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Derry ~ Londonderry Genealogy

Genealogical Sources Available Online

Sources available in County Derry

Roman Catholic

Civil Records

Church Of Ireland

Presbyterian

Census

Gravestone Inscriptions

Census Substitutes

Parish Abbreviations



Roman Catholic Parish Registers
Parish Baptisms Marriage Burials
Bellaghy 1844 - 1900 1844 - 1900
Claudy 1853 - 1854 & 1863 - 1900 1863 - 1900
Coleraine 1843 - 1900 1864 - 1900
(Derry Diocese)
Derry - Long Tower 1823 - 1826 & 1833 - 1900 1823 - 1826, 1835 - 1837 &
1841 - 1900
Derry - St Eugenes 1873 - 1900 1873 - 1900
Derry - Waterside 1864 - 1900 1864 - 1900
Desertmartin 1848 - 1900 1848 - 1900 1848 - 1883
Draperstown 1836 & 1846 - 1900 1834 - 1900 1848 - 1851 & 1882 - 1884
Dunamanagh 1854 - 1900 1856 - 1859 & 1862 - 1900 1857 - 1859
Dungiven 1825 - 1834 & 1847 - 1900 1825 - 1834 & 1864 - 1900 1825 - 1832 &
1870 - 1871
Faughanvale 1863 - 1900 1860 - 1900
Feeny 1848 - 1900 1850 - 1878 & 1884 - 1900
Garvagh 1846 - 1900 1872 - 1900
Gortin 1865 - 1900 1865 - 1893
Greencastle 1892 - 1900 1893 - 1900
Greenlough 1845 - 1900 1846 - 1900
Killyclogher 1843 - 1900 1843 - 1900 1843 - 1865
Kilrea 1846 - 1865 & 1874 - 1900 1846 - 1900 1846 - 1877
Lavey 1837 - 1839, 1852 - 1865 & 1837 - 1839 & 1852 - 1900 1837 - 1839 &
1867 - 1900 1868 - 1889
Leckpatrick 1863 - 1900 1863 - 1900
Limavady 1855 - 1900 1856 - 1900 1859 - 1869
Lissan 1822 - 1830 & 1839 - 1900
Maghera 1841 - 1900 1841 - 1900 1848 - 1888
Magherafelt 1830 - 1900 1858
Magilligan 1833 - 1900 1833 - 1900 1863 - 1880
Moneymore 1830 - 1843, 1854 - 1871, 1878, 1882, 1884 - 1886 & 1898 - 1900

Civil Records
District Births Marriage
Aghadowey 1864-1921 1845-1921
Articlave 1864-1885 1845-1921
Ballykelly 1864-1921 1845-1921
Bellaghy 1845-1921
Bellarena 1864-1921 1845-1921
Claudy 1864-1921 1845-1921
Coleraine 1864-1921 1845-1921
Draperstown 1864-1921 1845-1921
Dungiven 1864-1921 1845-1921
Eglinton 1864-1921 1845-1921
Feeny 1864-1921 1845-1921
Garvagh 1864-1921 1845-1921
Glendermot or Waterside Urban 1864-1921 1845-1921
Kilderry 1864-1899 1845-1899
Kilrea 1864-1902 1845-1921
Liberties Lower 1899-1921
Liberties Upper 1899-1921
Limavady 1864-1921 1845-1921
Londonderry Urban 1 1864-1921 1845-1921
Londonderry Urban 2 1870-1921 1870-1921
Maghera 1845-1921
Magherafelt 1864-1921 1845-1921
Moneymore 1864-1921 1845-1921
Portstewart 1899-1921
Waterside Rural 1899-1921 1899-1921

