Church Census extant for Co. Londonderry and North
& Mid Antrim
number of census or registers of the members of church
congregations are available within the general area
covered by this website - four in North Antrim and
eight in Co. Londonderry - click
here for a list of these congregations. So far
I have databased four of these census/registers.
first refers to the parish of Ballintoy in North Antrim
where the Rector, the Rev Robert Traill, compiled
a census which contains a complete list of all of
the inhabitants of the Parish of Ballintoy in April
1803. I created this database from the copies of the
pages held in PRONI: Ref. T679/69. These pages, which
are handwitten, are photographs from the microfilms
of the Vestry Minute Book of the Parish.
data is entered into the database as if it were a
"proper" census. I have, therefore, used
the term Head of Family which is not used in the the
actual census and I have assigned a House No. to each
family or group of people who may have been living
in the same house within a townland. I have also,
as far as possible, indicated the relationship of
each person in the family or house to the Head of
Family. This process, of course, is not a perfect
science. You should, therefore, check any names and
places in the database [of interest to you] against
the information in T679/9 in PRONI. If this is not
possible, you can check them against an online, typed,
transcript of the census at http://www.scribd.com/doc/19837449/Traills-Census-for-the-Parish-of-Ballintoy-in-1803.
This transcript is very accurate and also contains
an excellent introduction to the census by John A.
of the Census of the Inhabitants of the Parish
of Ballintoy taken by the Rev. Robert Traill,
Rev. Traill was also responsible for compiling the
1803 Agricultural Census for the parish. It is interesting
to compare names across to these two documents.
other church census that I have transcribed into a
database relates to the parish of Ballymoney. This
census was compiled in 1817 by the Rev. Robert Park
who was the minister of the First Presbyterian Church
in the town. In fact the Rev. Park became the minister
of the church on 18th March 1817. So this census may
have been his way of getting to know his flock. Clearly
it will only contain Presbyterians who attended that
church. Trinity Church [which was the Seceding Church
at that time] would not be included. But, since St.
James's and Drumreagh Churches [offshoots of 1st Ballymoney]
were not built at that time, those families that later
joined these churches would be enumerated in this
1817 census. My own ancestors are listed in this census
in the townland of Bootown. I have arranged the names
and places from the transcript of the census held
in PRONI [CR/3/1/D/1] within a kind of a database
which should make it easier to find names and search
of the 1817 Census of First Ballymoney Presbyterian
Church compiled by the Rev. Robert Park.
are two sources of similar dates for Ballymoney town
which can be used in conjunction with the Park Census.
And, you can also check names for this period against
the 1803 Agricultural Census. There are 307 names
listed for the town. Remember in those days many townspeople
would have held land in the Townparks and would therefore
qualify for inclusion in an Agricultural Census.
of the Census of the Congregation of Magilligan
Presbyterian Church c.1855.