Ireland Presbyterian Church Records

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In 1605 Scottish Presbyterians began a massive migration into Northern Ireland. In the 1700s and early 1800s several groups split off from the Presbyterian Church. These congregations kept their own records. Most congregations started keeping records in the early 1800s. In 1840 most of these congregations rejoined the main body of Irish Presbyterians.

Christening records usually record the name of the father, and sometimes the first name and maiden name of the mother. They may also record birth date, legitimacy, father's occupation, and the family's place of residence. Marriage Records kept by Presbyterian ministers include birth, baptism, and marriage records. These records are similar in content to Church of Ireland records except that the mother’s maiden name is often given in the birth and baptism records.

The following Web sites will help you learn more about Presbyterian records.

The Family History Library has only a few Presbyterian Church records. Look in the Family History Library Catalog to see if it refers you to a record for your parish.

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Library tab
  3. Click Family History Library Catalog.
  4. Click Place Search.
  5. Type the name of a parish and click Search.
  6. Click on the name that matches your request.
  7. Scroll down and click the topic Church'Records'.
  8. Click on a title.
  9. Click View Film Notes to find the film numbers.