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. 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 menu.
right-hand menu concentrates on 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]. Recently,
I have added a new Sperrins link which contains
links to databases [in Excel format only] that cover
the Sperrins area of Co. Tyrone and parts of Co. Londonderry.
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
of the records on this web site 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
that, recently, I have revised the database of the
"Census Returns" for Co. Londonderry.