Family and Local History
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Sources
PRONI
Births, Deaths, & Marriages
Census Records
Valuation Records
Tithe Records
Estate Records
Other Records

Case Studies
Families and Localities in
North Antrim & Co. Londonderry

In the tables below you will find a number of case studies relating to North Antrim and Co. Londonderry. The purpose of these case studies is to demonstrate how the key sources listed in the left-hand menu can be used to reconstruct the histories of families and localities. The starting date for most of the case studies is 1901/1911, the dates of the two Census Returns, and the objective of each study is to trace each family/locality back as far as possible into the nineteenth century. The studies also serve to show the sorts of problems that can arise in such research.

Most of the examples listed in the second table are drawn from my CD on Researching Derry & Londonderry Ancestors which was published in 2010. The examples in the first table [plus the Frizzell and Dunlop studies in the second table] have been created after 2010 and reflect the fact that many more sources are now available online. Note also that the case studies of the families drawn from my CD will need to be updated to take account of the growth of online sources, particularly GRONI online BDMs. I hope to do this in the future.

Case Studies of Localities

Church Street, Ballymoney
Town of Portstewart [1901 to 1911].
Townlands of Araboy, Croagh Beg, Croagh More, Drumnagee, Drumnagessan, Lisbellanagroagh Beg, Lisbellanagroagh More and Toberkeigh in the Parish of Ballintoy, Barony of Cary, Co. Antrim.
Townland of Craigs in the Parish of Craigs, Barony of Kilconway, Co. Antrim.
Townlands of Drumderg, Dunmurry and Glebe in the Parish of Ballynascreen, Barony of Loughinsholin, Co. Londonderry.

Case Studies of Families

Frizzell family of Union St. Ballymoney.[WEBPAGE]] Dunlop family of Drumnagee, Parish of Ballintoy. [PDF]
Moody family of Church Street, Coleraine. [PDF] Pollock family of Moyletra Toy, Garvagh. [PDF]
O'Kane family of Coolnasillagh, Ringsend. [PDF] Long family of Cullyramer, Ballymacallion & Drumadreen. [PDF]
Doherty family of Gorteade, Upperlands. [PDF] Crilly family of Gorteade, Upperlands. [PDF]
Campbell family of Upperlands. [PDF] Montgomery family of Upperlands. [PDF]
Walsh family of Broad Street, Magherafelt. [PDF] Forrest family of Limavady. [PDF]
Dale family of Drumadreen, Limavady/Dungiven. [PDF] Mullan family of Ballymacallion. [PDF]
Fallows family of Dungiven & Derrynaflaw. [PDF] Brolly family of Eglinton. [PDF]
McMullan/McMcMillan family of Lisbunny. [PDF] Bond family of Lisbunny. [PDF]
Archibald family of William Street, Derry. [PDF] Doherty family of William Street, Derry. [PDF]
Lecky family of William Street, Derry. [PDF] Denis & James Cassidy of William Street, Derry. [PDF]

Thanks to Tim Kane of Seattle for a link to a Biography of Dominick O'Kane and his Family [43 MB file]. Dominick was the son of Bernard O'Kane who left the townland of Gorteade in the 1860s for the North East of England where Dominick was born. Later the family emigrated to America.

For those of you interested in the Glens of Antrim region, you will find information on some families and localities at the Clachan Project within the Glens of Antrim Historical Society website.

Remember that if you have difficulty reading any of the c.1860 Six Inch townland maps you can get a better copy at askaboutireland.ie [Griffith's Valuation]. If you are not sure of what to do, when you get there - read this. Note also that the maps covering many parts of Mid Antrim on the askaboutireland.ie website are OS maps which do not demarcate the boundaries of holdings and do not include the numbers and lettering from the printed valuation.Unfortunately there are no large scale town maps on askaboutireland.ie so I had to use the copies of the town maps that are held in PRONI. The town maps [and the rural townland maps] have been reproduced here with the kind permission of the Deputy Keeper of Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

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