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County Derry (Londonderry)

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"Londonderry, a county of Ireland, province of Ulster, 40 m. long and 31 broad, bounded W by Donegal, N by the ocean, S and SW by Tyrone, and E by Antrim, containing 511,688 English acres, divided into 31 parishes. It sends 4 members to parliament. 1/4 seems to be bleak mountains and glens, and 1/2 of the remainder is mountainous. Potatoes are the principal crop; and in some parts oats, barley, flax, and rye, and some wheat are cultivated. Chief rivers, the Foyle or Green river, the Bann or White river, the Faughan, and the Roe. The linen manufacture flourishes through every part of the county. Pop. 194,099." [From The New London Gazetteer (1826)]

"COUNTY LONDONDERRY, a maritime county in the province of Ulster, Ireland, bounded on the N. by Lough Foyle and the Atlantic Ocean, on the S. by Tyrone, on the E. by Lough Neagh and the county Antrim, and on the W. by the county Donegal. Its greatest length from N. to S. is 40 miles, and its greatest breadth from E. to W. is 34 miles, comprising 518,493 acres, of which about 318,282 are under cultivation, 180,709 uncultivated, 7,718 in plantations, 10,327 under water, and 1,559 in towns and roads. According to Ptolemy it formed part of the country of the Darnii, or Darini; hence the modern designation of Derry. It was chiefly the territory of the O'Nials, O'Loughlins, O'Donnels, and the O'Cahans, or Kanes. Derry was seized by the English towards the close of Elizabeth's reign, so as to check the power of O'Nial and O'Donnel; and when, in 1607, the Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnel fled, nearly all the six counties in Ulster were confiscated. King James sold the county, with all the forfeited territory, in 1609, to the twelve London companies of Clothworkers, Drapers, Fishmongers, Goldsmiths, Grocers, Haberdashers, Ironmongers, Skinners, Mercers, Merchant Tailors, Saltern, and Vintners, who undertook to establish there a Protestant colony, and to expend £20,000 on the plantation, in return for the grant of extensive privileges.......More " [Description from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2018]

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Archives and Libraries

Derry Libraries

Heritage Centre:

  • County Derry or Londonderry Genealogy Centre
    10-16 Pump St
    Derry City
    Co Londonderry
    BT48 6JG
    Northern Ireland
    Tel: + + 44 1504 260329
    Fax: + + 44 1504 374818
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Cemeteries

Derry Cemetery Records - on IGP

Derry Headstones, photos - on IGP

Cemetery Inscriptions, list - on fianna

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Census

Dunboe Parish - 1831 Census Transcription by Dan Wilson.

Derry Census Records - on IGP

Derry Census Substitutes - on IGP

National Census/Substitutes, list  - on fianna

1911 census county Derry FHLC numbers - on fianna

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Church Records

Derry Church Records - on IGP

Roman Catholic Records - on Irish Ancestors

Derry, Church of Ireland Parish Records. Parish, dates, location - on fianna

Derry, Presbyterian Records. Parish, dates. location - on fianna

Derry, Roman Catholic Parish Records. Parish, dates, locations - on fianna

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Civil Registration

Derry Vital Records  -  on IGP

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Description and Travel

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Directories

Derry Directory Records - on IGP

Directories, list - on fianna

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Gazetteers

The transcription for this county from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.

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Genealogy

Home Towns Of Ulster Families, 1691-1718 1691-1718 - on IGP

Various records specific to county Derry - on fianna

The Ireland Genealogy Project's County Derry (Londonderry) page, and its listing of the Project's available Derry Records.

The Irish Ancestors website (subscription) has the following types of records: State Registration of Births, Marriages & Deaths, Census returns, Land records, Church records, Genealogical Office records, Gravestone inscriptions, Directories, Newspapers, Wills, Deeds, and Occupations.

Irish Ancestors' extensive County Derry (Londonderry) website.

The LDS FamilySearch Wiki's Ireland Online Genealogy Records for County Derry (Londonderry).

The Fianna website's pages for County Derry provide important addresses and extensive information about online and other genealogy resources.

Roots Ireland (subscription) "offers access to a unique database of more than 20 million Irish records". Its Derry/Londonderry coverage includes Baptismal/Birth Records, Marriage Records, Burial/Death Records, Census Records, Gravestone Inscriptions, Griffith's Valuation (Free Access), and Census Substitutes.

WorldGenWeb's - Londonderry page

    Electronic Mail Lists:

    For instructions on how to subscribe to these lists, please read this file.

    • NORTHERNIRELANDGENWEB-L[at]rootsweb.ancestry[dot]com is open to anyone with genealogical interest in any county in Northern Ireland, run by Carol Hepburn.
    • NIR-DERRY-L[at]rootsweb.ancestry[dot]com is open to anyone with genealogical interest in any county of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, run by Carol Hepburn.
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    Historical Geography

    List of townlands in county Londonderry on wikipedia

    Derry civil parishes - on Irish Ancestors

    See the county Doire/Derry page on logainm.ie which has links to its civil parish pages

    • "The Placenames Database of Ireland was created by Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge in collaboration with The Placenames Branch (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht). This is a comprehensive management system for data, archival records and placenames research conducted by the State. It is a public resource for Irish people at home and abroad, and for all those who appreciate the rich heritage of Irish placenames."
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    History

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    Land and Property

    Griffiths Valuation 1847/64 on the Ask about Ireland site. Use the search box to bring up entries showing Barony/Parish/Townlands and lists of Occupants

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    Military Records

    Derry Military & Constabulary Records - on IGP

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    Monumental Inscriptions

    Derry Headstones, photos - on IGP

    Cemetery Inscriptions, list - on fianna

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    Names, Personal

    Surnames Derry 1100 thru 1600 - on IGP

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    Newspapers

    Derry Newspaper Records - on IGP

    Local Newspapers;

    • Derry Journal
    • Coleraine Chronicle
    • Coleraine Constitution
    • Londonderry Chronicle
    • Londonderry Guardian
    • Londonderry Journal (Continued as Derry Journal)
    • Londonderry Sentinel
    • Londonderry Standard (continued as Derry Standard)
    • Derry People and Donegal News - Internet edition
    • An Phoblacht/Republican News - Internet edition
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    Obituaries

    Derry Obituaries - on IGP

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    Occupations

    Annual Migration to Harvest from Aghadowey - 1830's era - on IGP

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    Periodicals

    From Fianna:

    • Ardmore Journal (annual),
    • Benbradagh (annual),
      Mr. Hassan, Dungiven Magazine Committee, Ardnagrann, Dungiven, Co. Derry
    • Irish Times Index of Journals
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    Politics and Government

    History of the Irish Parliament - County Londonderry - on the Ulster Historical Foundation site

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    Probate Records

    Derry Wills - on IGP

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    Religion and Religious Life

    Protestants in favour of Catholic Emancipation 1812 (Colerain) - on IGP

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    Social Life and Customs

    Derry photos - on IGP

    Derry photos - on IGP