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'''County Londonderry''' or '''County Derry''' is one of the six counties of [[Northern Ireland]]. It is in the province of [[Ulster]]. The county town is Coleraine. The main settlement is the city of Derry/Londonderry.  
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'''County Londonderry''' or '''County Derry''' (Irish: '''Contae Dhoire''') is one of the six counties of [[Northern Ireland]]. It is in the province of [[Ulster]]. The county town is Coleraine. The main settlement is the city of Derry/Londonderry.  
  
 
The name over the past century has become contentious, with Irish nationalists seeking to remove "London" from the county and city name and unionists opposing this.  
 
The name over the past century has become contentious, with Irish nationalists seeking to remove "London" from the county and city name and unionists opposing this.  
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
The county was founded in 1613 as part of the ''Plantation of Ulster'' by King James I of [[England]], and twelve London guilds were contracted to develop it. They were also to rebuild the settlement of Derry. In recognition of their work, King James I named the new city and county after the London companies by adding the prefix "London" to "Derry".<br>
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The county was founded in 1613 as part of the ''Plantation of Ulster'' by King James I of [[England]], and twelve London guilds were contracted to develop it. They were also to rebuild the settlement of Derry. In recognition of their work, King James I named the new city and county after the London companies by adding the prefix "London" to "Derry".  
  
Prior to 1613 what became County Londonderry used to be parts of different counties: County Coleraine; the barony of Loughinsholin in County Tyrone; the North-East Liberties of Coleraine in County Antrim; and the North-West Liberties of Londonderry in County Donegal. <br>
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Prior to 1613 what became County Londonderry used to be parts of different counties: County Coleraine; the barony of Loughinsholin in County Tyrone; the North-East Liberties of Coleraine in County Antrim; and the North-West Liberties of Londonderry in County Donegal.  
  
Since the plantation, whilst the shortform Derry was very commonly used over the centuries by all sides, in the past century Irish nationalists polticised the issue by trying to have "London" officially removed from the name.<br>
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Since the plantation, whilst the short form Derry was very commonly used over the centuries by all sides, in the past century Irish nationalists polticised the issue by trying to have "London" officially removed from the name.  
  
Regardless of this controversy, many documents of genealogical value make use of either Londonderry and its shortform Derry without any political connoctations.<br>
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Regardless of this controversy, many documents of genealogical value make use of either Londonderry and its short form Derry without any political connoctations.  
  
 
== General County Research Information  ==
 
== General County Research Information  ==

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County Londonderry or County Derry (Irish: Contae Dhoire) is one of the six counties of Northern Ireland. It is in the province of Ulster. The county town is Coleraine. The main settlement is the city of Derry/Londonderry.

The name over the past century has become contentious, with Irish nationalists seeking to remove "London" from the county and city name and unionists opposing this.

History

The county was founded in 1613 as part of the Plantation of Ulster by King James I of England, and twelve London guilds were contracted to develop it. They were also to rebuild the settlement of Derry. In recognition of their work, King James I named the new city and county after the London companies by adding the prefix "London" to "Derry".

Prior to 1613 what became County Londonderry used to be parts of different counties: County Coleraine; the barony of Loughinsholin in County Tyrone; the North-East Liberties of Coleraine in County Antrim; and the North-West Liberties of Londonderry in County Donegal.

Since the plantation, whilst the short form Derry was very commonly used over the centuries by all sides, in the past century Irish nationalists polticised the issue by trying to have "London" officially removed from the name.

Regardless of this controversy, many documents of genealogical value make use of either Londonderry and its short form Derry without any political connoctations.

General County Research Information

Further information about County Londonderry is available at the GenUKI site.

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

A map of the Civil Parishes of County Londonderry is available at Irish Times site.

A map of the Catholic Parishes of County Londonderry is available at the Irish Times site. 

Civil Parish - Church of Ireland

Barony Poor Law Union Catholic Parish[1] Catholic Diocese[1]
Aghadowey Coleraine Ballymoney Coleraine
Derry
Aghadowey Coleraine Coleraine
Aghaloo Keenaght Newtown Limavady Newtown Limavady Derry
Aghanloo Keenaght Newtown Limavady Newtown Limavady Derry
Agivey Coleraine Coleraine Coleraine Derry
Arboe Loughinsholin Magherafelt Ardboe or Arboe Derry
Artrea Loughinsholin Magherafelt Artrea and Desertlin Armagh
Ballinderry Loughinsholin Magherafelt Ballinderry Armagh
Ballyaghran NE Liberties of Coleraine Coleraine Coleraine Derry
Ballymoney NE Liberties of Coleraine Ballymoney Ballymoney and Derrykeighan Connor
Ballynascreen Loughinsholin Magherafelt Ballynascreen or Draperstown Derry
Ballyrashane NE Liberties of Coleraine Coleraine Portrush Connor
Ballyscullion Loughinsholin Magherafelt Bellaghy Derry
Ballywillin NE Liberties of Coleraine Coleraine Coleraine Derry
Balteagh Keenaght Newtown Limavady Errigal Derry
Balteagh, now Carrick Keenaght Newtown Limavady Newtown Limavady Derry
Banagher Keenaght Newtown Limavady Feeny

