In the 1970s and early 1980s there was an upsurge in interest in roots and ancestor tracing. Family History must now be one of the most popular hobbies in the western world. If you go to the you will see the number of branches that now exist throughout Northern Ireland and there are links to sites worldwide. Local history experienced a similar upsurge in the 1960s and 1970s which led to the creation of Local Historical Societies and . Here you will find links to all of the member societies that have web sites.
Some of my publications on Family and Local History
"The Study of the History of a Townland: A Worksheet", Ulster Local Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1976, pp. 15-17. A revised version of this paper was published in Ulster Local Studies, Vol. 9, 1984, pp. 72-74.
"Local Historical Studies of rural areas: methods and sources", Irish Archives Bulletin, Vol. 6, 1976, pp. 4-31. An online copy of this article is hosted on the Aughty.org website at http://www.aughty.org/pdf/localhist_stud_rural.pdf.
"Forttown, County Antrimí, in W. H. Crawford & R. H. Foy (eds.), Townlands in Ulster - Local History Studies, Ulster Historical Foundation in association with the Federation for Ulster Local Studies, Belfast, 1998, pp. 35-65. A copy of this paper can found within the Members Area on the Ulster Historical Foundation website. Note that this book contains a further seven townlands studies [by different authors] relating to Counties Antrim, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone. I think UHF still have some copies of this book at a reduced price.
For a fuller list of my publications - click here.
Some recent books of relevance to the Ballymoney and Coleraine Districts.
Diana Kirkpatrick Souvenir of Conflict: A Coleraine Manís War 1939-1945.
Recent books of relevance to Co. Londonderry.
The Gelvin Historical Society, Dungiven have published a new book GELVIN: the Home Place. For more details click here.
I would also draw your attention to the following recent publication by Ballinascreen Historical Society - Maps of the Estate of the Drapers' Company 1857-1858 - click here for more details.
See also two publications by Brian Mitchell - the first is a short guide to tracing Ulster-Scots roots: Genealogy at a Glance: Scots-Irish Genealogy Research - click here for more details. Many Scots-Irish living in America today can trace their descent to a Scots-Irish ancestor who departed from the port of Derry. His illustrated story of emigration from Derry is told in this publication - Derry~Londonderry: Gateway to a New World - The story of emigration from the Foyle by sail and steam - click here for more details.
Publications and other information on:
Standard Family History Handbooks for Ireland & Ulster
John Grenham, Tracing your Irish Ancestors, Gill and Macmillan, Dublin, 1999 (Second Edition).
Brian Mitchell, Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 2002 (Second Edition).
Ian Maxwell (edited by Grace McGrath), Tracing your Ancestors in Northern Ireland, PRONI, Belfast, 1997. PRONI has a series of free leaflets on Tracing your Family Tree which are available in the Search Room
Ian Maxwell, Researching Armagh Ancestors: A practical guide for the family and local historian, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, 2000.
Ian Maxwell, et.al, Researching Down Ancestors: A practical guide for the family and local historian, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, 2004.
William J. Roulston, Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, 2005.
Three useful books on Local History
Raymond Gillespie and Myrtle Hill, Doing Irish Local History: Pursuit and Practice, Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University of Belfast, 1998.
Peter Collins, Pathways to Ulster's Past: Sources and Resources for Local Studies, Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University of Belfast, 1998.
Jonathon Bardon, A Guide to Local History sources in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Blackstaff Press, Belfast, 2000.
Teaching Local History in Schools
Below are two unpublished papers and a bibliography that I wrote some time ago when I was teaching in the University of Ulster. Though now somewhat dated, some of you might find them useful.
History PGCE, UU 2013. [PowerPoint file]
PGCE, UU 2014 - here I used the Town of Portstewart [1901 to 1911] case study to illustrate how teachers might use online material in a local historical study. Click on Case Studies link in top menu to access this study.
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