Church of Ireland
Parish Baptisms Marriage Burials
Agherton 1845 - 1856
1859
1873 - 1901
1845 - 1928
Ardtrea 1829 - 1834 1829 - 1834 1829 - 1834
Ballinderry 1802 - 1859 1803 - 1935 1802 - 1870
Banagher 1821 - 1826
1832
1837 - 1870
1827 - 1935 1837 - 1842
1855 - 1872
Castlerock 1870 - 1900 1871 - 1935 1874 - 1900
Christ Church, Londonderry 1855 - 1865 1882 - 1935
Cumber Lower 1804 - 1870 1806 - 1928 1828
1855 - 1870
Cumber Upper 1811 - 1818
1826 - 1870
1811 - 1814
1826 - 1935
1837 - 1900
Desertlyn 1797 - 1864 1797 - 1934 1798 - 1864
Desertmartin 1785 - 1788
1802
1827 - 1847
1784 - 1788
1794
1803 - 1805
1832 - 1834
1840 - 1931
1783
1788
1842 - 1861
Draperstown 1808 - 1819
1824 - 1857
1860
1825 - 1826
1835 - 1933
1824 - 1863
Drumachose 1729 - 1736
1741 - 1749
1751 - 1752
1804 - 1832
1837 - 1858
1728 - 1735
1743 - 1744
1748 - 1753
1814 - 1835
1838 - 1929
1730 - 1736
1823 - 1832
1837 - 1861
Dunboe 1839 - 1900 1845 - 1923 1845 - 1900
Dungiven 1804 - 1826 1809 - 1826
1845 - 1935
Faughanvale 1802 - 1852 1802 - 1935 1802 - 1829
Fermoyle 1860 - 1900 1844 - 1934 1864 - 1900
Glendermott 1810 - 1870 1811 - 1926 1828 - 1866
Kilrea 1801 - 1832
1837 - 1864
1802 - 1805
1829 - 1935
1802 - 1804
1829 - 1870
Learmount 1832 - 1873 1833 - 1933 1832 - 1902
St Columb's Cathedral, Londonderry 1642 - 1864 1642 - 1928 1642 - 1874
Tamlaght 1858 - 1865 1845 - 1923
Tamlaght Finlagan 1796 - 1876 1796 - 1935 1796 - 1900
Tamlaghtard 1747 - 1764
1817 - 1818
1831 - 1839
1844 - 1900
1747 - 1753
1820 - 1829
1832 - 1834
1845 - 1935
1747 - 1776
1824 - 1829
1831 - 1840
1844 - 1900
Termoneeny 1827 - 1833
1836 - 1838
1827 - 1833
1845 - 1935

Presbyterian
Parish Baptisms Marriage Burials
Ballyarnett 1848 - 1891 1848 - 1929
Ballywatt 1867 - 1900 1845 - 1934
Balteagh 1868 - 1902 1845 - 1936
Boveedy 1841 - 1901 1842 - 1929 1849 - 1863
Bovevagh 1818 - 1839
1843 - 1871
1818 - 1830
1834 - 1838
1843 - 1927
Castledawson 1805 - 1864 1805 - 1932
Castlerock 1875 - 1900 1875 - 1936
Coleraine, First 1845 - 1900 1845 - 1935
Coleraine, New Row 1842 - 1900 1809 - 1928
Cumber Lower 1827 - 1870 1843 - 1932
Cumber Upper 1834 - 1870 1845 - 1936
Derramore 1825 - 1900 1845 - 1936
Derry, First 1815 - 1900 1815 - 1936
Derry, Carlisle Road (4th) 1838 - 1900 1839 - 1936
Derry, Strand (2nd) 1847 - 1900 1845 - 1936
Drumachose 1837 - 1906 1845 - 1936
Dunboe, Second 1835 - 1848
1853
1858
1864 - 1901
1835 - 1936
Dungiven 1836 - 1863
1877 - 1880
1837 - 1935
Faughanvale 1819 - 1900 1845 - 1936
Garvagh, First 1795 - 1802
1806 - 1814
1816
1822 - 1849
1859 - 1864
1795 - 1802
1807 - 1814
1822 - 1936
Gortnessy 1839 - 1900 1845 - 1936
Kilrea, Second 1840 - 1885 1845 - 1929
Knowhead 1826 - 1900 1846 - 1909
Largy 1848 - 1872 1845 - 1936
Maghera 1843 - 1901 1843 - 1936 1861 - 1865
Magherafelt, First 1703 - 1706
1771 - 1781
1813 - 1861
1889 - 1900
1769 - 1784
† 1845 - 1935
Moneydig 1857 - 1871 1845 - 1928
Moneymore, First 1827 - 1871 1827 - 1834
1845 - 1936
Moneymore, Second 1845 - 1871 1845 - 1936
Portrush 1843 - 1900 1846 - 1936
Portstewart 1829 - 1900 1846 - 1936
Scriggan 1864 - 1884 1845 - 1905
Swatragh 1851 - 1879 1845 - 1935

Census Records

Year Description
1901 Census of Ireland
This database contains a partial transcription - detailing names, ages, relationships and addresses (i.e. District Electoral Division, Parish, Townland or Street/Town) - of all people recorded in the 1901 census returns, within their appropriate households, for the city and county of Derry.

