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Ulster Historical Foundation

Volume 691: debated on Thursday 26 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much the “futuresearch” genealogy conference held in Londonderry in March 2004 cost; who organised the event; how the delegates were selected; what role the Ulster Historical Foundation had in the event; and what benefit has accrued from this conference to date. [HL3186]

The “futuresearch” genealogy conference held in Londonderry in March 2004 was organised by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure with the assistance of a stakeholders planning group drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors from across the UK and Republic of Ireland. The stakeholders planning group helped to design the conference, agree the list of stakeholders to be invited and the main issues to be considered.

Selection of delegates was made through nominations listed by the stakeholders planning group from its knowledge of the sector.

The cost of the conference was £13,575.66.

The Ulster Historical Foundation was represented on the planning group and was an invitee to the conference.

The conference identified the need for a greater co-ordinated approach to genealogy in Northern Ireland and also for more quality products for both the local and overseas markets. Digitisation and the creation of a family records centre to act as a central signposting facility for anyone doing genealogical research are key to meeting these needs, both of which are being actively progressed.