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The 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 - read more. See, also, my paper - Some thoughts on researching families and localities. The website is organised through three menus.

The 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 menu.

The 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.

The 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 centuries.

Further 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.

Note 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.

I would also draw your attention to four 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. Two and three 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 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. The fourth, launched in September 2014, is Kilraughts Old Church Graveyard by Dorothy Arthur.

Most 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.

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Databases compiled from 19th Century Census Substitutes
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