Derry Genealogy Centre's Gravestone Inscriptions

Derry Genealogy Centre has computerised headstone inscriptions from 117 graveyards plus the pre-1930 registers of Derry City Cemetery. This database will normally return the name of the graveyard, date of death, name of deceased, age and townland together with a comment recording relationships, where provided, to other people recorded on the same headstone.

Gravestone Inscriptions
Parish Graveyard
Aghadowey Aghadowey Presbyterian
Aghadowey Aghadowey RC
Aghadowey Ballylintagh Presbyterian
Aghadowey Aghadowey CI
Aghadowey Killaig Presbyterian
Aghadowey Ringsend Presbyterian
Aghadowey Ringsend RC
Aghanloo Old Aghanloo
Aghanloo Aghanloo New CI
Agivey Agivey Old
Artrea Eglish No 2
Ballinderry Ballinderry
Ballinderry Eglish
Ballyaghran Portstewart Old
Ballyaghran Portstewart RC
Ballyaghran Portstewart New CI
Ballyaghran Portstewart Council New
Ballyaghran Portstewart 2nd New Cemetery
Ballynascreen Moneyneey RC
Ballynascreen Straw RC
Ballynascreen Draperstown Presbyterian
Ballyrashane Ballyrashane Presbyterian
Ballyrashane Ballyrashane CI
Ballyscullion Church Island
Ballywillin Ballywillin Old
Ballywillin Portrush RC New
Ballywillin Ballywillin New
Balteagh Drumsurn Old Chapel
Balteagh Drumsurn New Chapel
Balteagh Ardmore New (Limavady)
Balteagh Ardmore Old (Limavady)
Balteagh Balteagh Presbyterian
Banagher Fincairn RC
Banagher Straid Old Church
Banagher Banagher Presbyterian
Banagher Banagher New CI
Bovevagh Bovevagh Old Church
Bovevagh Boveagh New CI
Bovevagh Bovevagh Presbyterian
Bovevagh Bovevagh Old RC Church
Bovevagh Bovevagh RC
Carrick Largy Presbyterian
Clondermot Ardmore Old
Clondermot Ardmore New Rc
Clondermot Enagh
Clondermot Glendermott Old
Clondermot Glendermott New
Coleraine St Patrick's Coleraine CI
Cumber Lower Killaloo CI
Cumber Lower Aughill RC
Cumber Upper Old Cumber
Cumber Upper Cumber New CI
Cumber Upper Claudy RC
Desertlyn Desertlyn
Donagheady Donagheady Old
Donagheady Grange
Drumachose Old Drummond
Drumachose Old RC Limavady
Drumachose Limavady RC
Drumachose Limavady Covenanters
Drumachose Limavady CI
Drumachose Drumachose Presbyterian
Drumachose Limavady Presbyterian 1st
Drumachose Derrylane Presbyterian
Dunboe Dunboe Old (Downhill)
Dunboe Castlerock Presbyterian
Dunboe Milltown RC (Downhill)
Dunboe 1st Dunboe Presbyterian
Dunboe St Paul's Dunboe CI
Dungiven Dungiven Old Priory
Dungiven Dungiven CI
Dungiven Dungiven RC
Dungiven Dungiven Presbyterian
Faughanvale Eglinton CI
Faughanvale Faughanvale Presbyterian
Faughanvale Cregan RC (Faughanvale)
Faughanvale Faughanvale Old
Formoyle 2nd Dunboe Presbyterian
Formoyle Fermoyle CI
Kilcronaghan Kilcronaghan Old
Kildollagh Old Laughrin (near Coleraine)
Kildollagh St Paul's Kildollagh CI
Killelagh Swatragh Old Chapel
Killelagh Swatragh Presbyterian
Killelagh Swatragh CI
Learmount Park CI
Learmount Park RC
Learmount Carnanbane RC (near Park)
Leckpatrick Leckpatrick Old
Macosquin Camus Juxta Bann CI
Macosquin Macosquin Presbyterian
Macosquin Macosquin New Presbyterian
Macosquin Dromore Presbyterian
Macosquin Ballylagan Presbyterian
Macosquin Ballylagan Reformed Presbyterian
Macosquin Crossgar Presbyterian
Macosquin Old Camus
Maghera Maghera Old RC
Maghera St Lurachs CI Maghera
Maghera Maghera Presbyterian
Magherafelt Magherafelt Old
Tamlaght Finlagan The Hollow RC Ballykelly
Tamlaght Finlagan Myroe Presbyterian
Tamlaght Finlagan Walworth Old Church
Tamlaght Finlagan Ballykelly Presbyterian
Tamlaght Finlagan Ballykelly CI
Tamlaght Finlagan Old Tamlaght Ballykelly
Tamlaghtard St Aidens Mixed
Tamlaghtard St Aidens RC
Tamlaghtard Magilligan Presbyterian
Tamlaghtard Duncrun CI
Templemore St Columb's Cathedral
Templemore St Augustine's CI
Templemore Killea CI
Templemore Culmore CI
Templemore Derry City Cemetery
Templemore Long Tower RC
Termoneeny Mullagh Old Church (Maghera)


