Larne Branch are heavily involved in the DNA Projects for Ballycarry and Islandmagee, both with identifying people who are descended from the main families that have been highlighted by the project and in the testing of these family members. This has helped us as a Branch and also enabled us to spread what the Society offers to its members.

Larne Branch hold a Chat Night every month, which is in addition to our Members night. This enables branch members to chat more on their family research, get help with brick walls and share how we each carry out and record that research. These have been very informal zoom nights and our members are able to chat freely with each other and ask for help.

We at Larne Branch have our own dedicated Branch Library, which is held locally. The books, copies of family trees and maps, some of those which have been donated or purchased by members, are lent out to Branch Members on request. A full list of these are held by the Branch.


Larne Branch usually meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:15 p.m. from September to May.


Larne Branch has produced a publication based on its research activities:

  • Resting in Larne’s Green Land

It is usually available to buy:

  • Locally at The Book Nook, 96 Main Street, Larne.
  • Online through the Shop.

Meetings in the 2023-24 year are held in Larne Museum and Arts Centre, 2 Victoria Road, Larne, BT40 1RN

Events Programme

Discover Your Scottish Ancestors – Chris Paton
  • Wednesday, 25 October 2023
  • 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Frances Anne Vane Tempest, Lady Londonderry : 19th Century Entrepreneur, Industrialist & Influencer – Mary Watson
  • Monday, 20 November 2023
  • 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Cairncastle Through The Ages – Robert Stewart
  • Monday, 15 January 2024
  • 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
19th Century Will, in Relation to Larne Town & Hinterland – Des McCabe
  • Monday, 19 February 2024
  • 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Ordnance Survey Memoirs – Dr David Hume
  • Monday, 18 March 2024
  • 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Lighthouse Talk – Richard Kelly
  • Monday, 15 April 2024
  • 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Branch AGM – Update on Ballycarry & Islandmagee DNA Projects – Martin McDowell & Anne Johnston
  • Monday, 20 May 2024
  • 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Donaghadee Lifeboats and the Men Who Served – Shirley Cochrane
  • Monday, 17 June 2024
  • 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

£22 for Single Membership

£33 for Joint Membership (2 people at the same address applying at the same time)

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