Sense of the Sperrins
material was prepared as part of my contribution to
the course A Sense of the Sperrins run
by Sperrin Gateway in conjunction with the Open
Learning Programme of Queen's University, Belfast.
The course took place on four Saturdays from 22nd
February to 31st May 2014. This material relates to
the second Saturday, 29th March, and the two sessions
The Sperrins in the 17th Century and
Local Records (1850s-1920) as
a tool to reading the past. In both sessions
I concentrated on how to use primary sources and databases
[in Excel format] to research localities
within the general area covered by the Sperrins -
here for details of some background reading.
locality studies will require maps. Ideally you should
have copies of the OS 1:50000 Discoverer Series Maps,
particularly sheets 13 & 7. These maps now have
a townland map on the reverse side of the OS map.
Below are some maps that I prepared relating to the
and early eighteenth centuries
Muster Rolls for Sperrins Area.
Poll Tax Returns for Parishes of Urney & Donagheady.
Poll Tax Returns for Parishes of Termonmaguirk
Hearth Money Rolls for Sperrins Area.
Protestant Householders' Returns for some
of the Sperrins Area.*
Religious Census for some of the Sperrins Area
in Co. Londonderrry.**
database only includes the parishes of Derryloran
and Kildress in Co. Tyrone. Note also that only
the parishes in the Baronies of Keenaght and Tirkeeran
in Co. Londonderry have names listed by townland.
Note that this database only includes the parishes
of Ballynascreen, Banagher, Bovevagh, Derryloran,
Desertlyn, Desertmartin & Dungiven.
& Early Twentieth Centuries
" Census" for Sperrins Area. [Mormeal
1831 Census details.]
Griffith's Valuation for Sperrins Area.
of Sperrin Townlands in Co. Londonderry, c.1860.
of Sperrin Townlands in Co. Tyrone, c.1860.
Townland of Mormeal, Parish of Kilcronaghan
Griffith's Revision Books
Griffith's Revision Books 1860-1911 at PRONI.
[Farms Nos. 8 to 11]
& 1911 Census
of Glenroan in the Parish of Bodoney Upper in the
Barony of Strabane Upper, Co. Tyrone. [Glenelly Valley]
to the askaboutireland
website and do a Place Name Search for Glenroan in
Co. Tyrone. This will provide a copy of the Griffith's
Printed Valuation page for the Townland and a copy
of the accompanying Valuation Map. Locate one or more
farms/houses in the page and on the map.
a look at this Excel
file which will list the heads of the family living
in each of the houses in the townland 1n 1901. If
you click on either the surname or the forename of
a family, this will take you to the 1901 online census
where you will be able to get further details of that
family and the house in which they lived.
on this PRONI
link to access the Griffith's Revision Books. When
you get there type in Glenroan in the Placename box
and click on Search. This will take you to the books
which will help you to link up the names and farms
of c.1860 with those of 1901. Note that .Books 5A
to 5D cover the years 1864-1907.