County Londonderry, Ireland Genealogy
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Ireland County Londonderry
County Londonderry is located in Northern Ireland. The county was founded in 1613 as part of the Plantation of Ulster by King James I. Its name is derived from that of the city, which was rebuilt a few years earlier by the London guilds.
The county is often known in shorthand as Derry, despite there never have being a County Derry before the creation of County Londonderry. 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.
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.
|Civil Parish||Barony||Poor Law Union|
|Ballyaghran||NE Liberties of Coleraine||Coleraine|
|Ballymoney||NE Liberties of Coleraine||Ballymoney|
|Ballyrashane||NE Liberties of Coleraine||Coleraine|
|Ballywillin||NE Liberties of Coleraine||Coleraine|
|Balteagh, now Carrick||Keenaght||Newtown Limavady|
|Banagher, now Learmount||Tirkeeran||Londonderry|
|Bovevagh, now Carrick||Keenaght||Newtown Limavady|
|Coleraine||NE Liberties of Coleraine||Coleraine|
|Cumber Upper||Tirkeeran||Newtown Limavady|
|Cumber Upper, now Learmount||Tirkeeran||Londonderry|
|Kildollagh||NE Liberties of Coleraine||Coleraine|
|Maghera, now Killelagh||Loughinsholin||Magherafelt|
|Tamlaght Finlagan||Keenaght||Newtown Limavady|
|Templemore||NW Liberties of Londonderry||Londonderry|
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.
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.
1885 County Map: Courtesy of London Ancestor
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.
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
- To view a list of Londonderry (or Derry) web sites, visit FHLFavorites.info for some great sites.
- The Londonderry, Northern IrelandGenWeb Project has additional resources worth exploring.