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Day 6 - Ulster Historical Foundation and the  Linen Hall Library

   Busy Day!  We started at the Ulster Historical Foundation which this year moved back into downtown Belfast.  They are located in the Corn Exchange Building just  over the river.   On the way over we stopped for a picture at “The Speaker” statue in front of the Custom House. The square in front of the Custom House was a popular place for evangelism and other public speaking.   

   At the Ulster Historical Foundation we were greeted by William Roulston and Gillian Hunt and given an overview of the facility.  They have a small library, as well as terminals for access to their databases.  Both William and Gillian were extremely helpful, pulling material for specific requests.  One researcher found a marriage record that didn’t appear in the GRONI database.  Because the marriage record identified the fathers of both the bride and groom she  was able to take her family back another generation, and move from Armagh to Tyrone.  That also allowed her to identify the fathers in Griffith’s Valuation and to follow the Revision Books to identify another sibling of her ancestor.     

   Another researcher found a biography of a sibling of her ancestor who turned out to be an artist with some of her work in the Linen Hall Library, our next stop.  We worked right through lunch, then headed over the Linen Hall Library.   

   The Linen Hall Library is the oldest library in Belfast, founded in 1788.  It  has an excellent collection of genealogies as well as reference books covering Ireland, England and the US.   In addition, they have a card index for the Belfast Newsletter from 1801-1863.  I was lucky enough to find a reference to one of my Moag relatives in 1844 in the index!  The Library is located just across from the Belfast City Hall.     


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