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ISSN 1443-5888 Volume 9, No. 9, September 2007.

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Editor: Terry Eakin, 334 Burns Bay Road, LANE COVE, NSW 2066
Contact E-mail address: ISSN 1443-5888
Volume 9, No. 9, September 2007

Introduction: ÔÇÿAll Ireland SourcesÔÇÖ is a monthly newsletter distributed free by E-mail to Family History Societies and interested researchers near the end of each month. Distribution by Australia Post each three months (three issues) costs $6.00 annually within Australia. The aim is to bring items of interest regarding Irish record sources to the Australian genealogist.
The editor would appreciate being made aware of records relating to the Irish, particularly those held in Australia or new in the LDS Family History Library. Back copies available free for downloading from
Note new email address.

A Quick Reference Guide to Sources for County Londonderry [also known as County Derry].

The records covered here are some of the well known coupled with some of the more obscure and often relating to a single parish or a group of parishes or a barony. Some relate to a local militia or church records generally available worldwide such as those in the LDS Family History Centres where films can be ordered in for viewing for a small fee. Do check the LDS FHL catalog for correct film numbers in case I make a mistake. When looking at church baptisms, marriages and burials, these are primary records, as you are viewing the original documents. This is not a complete listing.

Year Record Brief Description Location(s)

1912 The Covenant On line free at PRONI with the original documents linked
showing the signature for those who signed. Indexed and linked digitally. Multiple search
1911 Government Census with married women listing years married, number of children born alive and number of children still living in 1911. (survives complete)
LDS films and soon to be on line with free access and linked to the digitized original form.
Dublin City and County will be online later in 2007 with Co. Derry about a year later.
1901 Government Census (survives complete). LDS films available but care needed to order the correct film for a town or townland. Guides available for ordering. Free on line about 2010 or 2011 after the 1911 census is completed for all 32 counties.
1894 Directory of Ireland Book, Eneclann to digitize.
1887 Derry Almanac and Directory Book first edition, Published annually from 1891
1881 SlaterÔÇÖs Royal National Commercial Directory of Ireland Book, series on CD ROM from
Eneclann, First edition 1846, alphabetical by province and town, then by trade, with names
of school teachers, major farmers and nobility and gentry in or near towns.
1870 Londonderry voters PRONI, Presbyterian Historical Society
1868 VotersÔÇÖ list in 1868 PRONI, NLI
1868 Londonderry City Poll Magee University Library

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1858-1859 GriffithÔÇÖs Valuation of Ireland, County Londonderry CD ROM, online (pay)
1852 HendersonÔÇÖs Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory, also published in 1854. CD ROM from Eneclann
1850 Census of the Presbyterian Congregation of Magilligan PRONI
1847 Protestants at Fallaghy PRONI D/2098
1844-1869 The Coleraine Chronicle, Births, Marriages and Deaths 1844-1869, 3600 births, 8,800 deaths and 5,800 marriages with full notices extracted. CD ROM published by the
Coleraine Branch of the North of Ireland FHS. Also book.
1860-1863 The Ballymoney Northern Herald, Births, Marriages and Deaths 1860-1863 Book, included on CD ROM above.
1842-1869 VotersÔÇÖ List NAI
1839 List of persons who obtained Game Certifications in Ulster (includes County Derry).
1838 Lists of Marksmen (illiterate voters) Parliamentary Papers 1837, Vol. 11(1), Appendix A
1837 Occupants of Londonderry Parl. Papers 1837, Vol. 11(1), Appendix G.
1837 Occupants of Coleraine Parl. Papers 1837, Vol. 11(1), Appendix G.
1837 Names and residences of Aldermen Parl. Papers 1837, Vol. 13(2).
1837 List of those made Freemen of Londonderry and Coleraine since 1831. Parl. Papers 1837, Vol. 11(1), Appendix B1, 1830-1838, 13(2), Appendix 3.
1832 Petition of County Derry Flaxgrowers NAI Outrage Papers 1832-2188
1832 List of persons who voted at the Coleraine Borough Election 1832. LDS fiche 6342808
1832 Londonderry City Registry PRONI
1831 Government Census fragments PRONI, published on CD ROM by FTM Family Archives.
1830 Register of Freeholders Londonderry City and County PRONI D/834
1829 Magherafelt Tithe Applotment South Derry Historical Society Journal Vol. 1, No. 2 (1981-2)
1829 Census of Protestants PRONI T/308
1829-1869 The Londonderry Sentinel, Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1829-1869.Published on CD ROM by the Coleraine Branch of the North of Ireland FHS, with the full newspaper notices included.

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1851 Government Census fragments Refer to the film notes on LDS films 258538 to 258541 for details.
1841 Government Census fragments Refer to the film notes on LDS films 258538 to 258541 for details.
1821 Government Census fragments (these are the original forms on film covering many parishes in counties Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford. Film 100158 is quite legible and easy to transcribe. LDS film 824240, item 3 with the names Hohnston (Johnson),
McShane and Thompson only. Check film 100158 for any from County Derry
1832-1836 Names of Holders of Applications for Licences to Sell Liquor. Parl. Papers 1837
1831-1832 First Valuation of the City of Derry LDS films 597160-597164 and film 874437.
1823-1838 Tithe Applotment Survey 1823-38 On CD ROM for the six counties now Northern Ireland. Publisher Broderbund ISBN 1 579441 89 0.
1796 Flaxgrowers Bounty List 1796 On CD ROM for all 32 counties, publisher Broderbund ISBN 1 579441 83 1.
1808-1813 FreeholdersÔÇÖ List NAI film M-6199
1797-1800 Muster Rolls LDS film 993910
1829 Census of Protestants PRONI T/308
1803 Census for Faughanvale Parish, County Derry Ulster Genealogical & Historical Guild (UHF) newsletter (1984) now the Directory of MembersÔÇÖ Interests (UHF)
1796 Census of the Garvagh 1st Presbyterian Congregation Garvagh Presbyterian Church
register at PRONI Mic/1P/257
1796 & 1840 Garvagh Census townlands and walking route free online Perhaps the names are online.
1654-1656 Civil Survey, hard cover book published by the Stationery Office, edited by Robert C Simington Published in 1937 and in many family history libraries. Covers counties Donegal, Londonderry and Tyrone

