wars in which our ancestors may have been involved or lived through, followed by our members writing stories about the wartime experiences of their ancestors. Stories will vary from 400 words long to whatever length they need to be, and will often accompanied by photos, illustrations and family trees.  The important thing is that we have recorded these family stories of wartime and preserved them for future generations.  Books will be available in softback and hardback versions in October 2024.

 

ABCP6  EMIGRATION AND OUR FAMILIES PROJECT  This project began in December 2022 and ran until October 2023.  The project involved experts talks and visits related to emigration, followed by our members writing stories about their ancestors who emigrated to anywhere in the world, including to England, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands or Northern Ireland itself. Stories vary from 400 words long to whatever length they need to be, and are often accompanied by photos, illustrations and family trees.  The important thing is that we have recorded these family stories of emigration and preserved them for future generations.  Books are now available in softback and hardback versions.

 

ABCP5  OUR FAMILY STORIES PROJECT  This project began in January 2022 and is now complete with the publication of our second book 'Our Family Stories' in October 2022.  The project involved our members writing stories about their ancestors, who could be from many generations ago who lived anywhere in the world, or they might be more recent family members living here in Northern Ireland.  Stories are from 400 words long to whatever length they need to be, and are often accompanied by photos, illustrations and family trees.  The important thing is that we have recorded these family stories and preserved them for future generations.  Books are available in softback (£12 plus p+p) and hardback (£20 plus p+p).

ABCP4  OLD BOOK TRANSCRIBING PROJECT  This project will be an ongoing one and focuses on transcribing any local 'people' information that might be found in old books - information which could help you find an ancestor from that time. Each transcription will only be a small piece of work, and members are encouraged to volunteer to help with this project.  Email abcfhaprojects@gmail.com to get involved.

ABCP3  ABC DNA PROJECT  This project began in September 2021 and focuses on Ancestry DNA testing, because this is the largest database of test results available. Members are invited to attend talks about DNA, what can result from DNA testing, your ethnicity, analysing your results and seeing how many connections we will make between our members.  We learn how to use My Heritage, GEDmatch DNA Painter and Family Tree DNA to assist in our research and analysis. Those taking part need to have purchased an Ancestry DNA test (watch out for any special offers!).  This project will be an ongoing one.

ABCP2 BRACKAGH PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT  This project is now complete, with over 30 images researched, with the help of specialist Zoom talks from various experts.  Each photo served as a stimulus for a piece of writing around that subject and a book of the images, alongside articles written by our members, was published in October 2021.  Orders are still being taken for softback (£12 plus p+p) and hardback (£20 plus p+p) versions of this book, 'Around Brackagh'.  Email abcfhabooks@gmail.com if you wish to buy a book.

 

ABCP1  GRAVEYARDS PROJECT   We have a long term ongoing project to visit our Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council Area graveyards and cemeteries and record inscriptions and memorials to add to our database, in which members can ask for 'look ups'.  This will provide an invaluable resource for our members in the future and is especially useful for Online Members and for those who are unable to visit graveyards. Members can register their interest in taking part in this project and are encouraged to do so, even if they can only record part of one graveyard. We must also seek permission from ministers to transcribe headstones in church graveyards - we now have permission from ABC Council for council managed graveyards.

ABCFHA MEMBERS' PROJECTS

Family Tree Projects

One Place Studies

Family DNA Projects

1930 circa Granny Smyth, Hagan, Charlott

In-depth research of a family

In-depth study of a location

In-depth analysis of family DNA

Members can click below for details of some of the Family Tree Projects currently being undertaken by members.  If you are a member and have a project you would like to list here, please contact us.

Members can click below for details of some of the One Place Studies currently being undertaken by members.  If you are a member and have a project you would like to list here, please contact us.

Members can click below for details of some of the Family DNA Projects being undertaken by members. If you are a member and have a project you would like to list here, please contact us.

Transcribing Projects

Making records available

Members can click below for details of the Transcribing Projects currently being undertaken by ABCFHA.  If you are have records which you would like to have transcribed, please contact us.

One Name Studies

In-depth study of a surname

Members can click below for details of any One Name Studies currently being undertaken by members.  If you are a member and have a project you would like to list here, please contact us.

Other Projects

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Any other family history study

Members can click below for details of other family history research projects currently being undertaken.  If you are a member and have a project you would like to list here, please contact us.

ABCFHA Projects
Members' Projects
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