Aghalee, Antrim Genealogy

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The following information is a starting point for records about the civil parish of Antrim. The information is based on locations and records before 1922.

Historical Overview


 Aghallee (also spelled Aghanalee), is a civil  & ecclesiastical parish in the upper half-barony of Massareene and is in the Diocese of Dromore. The vicarage forms part of the union of Magheramesk.

In the Roman Catholic divisions Aghallee forms part of the union or district of Aghagallon, or Ballinderry.


Contiguous parishes are: Aghagallon, Magheramesk, and Ballinderry in County Antrim and Bangor parish in County Down.

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There is a graveyard in Aghalee parish church yard,but no information known about any index to the headstones there. Should someone know of any list of persons buried in this graveyard, we invite you to add some information here.


The purpose of a census was to gather information about people who lived in an area. While the government began census taking in 1821, only fragments exist before 1901. Censuses for 1901 and 1911 are available. Read more about the records in the Ireland Census article.

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The Roman Catholic Parish of Aghagallon, Aghallee and Ballinderry has records of baptism, marriage, and death beginning in 1828. There missing dates : July 1848 to May 1872. Record availability is as follows: Original registers are in local custody. The National Library of Ireland has a microfilm copy the original register. Following are the particulars: Baptisms cover April 1, 1828 to December 20, 1880; Marriages cover May 25 1828 to November 8, 1880 and Burials are available from March 29, 1828 to July 5, 1848 and May 25 1872 to December 25 1880. The reference for these records is: Pos. 5467. The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has copies of records for this parish as well. Baptisms: 1828-1889; Marriages: 1828-1889; Burials are available 1828-1846 and 1873-1881. The reference for this set of records is MIC. 1D/6.63. Lastly, the Ulster Historical Foundation has available Baptism records 1828-1900, Marriage records 1828-1900 and Burial records 1828-1900.

Church of Ireland

The Parish Church of Aghalee also serves the civil parishes of Aghagallon and Megheramesk. Ecclesiastically, the three are one united Church of Ireland parish. The name of the church is Holy Trinity. Augallon is an alternate spelling for Aghagallon; Magheramisk is an alternate spelling for Magheramesk. The contents of the records are: Baptisms, 1812-1881; Marriages, 1812-1845; Burials, 1811-1874. This parish information relates to the records available through the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. The microfilm number is 908817 items 2-3. The earliest records available from the local parish are: Baptisms, 1782; Marriages, 1782; Burials, 1782.


There are no known Presbyterian congregations within the boundary of Aghalee parish, but the closest congregations are located in Ballinderry civil parish and Magheragall civil parish.


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Society of Friends

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Civil Registration

Government registration of births and deaths began in 1864. Registration of Protestant marriages began in 1845, with all marriages being registered by 1864. Go to the Ireland Civil Registration article to read more about these records.

Land records

The Registry of Deeds started in 1708. Land transactions were recorded, including immovable property passed on in a will and property given to a daughter at her marriage. Read more about these records in the Ireland Land and Property article.

Probate records

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School records

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Tax records

The valuation of property for tax purposes was started in the 1840s by Richard Griffith. A tax paid to the church, call Tithe Applotments, began in the 1820s. Read about these records in the Ireland Taxation and Ireland Land and Property articles. Add records for this parish that you know about.

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Further Reading

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