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*[[Northern Ireland Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Biography|Biography]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Census|Census]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Church Directories|Church Directories]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Church History|Church History]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Church Records|Church Records]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Civil Registration- Vital Records|Civil Registration]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Court Records|Court Records]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Directories|Directories]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Emigration and Immigration|Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Genealogy|Genealogy]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Heraldry|Heraldry]]
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*[[Northern Ireland History|History]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Jewish Records|Jewish Records]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Land and Property|Land and Property]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Language and Languages|Languages]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Maps|Maps]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Military Records|Military Records]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Names Personal|Names Personal]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Naturalization and Citizenship|Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Newspapers|Newspapers]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Nobility|Nobility]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Occupations|Occupations]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Periodicals|Periodicals]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc|Poorhouses, Poor Law, Etc.]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Probate Records|Probate Records]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Schools|Schools]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Societies|Societies]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Taxation|Taxation]]
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*[[Northern Ireland Websites|Websites]]
  
 
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__NOTOC__=== Introduction ===
  
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'''Northern Ireland''' is one of the four constituent countries of the [[United Kingdom]] (together with [[England]], [[Scotland]] and [[Wales]]).
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<br> [[Image:Map of Northern Ireland.jpg|thumb|right|Map of Northern Ireland.jpg]]  
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=== Getting started with Northern Ireland research  ===
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Northern Ireland was created in 1921, when the island of [[Ireland]] was partitioned between Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland. Until then the whole island of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. Southern Ireland, later became the Irish Free State in 1922, and in 1949, the Republic of Ireland.
  
Researching in Northern Ireland is NOT the same as researching in the [[Ireland|Republic of Ireland]] for the following reasons:
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[[Image:Map of Northern Ireland.jpg|thumb|right]]  
 
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#Although originally Catholic, over time what now constitutes Northern Ireland became predominately a Protestant country.  
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#The majority of records are based on English law since it became a part of the [[United Kingdom|United Kingdom]].
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#Many of the original records have been destroyed in the various conflicts that culminated in the 1921 "troubles", but copies of some records do exist
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#Therefore a knowledge of history of this area and the potential records that could be found is essential
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nirwgw/nir_resources.htm General Information About Northern Ireland]  
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=== The Province of Ulster  ===
 
=== The Province of Ulster  ===
  
Ulster in one of the historic provinces of Ireland. It consists of nine counties, six of which are in Northern Ireland and three in the Republic of Ireland.  
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Ulster is one of the historic provinces of Ireland. It consists of nine counties, six of which are in Northern Ireland and three in the Republic of Ireland.  
  
 
*[[County Antrim]]  
 
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*[[County Monaghan]] (in the Republic of Ireland)  
 
*[[County Monaghan]] (in the Republic of Ireland)  
 
*[[County Tyrone]]
 
*[[County Tyrone]]
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=== Getting started with Northern Ireland research  ===
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Researching in Northern Ireland is NOT the same as researching in the [[Ireland|Republic of Ireland]] for the following reasons:
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#Although originally Catholic, over time what now constitutes Northern Ireland became predominately a Protestant country.
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#The majority of records are based on English law since it became a part of the [[United Kingdom|United Kingdom]].
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#Many of the original records have been destroyed in the various conflicts that culminated in the 1921 "troubles", but copies of some records do exist
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#Therefore a knowledge of history of this area and the potential records that could be found is essential
  
 
=== Jurisdictions  ===
 
=== Jurisdictions  ===
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=== Web Sites  ===
 
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nirwgw/nir_resources.htm General Information About Northern Ireland]
  
 
*[http://www.proni.gov.uk Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)]  
 
*[http://www.proni.gov.uk Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)]  

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Introduction

Northern Ireland is one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom (together with England, Scotland and Wales).

Northern Ireland was created in 1921, when the island of Ireland was partitioned between Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland. Until then the whole island of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. Southern Ireland, later became the Irish Free State in 1922, and in 1949, the Republic of Ireland.

Map of Northern Ireland.jpg

The Province of Ulster

Ulster is one of the historic provinces of Ireland. It consists of nine counties, six of which are in Northern Ireland and three in the Republic of Ireland.

Getting started with Northern Ireland research

Researching in Northern Ireland is NOT the same as researching in the Republic of Ireland for the following reasons:

  1. Although originally Catholic, over time what now constitutes Northern Ireland became predominately a Protestant country.
  2. The majority of records are based on English law since it became a part of the United Kingdom.
  3. Many of the original records have been destroyed in the various conflicts that culminated in the 1921 "troubles", but copies of some records do exist
  4. Therefore a knowledge of history of this area and the potential records that could be found is essential

Jurisdictions

The main records of value to family historians and genealogists are:

  • Census (some)
  • Civil Registration
  • Church Records
  • Court Records
  • Electoral Records
  • Emigration Records
  • Landed Estate Records
  • Local Government Records
  • Military Records
  • Poor Law Records
  • School Records
  • Valuation and Tithe Records
  • Wills and Testamentary Records

A Turbulent History Destroyed Many Records - Records of Ulster ancestors have been lost due to the consistent warfare that occurred in all parts of the island of Ireland. Other countries in the United Kingdom have a more consistent set of records with less loss.

The following lists record types that could be available in some way:

  • Census
  • Census Substitutes
  • Church
  • Valuation
  • Estate
  • Tithe Applotment Books
  • Landed Estate
  • Registry of Deeds
  • Wills and other Testamentary Records
  • Various Printed Sources
  • Emigration
  • Poor Law
  • Local Authority Sources
  • Ordnance Survey Maps and Memoirs
  • Electoral Records
  • Solicitors Records
  • Business Records
  • Crown Records
  • Militia, Yeomanry, and Irish Royal Constabulary

Web Sites

General Information About Northern Ireland

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