Click on the first three papers and these will open as PDF files in a separate tab or window. All three papers cover the periods we are dealing with in the two sessions The Sperrins in the 17th Century and Local Records (1850s-1920) as a tool to reading the past. They should help you to get some kind of overview of the seventeenth century and the latter part of the nineteenth century and, even, the periods in between.
W. Macafee, Co. Londonderry – Historical Background Paper from my CD Researching Derry & Londonderry Ancestors, published in 2010.)
W. H. Crawford, Kinship and Inheritance in Ulster from Ulster Local Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2, Winter 1994, pp. 59-70.
Clachans and rundale are a feature of many of the settlements in the Sperrins. You might find the Clachan Project which was undertaken by the Glens of Antrim Historical Society 2004-2007 useful, especially the following papers - What is a Clachan? - Books & Articles on Clachans and Rundale - Summary of Findings of Project.
Another useful book to read is County of Tyrone 1802: A Statistical Survey by John McEvoy, first publihed in 1902, reprinted [with an introduction by W.H. Crawford] in 1991 (Belfast).
See also the Ordnance Survey Memoirs of the 1830s. For Co. Tyrone the relevant volumes, published by the QUB Institute of Irish Studies, are 5 and 21. For Co. Londonderry the relevant volumes are 15, 18, 27, 28, 30 & 31. Also very useful is John MacCloskey's Statistical Reports (1821) published by Ballinascreen Historical Society, 1983 & 1986.
The two county histories published in 1999 and 2000 contain a variety of information, particularly on the pre-Plantation period.
Gerard O'Brien, Derry & Londonderry: History & Society, Geography Publications, Dublin, 1999, pp. 115-205 deals with early history of the county.
Charles Dillon & Henry A. Jeffries (eds.), Tyrone: History and Society, Geography Publications, Dublin, 2000, [pp. 55-488 deals with early history of the county.
Books & Articles relating to the Plantation Period
George Hill, An
Historical Account of the Plantation in Ulster at the commencement of
the 17th century 1608-1620, (Belfast, 1877, reprinted 1970).
W. Macafee & V. Morgan, "Population in Ulster, 1660-1760", in Peter Roebuck [ed.] Essays in Ulster History in honour of J. L. McCracken, (Belfast, 1981), pp. 46-63.
W. Macafee, "The Movement of British Settlers into Ulster during the Seventeenth Century", Familia: Ulster Genealogical Review, Vol. 2, No. 8, 1992, pp. 94-111.
Nicholas Canny, Making Ireland British 1580-1650, (Oxford, 2001).
W. J. Roulston,
Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide
to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800, (Belfast, 2005).
R. J. Hunter, ed.
(Prepared for publication by John Johnston) 'Men and Arms' The Ulster
settlers c.1630, (Belfast, 2012).
are detailed studies of particular localities.
Robert C. Simington,
The CIVIL SURVEY A.D. 1654-1656: Counties of Donegal, Londonderry
and Tyrone, Vol. III, (Dublin, 1937).
P. H. Reaney &
R. M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames, (Oxford, 1997).
Alfred Moore Munn,
Notes on the Place Names of the Parishes and Townlands of the County
of Londonderry, first published 1925, reprinted by Ballinascreen
Historical Society 1985.