Derry

Banagher Tirkeeran Londonderry
Banagher Tirkeeran Newtown Limavady
Banagher, now Learmount Tirkeeran Londonderry Cumber Upper and Learmount Derry
Bovevagh Keenaght Newtown Limavady part Banagher; part Dungiven Derry
Bovevagh, now Carrick Keenaght Newtown Limavady Newtown Limavady Derry
Clondermot Tirkeeran Londonderry Glendermot Derry
Coleraine NE Liberties of Coleraine Coleraine Coleraine Connor
Cumber Lower Tirkeeran Londonderry part Glendermot; part Cumber Derry
Cumber Upper Tirkeeran Londonderry Cumber Upper and Learmount Derry
Cumber Upper Tirkeeran Newtown Limavady
Cumber Upper, now Learmount Tirkeeran Londonderry Cumber Upper and Learmount Derry
Derryloran Loughinsholin Magherafelt Desertcreat and Derryloran Armagh
Desertlyn Loughinsholin Magherafelt part Artrea; part Magherafelt Armagh
Desertmartin Loughinsholin Magherafelt Desertmartin and Kilcronaghan Derry
Desertoghill Coleraine Ballymoney Kilrea and Desertoghill; part Errigal
Derry
Desertoghill Coleraine Coleraine
Drumachose Keenaght Newtown Limavady Newtown Limavady Derry
Dunboe Coleraine Coleraine Dunboe, Macosquin and Aghadowey Derry
Dungiven Keenaght Newtown Limavady Dungiven Derry
Errigal Coleraine Coleraine Errigal Derry
Faughanvale Tirkeeran Londonderry Faughanavale and Lower Cumber Derry
Faughanvale Tirkeeran Newtown Limavady
Kilcronaghan Loughinsholin Magherafelt Desertmartin and Kilcronaghan Derry
Kildollagh NE Liberties of Coleraine Coleraine Coleraine Derry
Killelagh Loughinsholin Magherafelt part Errigal; part Maghera Derry
Killowen Coleraine Coleraine Coleraine Derry
Kilrea Coleraine Ballymoney Kilrea and Desertoghill Derry
Kilrea Loughinsholin Ballymoney
Lissan Loughinsholin Magherafelt Lissan Armagh
Macosquin Coleraine Coleraine part Coleraine; part Dunboe Derry
Maghera Loughinsholin Magherafelt Maghera and Killylough; part Termoneeny Derry
Maghera, now Killelagh Loughinsholin Magherafelt part Errigal; part Maghera Derry
Magherafelt Loughinsholin Magherafelt Magherafelt and Ardtrea Armagh
Magilligan Keenaght Newtown Limavady

Tamlaght Loughinsholin Magherafelt Ardboe or Arboe Armagh
Tamlaght Finlagan Keenaght Newtown Limavady Newtown Limavady Derry
Tamlaght O'Crilly Coleraine Ballymoney Greenlough; part Kilrea Derry
Tamlaght O'Crilly Loughinsholin Ballymoney
Tamlaght O'Crilly Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Templemore NW Liberties of Londonderry Londonderry Templemore Derry
Termoneeny Loughinsholin Magherafelt Termoneeny Derry

Census Substitutes

Abstracts of "The Muster Roll of the County of London Derry 1630," and the 1663 Hearth Tax of the City of Londonderry and its Liberties have been published and are available for free online:

  • Mervine, William M. "The Men of Londonderry in 1630 and 1663," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 38 (1914):355-372. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Church Records

Please add information on county Londonderry about Church records

  • Baptist
  • Roman Catholic

Daly, Edward. (former Bishop of Derry) Derry Diocesan Archive.  The bulk of materials in this Archive relates to the latter half of the 20th Century.  Each item has been read, catalogued with several subject headings, date, description, names of persons involved, subject matter and stored archivally. Article covers years 1846-1997.  Article is to be found in Journal. Irish Archives: Journal of the Irish Society for Archives.Family History Library Ref.  941.5 B2ia vol. 12, year 2005-2006, page 10-11.

  • Church of Ireland
  • Methodist
  • Presbyterian

Genealogy

Entries From the Family Bible of Alexander and Esther Crookshank, Contributed by Anne Crookshank.  Genealogy of Crookshank from the Family Bible originally given by William Kennedy of the City of Londonderry to his daughter Esther 1763 who in turn gave to her son Charles Crookshank 1810, covers years 1768-1893, Dublin, and England, Somerset Bath. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. IX, no.1.1977, pages1-2, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v9.

Maps

1885 County Map: Courtesy of London Ancestor

Occupations

Ffolliott, Rosemary.  Game Licences in North-West Ulster in 1802. Continuing List of Game Certificated printed originally in the Londonderry Journal of 24 Aug. 1802. Article in The Irish Ancestor, Vol.VIII. no.2. 1976, pages 84-86. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v7-8.

Probates

Abstracts of Some Hamilton Wills.  From the papers of the late Sir Arthur Vicars, Ulster King of Arms. These extracts from Wills proved in the Diocese of Derry before 1749, cover surname Hamilton from all over Ireland.  Article found in The Irish Ancestor, vol.III, no 1.1971 pages 27-32, Family Hisotry Ref. 941.5 B2i

Abstract of Wills.  Will for William Semple of Kirklees, clerk, rector of Lamfield Co. Derry. 1686.Will for Henry O'Hara of Rock Castle 1842 Co. Londonderry. Lists heirs, Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol.V.no.1.1973, pages 53-61, Family History Ref. 941.5 B2i v.5-6

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ryan, James G. Irish Records: sources for family and local history. USA: Ancestry.com, 1997. FHL 941.5 D23r