A Note About the Civil Survey: The Civil Survey was begun in June 1654, and commissions
continued to be issued during 1655 and 1656. Through the zeal and industry of the late W. H. Hardinge, Esq. M.R.I.A., its territorial extent, the names of the commissioners, and the dates of their commissions can be ascertained. As to the extent of the Civil Survey, it comprehended the whole of Leinster, the whole of Ulster, with the exception of the barony of Farney, in the County of Monaghan; the whole of Munster, with the exception of Clare; in Connaught, only the county of Leitrim was surveyed. This represented in all a Civil Survey of twenty-seven counties. For the remaining five, the earlier survey, called StraffordÔÇÖs survey,
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was available. According to the Book of Distribution, the Gross SurveyÔÇöthe survey immediately preceeding the Civil Survey, was utilized for the barony of Farney.

What has survived of the Civil Survey extends to parts of three provinces, namely, for
MunsterÔÇöTipperary, Limerick, Waterford, and part of one barony in Kerry; for LeinsterÔÇöDublin (except New Castle and Upper Cross), Kildare (except Ophaley), Meath, Wexford (except Forth); for UlsterÔÇöDonegal, Londonderry and Tyrone.

From this survival of the Civil Survey, and from the Commission and Instructions which have
been preserved, the functions of the commissioners, the duties of the juries, and the method of exhibiting their survey may be learned.

The functions of the Commissioners included the holding of Courts of Survey, and in having
their ascertained particulars engrossed in one or more books, each barony by itself. These
engrossments were to be returned, attested under the hands of three or more of the Commissioners, to the Surveyor-General and a duplicate, in like manner, fairly engrossed, attested and sealed up to the Registrar for Forfeited Lands. It appears from the list of the Commissioners, for each county, that the same set operated in several counties. Thus, in Ulster, the identical Commissioners were appointed for Antrim, Armagh and Down, and likewise another similar set for Derry, Donegal and Tyrone. In the south and east the same Commissioners were appointed for Waterford and QueenÔÇÖs County; and again the one set for KingÔÇÖs County and Longford.

Before the Civil Survey was begun, it was recommended that the Commissioners to be
appointed should be the Commissioners of Revenue ÔÇ£upon the placeÔÇØ or ÔÇ£other able and knowing men in the countryÔÇØ. The names, which have been preserved, can be identified with the family names associated with the landed settlements in Ireland, for a period considerably more than fifty years prior to the Survey. In the north, particularly, the Commissioners would appear to have been proprietors of land. From time to time, new Commissioners were appointed, as the attestations to the Survey, which has survived, show. Mr HardingeÔÇÖs list is that of the original Commissioners.

The duties of the local juries were of the widest and most responsible nature. They were to be given ÔÇ£in charge to inquire and find out all and every the particularsÔÇØ required to be ascertained. They were, when necessary ÔÇ£to view and tread the meets and bounds of the premises, and to forme all such other matters and things as are perfectly inquirable in courts of survey ÔǪÔÇØ These juries were composedÔÇöas was indeed attestedÔÇöof ÔÇ£the most able and ancient Inhabitants of the countryÔÇØ. Their names have survived for all the baronies of two countiesÔÇöTipperary and Limerick. [For further information read the introduction to ÔÇÿThe Civil Survey of Donegal, Londonderry and TyroneÔÇÖ ]

The Survey extended far beyond the discovery of forfeited lands, Crown lands, Church lands,
the lands of the English and of Protestant landsÔÇötheir owners, and estimated areas. It revealed and preserved the memory of the ancient bounds, place-names, and antiquities of three provinces. It comprehended the detection of the wealth and valuation of the country, in every form, under and above the surface of the land. The Civil Survey is not limited to defining the boundaries of forfeited lands; it records the boundaries of baronies.

The Survey gives independent dealings with lands, transfers by sale, bequests by testament,
mortgages, and marriage settlements. It is a description of the physical features of the land from the highest to the lowest de3nominationsÔÇöa geography of its mountains, its high roads, its rivers and streamlets, and simultaneously a record of the ownership and title to the lands which these natural boundaries surrounded or divided. This survey was a preliminary work, essential to the discovery and description in a legitimate and solemn manner of the forfeited lands, and from which lists technically called ÔÇÿterriersÔÇÖ were afterwards supplied to the several surveyors for their measurement and mapping.
Refer to Parrish of Bannogherr (Parish of Banagher) on page 215 of the book, the Civil Survey of Donegal, Londonderry and Tyrone by Robert C. Simington (1937).

Articles, suggestions and information for this newsletter are welcome and may be E-mailed to: or posted to Terry Eakin, 334 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove NSW AUSTRALIA 2066

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