Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

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Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors is an expert introduction for the family historian to the wealth of material available to researchers in archives throughout Northern Ireland. Many records, like the early twentieth-century census returns and school registers, will be familiar to researchers, but others are often overlooked by all but the most experienced of genealogists.

An easy-to-use, informative guide to the comprehensive collections available at the Public Record Office...

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Tracing Your Northern Ancestors: A Guide to the North East & Cumbria for the Family Historian

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Overview

Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors is an expert introduction for the family historian to the wealth of material available to researchers in archives throughout Northern Ireland. Many records, like the early twentieth-century census returns and school registers, will be familiar to researchers, but others are often overlooked by all but the most experienced of genealogists.

An easy-to-use, informative guide to the comprehensive collections available at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland is key feature of Ian Maxwell's handbook. He also takes reader through the records held in many libraries, museums and heritage centres across the province, and he provides detailed coverage of records that are available online.

Unlike the rest of the British Isles, which has very extensive civil and census records, Irish ancestral research is hampered by the destruction of many of the major collections. Yet Ian Maxwell shows how family historians can make good use of church records, school registers and land valuation records to trace their roots to the beginning of the nineteenth century and beyond.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848841673
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 4/19/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Where to Begin 11

What Do I Need to Know? 12

A Walk Round a Graveyard 12

Surnames 12

Visiting the Archives 15

Family History Centres 17

Heritage or Genealogical Centres 17

Societies 18

DNA 18

Chapter 2 Census Records 20

1821 20

1831 20

1841 20

1851 21

1861, 1871, 1881, and 1891 22

1901 22

1911 23

1901 and 1911 Censuses Online 23

Old-age Pension Claims 24

Chapter 3 Civil Registration 25

Birth Certificates 26

Marriage Certificates 26

Death Certificates 27

The Indexes 27

General Register Office, Belfast, and District Registrar's Offices 27

Church of Latter-Day Saints 29

Chapter 4 Eighteenth-century Records 31

Survey of Downpatrick, 1708 31

Protestant Householders, 1740 31

Armagh 'Census', 1770 32

Flaxseed Premiums, 1796 33

Catholic Migrants from Ulster, 1795-96 34

Records Relating to the 1798 Rebellion 34

Chapter 5 Seventeenth-century Records 36

1602 'Census of Fews' 36

Fiants of the Tudor Sovereigns, 1521-1603 36

Calendars of Patent Rolls from the Reigns of James I and Charles I 37

Muster Rolls, 1630s and 1640s 37

Depositions of 1641 Rising 40

Books of Survey and Distribution 41

Civil Survey of Ireland 42

Census of Ireland, c. 1659 43

Poll Tax Returns, 1660 44

Hearth-money Rolls, 1666 45

Subsidy Rolls, 1630s, 1660s 46

The Franciscan Petition Lists, 1670-71 47

Names of Those Attainted by James II, 1689 48

Williamite War and Siege of Londonderry, 1689 49

Regiments of Infantry 50

Chapter 6 The Plantation of Ulster 51

The Records 55

Plantatin Records of the London Companies 56

Chapter 7 Church Records 59

The Records 65

Church of Ireland Records 65

Indexes to Church Registers 67

Roman Catholic Church Records 68

Presbyterian Church Records 69

Methodist Records 70

The Religious Society of Friends (or Quakers) 71

Congregational Church Records 71

Baptist Church Records 71

Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church (or Unitarians) 72

Reformed Presbyterian Church (or Covenanters) 73

Moravian Church Records 73

Huguenot Records 74

Jewish Records 74

Census Returns 75

Marriage Licence Bonds 76

Chapter 8 School Records 78

Secondary Education 84

Third-level Education 85

Chapter 9 Valuation and Tithe Records 87

Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-38 87

Valuation Records 88

Chapter 10 Landed Estate Records 93

The Name of the Local Landlord 98

The Records 98

Other Classes of Records 100

Chapter 11 Wills and Testamentary Records 107

Wills Before 1858 108

Wills, 1858-1900 109

Wills From 1900 110

Chapter 12 Printed Sources 112

Ordnance Survey Memoirs 112

Street Directories and Almanacs 113

Countrywide Directories 114

Provincial Directories 115

Newspapers 119

Chapter 13 Poor Law Records 12

The Records 127

Chapter 14 Local-government Records 130

Corporations 130

Belfast Corporation 130

Other Corporations 132

Town Commissioners 133

Grand Jury 134

County Councils 136

Chapter 15 Military Records 138

The Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum 139

The Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers Regimental Museum 140

The Regimental Museum of The Royal Ulster Rifles 140

Militia 141

Yeomanry 143

Volunteers 145

Chapter 16 Electoral Records 147

Voters, Poll and Freeholders' Records 147

Poll Books 148

Electoral Registers and Voters' Lists 149

Chapter 17 Law and Order 152

Policing 152

The Courts 154

Crown and Peace Records 154

Chapter 18 Emigration 157

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast 159

Ulster American Folk Park 162

Chapter 19 Miscellaneous Collections 164

Solicitors' Collections 164

Business Records 165

Orange Order Records 166

Hospital Collections 168

Charity Records 169

Pedigrees 170

Ulster Covenant, 1912 171

Appendix: Useful Addresses 172

Bibliography and Sources 177

Index 179

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