purpose of this website is to to provide a research
tool for anyone interested in researching their ancestors
and the localities where they lived within the area
of Ulster covered by Co. Londonderry and North Antrim
also, my paper - Some
thoughts on researching families and localities.
The website is organised through three menus.
left-hand menu covers the sources that you will need
to consult when researching your ancestors or studying
a locality. Clicking on the Sources
link at the top of the menu will give you some idea
of how I see the process of researching ancestors
and localities and how this has influenced the way
that I have constructed this website. If you are a
newcomer to family or local history, I would recommend
that you look here first before moving to the individual
links to specific sources. There is also a Further
Reading link at the bottom of this page where
you will find a bibliography of some books and publications
[both hard copy and electronic] relevant to the study
of Family and Local History and a list of useful addresses.
Note that because there are so many PRONI documents
now online I have included a link to PRONI in this
right-hand menu contains links to databases that I
have created from census substitutes that relate to
Co. Londonderry and North & Mid Antrim. My databases
cover the period c.1630 to c.1860. There are separate
links in the menu to those covering, the seventeenth
century, the eighteenth century and the nineteenth
and early twentieth centuries [1800-1911]. Again,
you should go to the My Databases link first.
top menu contains a link to Administrative Divisions
where you will find details of the administrative
divisions that you need to be aware of when using
sources. The Case Studies link will
provide some working examples of the process of researching
families and localities in North Antrim and Co. Londonderry,
particularly in the nineteenth and early twentieth
examples of case studies of families and localities
can be found on my CD ROM: RESEARCHING DERRY
& LONDONDERRY ANCESTORS: A practical guide for
the family and local historian which covers
the entire county of Londonderry - click
here for more details.
that I have added a new link Sperrins in the
right-hand menu. This webpage includes links to a
number of databases [in Excel format only] which cover
the Sperrins area of Co. Tyrone and parts of Co. Londonderry.
See the webpage for more details.
would also draw your attention to three recent publications.
The first is by the Ballinascreen Historical Society
- Maps of the Estate of the Drapers' Company
1857-1858 - click
here for more details. The other two are 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 the second publication - Derry~Londonderry:
Gateway to a New World - The story of emigration from
the Foyle by sail and steam - click
here for more details.
of the records on this web site, and indeed on my
CD, have been sourced from the Public Record Office
(PRONI), Belfast and are reproduced with the kind
permission of the Deputy Keeper of Records, Public
Record Office of Northern Ireland.