Ballylinny, 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 parish of Ballylinny is in the poor law union of Antrim, barony of Lower Belfast. It adjoins the town of Ballyclare. The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Connor, united to the vicarage of Carmoney and the rectory of Ballymartin. The church was destroyed but the churchyard is still used as a graveyard by the parishioners.

The Presbyterians have a place of worship here.

In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish is part of the district of Larne and Carrickfergus.


A list of the names of townlands in this civil parish can be obtained at website: .

The surrounding parishes are: Ballymartin, Ballynure, Carnmoney, Grange of Doagh, and Templepatrick.

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The townland of Ballylinny has two graveyards one is Presbyterian the other is not stated. There is also in the townland of Ballymartin a graveyard.


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 Catholics living in the civil parish have a meeting place in Ballyclare. The parish is part of Ballyclare and part of Carrickfergus in the diocese of Connor. 

Ballyclare's earliest register for baptisms is July 1869 and for marriages February 1870. The registers are in the custody of the local church and the National Library of Ireland has a microfilmed copy of them. The records have been indexed by the Ulster Historical Foundation.

Church of Ireland

As stated above the church was destroyed in Ballylinny, parishioners meet at theCarnmoney parish church. The registers in Carnmoney begin as follows: baptisms: 1788; marriages 1789; deaths: 1845.

The original registers are in the custody of the local church and microfilm copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and at Family History Centers around the world. The film numbers are: 990097 or another copy is on film 990488 (baptisms cover 1788 through 1879; marriages and deaths cover 1791 through 1855).


The Presbyterian population in Ballylinny attended church in Ballyclare and church registers begin for both baptisms and marriages in 1837.

The original register are in the custody of the local church. Microfilm copies of these records can be found at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) film number MIC 1P/327 (1851-); Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah film number 973220 (cover baptisms/marriages from 1837) film numbers 883875-883884 contain an index to the records).

The Presbyterian register of Antrim are being indexed by the Ulster Historical Foundation.


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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 Mageralave Road, Lisburn BT28 3BD. County Antrim Internet: http://www.quakers-in-ireland . Also 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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