Census Substitutes for Co. Derry

Quite often the only realistic strategy in tracing ancestors beyond church registers is to examine surviving census returns and census substitutes, often compiled by civil parish, for any references to a surname or given name of interest.

This database contains an index to people recorded in seven such sources, dating from 1663 to 1837. These sources name heads of household only; each source returns the name of head of household, year, civil parish address, and, in most cases, townland (or street/town) address. The Flax Growers Lists of 1796 plus some of the 1740 and 1766 returns don't record townland addresses. The seven sources are:

  • Hearth Money Rolls of 1663
  • Protestant Householders Lists of 1740
  • Religious Census of 1766 - Returns survive for 10 civil parishes in County Derry, namely: Artrea, Ballynascreen, Banagher, Bovevagh, Derryloran, Desertlyn, Desertmartin, Drumachose, Dungiven and Magherafelt.
  • Flax Growers Lists of 1796
  • Private Census of 1803 for the civil parish of Faughnavale
  • Early-19th century Tithe Books. Year of compilation, ranging from 1822 to 1837, vary from parish to parish. The Tithe Book for the Deanery of Derry, which includes the parishes of Burt, Inch, Muff and Templemore, doesn't record a year of compilation.
  • 1831 Census. An abstract of the 1831 census returns survive which names all heads of households, 40,000 in total, in County Derry.

Census Substitutes
Year Source Number Coverage
1628 Rent Roll 153 Derry City

This Rent Roll, dated 15 May 1628, names 153 leaseholders within the walled city of Londonderry
This database contains 3 fields: Surname, First Name and Lot Number belonging to leaseholder

1642 Garrison Muster Roll 905 Derry City

The 'Muster rolls of foot companies in the garrison of Londonderry', dated May 1642-August 1643, names 905 men in 9 foot companies, consisting of 90 officers and 815 soldiers, who defended Derry's walls during the siege of 1641/42.

On 22 October 1641 the native Irish, under Sir Phelim O'Neill, rose in rebellion in Counties Londonderry and Tyrone, and the walled city of Londonderry became a refuge for Protestant settlers. A "League of the Captains of Londonderry" was set up to guard the city, with the raising of nine companies of foot soldiers, each assigned with a particular section of the walls of Derry to repair and to defend.

By April 1642 the city was close to starvation, with the rebel forces led by Sir Phelim O'Neill camped at Strabane. However, the threatened siege of Derry was lifted on 17 May 1642 by the defeat of the Irish army, led by the O'Cahans (O'Kanes), near Dungiven by an army consisting of east Donegal settlers and four Companies of soldiers from Londonderry.

This database consists of 4 fields: Surname, First Name, Rank and Foot Company.

1663 Hearth Money Roll 2,781 Parishes of Co. Derry
1689 Fighers of Derry 1660 Northwest Ireland

'Defenders of Londonderry' refers to all those people (1,660 in total) who were named in contemporary sources and accounts as playing an active or supportive role in the successful Williamite campaign of 1689 to 1691 and were named in William R. Young's Fighters of Derry Their Deeds and Descendants: Being a Chronicle of Events in Ireland during the Revolutionary Period 1688-1691 (published by Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1932).

Many of the 'Defenders' fought at the Siege of Derry, which commenced with the closing of its gates on 7 December 1688 and ended on 31 July 1689 with the Jacobite army in retreat after a relief fleet, with essential food supplies, managed to break through the boom of fir and iron cable across the River Foyle.

The database of 'Defenders' consists of 5 fields: Young's ID, Surname, First Name, Residence; and Remarks. Young's ID refers to the identity number used by William Young for the 'defender' in his book. With this number researchers can consult Young's book to verify or gain additional information about any 'defender' recorded in the database. Biographical detail, where provided by Young, about a 'defender' and their planter origins in England, Scotland or Wales is inserted in the Remarks column.

