right-hand menu contains links to a number of databases
covering the period c.1630 to c.1860. I have created
these databases from sources sometimes referred to
as Census Substitutes.
seventeenth-century sources include the Muster Rolls
for 1622 and 1630; the Hearth Money Rolls for 1663
[Co. Londonderry] and 1669 [Co.Antrim]; and the
Subsidy Rolls for 1663 [Co. Londonderry] and 1666
eighteenth-century sources include the Protestant
Householders' Returns for 1740; a Religious Census
for 1766; and a List of Flaxgrowers for 1796.
nineteenth-century sources include the 1803 Agricultural
Census for parts of North Antrim; Church Censuses
for the parish of Ballintoy  and 1st Ballymoney
Presbyterian Church ; a kind of Census for
1831 for all of Co. Londonderry; the Tithe Applotment
Books for the 1820s/1830s for some parishes in North
Antrim and South Derry[still to come]; the 1830s
Townland Valuation [particularly towns]; the Griffith's
[Tenement] Valuation for c.1860; and a selection
of townlands from the Griffith's Revision Books.
Note that most of the databases containing information
from the Griffith's Revision Books are to be found
on the Case Studies webpage in conjunction
with the c.1860 Printed Griffith's Valuation and
accompanying maps plus the 1901 and 1911 Census
Returns. This will enable you to see how the properties
listed in c.1860 Printed Valuation can be matched
to the properties listed in the 1901 and 1911 Census
that only the databases of the Hearth Money Rolls
of the 1660s and the Griffith's [Tenement] Valuation
of c.1860 cover all baronies and parishes within
Co. Londonderry and North & Mid Antrim. Unfortunately
the other databases only cover parts of the total
region. And, don't forget, the 1660s databases will
not enumerate all families living in the area at
that time. The pages that introduce each database
on the website will provide details of the areas
covered and give a brief introduction to each source.
c.1630-c.1860 databases, when used in conjunction
with the 1901/1911 online census database will allow
you to identify where particular names are to be found
within Co. Londonderry and North & Mid Antrim
at various times from the seventeenth to the early
twentieth century. A feature of these databases is
the use of standardised surnames and modern day spellings
of townlands. This should help those of you who are
new to family history and not familar with Co. Londonderry
and North & Mid Antrim to, at least, find the
areas where your surname appeared at various times
in the past. Even those of you who have been researching
the area for some time may find these databases useful.
Note also that I have included the spellings of surnames
and townlands as they appear in the "original"
document - read
more. Note, however that the continuity of a name
in a series of databases covering the period 1630
to c.1860 is not, by itself, firm proof that this
is the same family - even if the name appears to be
in the same locality. Furthermore, the databases containing
information from seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
rarely provide precise location of houses and holdings.
Only estate records, where available, can supply this
databases have been produced in Excel. I appreciate
that some of you will not have
Excel on your computer.
Therefore, to overcome this problem, most of the databases
are also available as PDF files. I'm assuming
that most of you will have a copy of Adobe Acrobat
Reader which will open the PDF files. If not, go to
a free copy of the latest version of the reader. All
of the databases will open in a separate window or
a separate tab, depending on the browser that you
are using and the way it has been configured.
these databases are not primary sources. I have never
seen a database that did not contain mistakes. I have
checked the databases on this site many times but
I cannot guarantee that all of the information in
them is 100% correct. To be absolutely sure of particular
information in a database, you should check the "original"
document from which it was created.