Armoy, 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


The civil parish of Armoy, also called Ardmoy. This parish is partly located in Upper Dunluce Barony, but is mainly situated in the Barony of Carey. It is located on the river Bush and the road from Ballycastle to Ballymena passes through the parish. Armoy is in the diocese of Connor, the church being near the center of the parish.

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The townlands found in this civil parish can be found on website: . Surrounding parishes are Ramoan, Grange of Drumtullagh, Derrykeighan, Loughguille, and Culfeightrin. Armoy as mentioned above is in the barony of Cary and is also in the Poor Law Union of Ballycastle.

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There are two cemeteries in Armoy parish. One is a Church of Ireland graveyard in the townland of Glebe and the other is a Presbyterian graveyard in the townland of Moyover Lower.


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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Church records

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Armoy is a civil parish in the union of Ballycastle, partly in the barony of Upper Dunluce, but mainly in the barony of Carey. The whole of the parish, with the exception of a few townlands and part of the village of Armoy, belongs to the see of Connor. The living was formerly a vicarage, the rectory being appropriate to the archdeaconry from 1609 till 1831, afterward it became a rectory under the provisions of Bishop Mant's act.


In the Roman Catholic divisions this parish is united with that of Ballintoy, in which there is a chapel. There is a small edifice in Armoy as well. Church registers begin in 1848.

Church of Ireland

Church registers begin in 1854.


There is a place of worship for Presbyterians. Baptism registers begin in 1842; marriages begin in 1815. These registers are in local custody, but the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has a microfilm copy. The reference number to the microfilm is MIC 1P/290.


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Society of Friends

To discover what is available  on the Quaker population in County Antrim contact: Religious Society of Friends, 4 Magheralave Road, Lisburn BT28 3BD. County Antrim Internet: http://www.quakers-in-ireland/; E-mail:


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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

Probate dealt with the property of a deceased person. Read more about these records in the Ireland Probate Records article.

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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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