1696 Resolution condemning assassination plot against William III 226 Derry City

A resolution, signed by 226 citizens of Londonderry, expressing condemnation of the plot to assassinate King William, was copied into the minute book of Londonderry Corporation on 16 April 1696. This is, in effect, a census of the walled city of Londonderry at the end of the 'Plantation' period. It is very noticeable that baptism, marriage and burial entries relating to many of these people are recorded in the registers of St. Columb's Cathedral, which commence in 1642.

There was a considerable surge in support for William III, who reigned as King of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1689 until his death on 8 March 1702, following the exposure of a Jacobite plan to assassinate him in 1696.

This database contains 3 fields: Surname, First Name and Remarks

1738 Archibald Stewart's Survey 110 Derry City

Archibald Stewart's Survey of 1738 names 110 leaseholders within walled city of Londonderry

This database contains 3 fields: Surname, First Name and Lot Number belonging to leaseholder

1740 Protestant Householders Lists 9,675 Parishes of County Derry and Inishowen, Donegal
1766 Religious Census 5,323 Parishes of Artrea, Ballynascreen, Banagher, Bovevagh, Derryloran, Desertlyn, Desertmartin, Drumachose, Dungiven and Magherafelt in County Derry and Parishes of Donaghmore and Inch in County Donegal
1796 Flax Growers Lists 7,122 Parishes of County Derry and Inishowen, Donegal
1803 Private Census 333 Parish of Faughanvale
1831 1831 Census 40,916 Parishes of County Derry
No Year Tithe Parish of Templemore in Deanery of Derry
1822 Tithe Parish of Desertoghill
1825 Tithe Parishes of Artrea, Ballymoney, Ballynascreen and Errigal
1826 Tithe Parishes of Arboe, Banagher, Derryloran, Drumachose, Kilrea, Tamlaght Finlagan and Tamlaghtard
1827 Tithe Parishes of Bovevagh, Coleraine, Cumber Lower, Desertmartin, Lissan and Tamlaght
1828 Tithe Parishes of Ballinderry, Ballyaghran, Ballyscullion, Balteagh, Cumber Upper, Desertlyn, Desertmartin, Dunboe, Kilcronaghan, Killowen, Macosquin, Maghera and Termoneeny
1829 Tithe Parish of Magherafelt
1832 Tithe Parishes of Aghadowey, Ballyrashane and Ballywillin
1833 Tithe Parishes of Desertegny, Killelagh and Tamlaght OíCrilly
1834 Tithe Parishes of Clondermot, Dungiven and Kildollagh
1835 Tithe Parish of Faughanvale
1921 Derry Almanac and Directory c. 8000 Derry City

Derry Almanac and Directory of 1921 name 8,000 heads of household in Derry city. From 1868 right through to 1949 inclusive each annual edition of the Derry Almanac and Directory contained a 'Street Directory' where heads of households were identified against their street address in Derry city. The recording of house numbers, against each householder, first appeared in the Almanac of 1897.

As the 1926 census for Northern Ireland was used for waste paper in World War II the first census that survives for city and county of Londonderry, since 1911, is for 1937 and this will be available for inspection in the year 2038 (unless the 100 year closure rule is waived before then). This means that each annual edition of Derry Almanac is the closest surviving census document for Derry city in the period from 1912 to 1936.

This database contains 5 fields: Surname, First Name, Street, House Number and Page Number

Total Tithe 24,716
Total All 90,866


Parish Abbreviations
Abbreviation Religious Denomination/Administrative Unit
RC Roman Catholic
CI Church of Ireland
PR Presbyterian
ME Methodist
BA Baptist
CO Congregational
MO Moravian
RP Reformed Presbyterian
UN Unitarian
UP United Presbyterian
CP Civil Parish
RD Registrarís District

Please Note: RD refers to Local Registrarís District as opposed to Superintendentís Registrarís District.

For example: The local registrar's districts of Bellaghy, Draperstown, Maghera and Magherafelt comprise the superintendent registrar's district of Magherafelt. The area served by the Superintendentís Registrarís district equates to the area served by a poor law union.

Hence in the national indexes to Irish civil registers (searchable at www.familysearch.org) the district of Magherafelt will refer to the Poor Law Union or Superintendentís District of Magherafelt and not the local registrarís district of Magherafelt.

The additional (RG) against Moneymore and Magherafelt (RD) was only added to aid transfer of records online; they don't denote another type of local registrarís district.