Tracing your Northern Irish Ancestors: A guide for family historians

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Unlike the rest of the British Isles, which has very extensive civil and census records, Irish ancestral research is hampered by the destruction of many of the major collections. Yet Ian Maxwell in Tracing your Northern Irish Ancestors: A guide for family historians shows how family historians can make good use of the Public Records Office, libraries, museums, heritage centres, church records, school registers and land and valuation records to trace their roots to the beginning of the nineteenth century and beyond.

Chapters 

Chapter 1;

  • Where to Begin
  • What Do I Need To Know?
  • A Walk Around a Graveyard
  • Surnames
  • Visiting the Archives
  • Family History Centres
  • Heritage of Genealogical Societies
  • DNA

Chapter 2;

  • Census Records
  • 1821
  • 1831
  • 1841
  • 1851
  • 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891
  • 1901 and 1911 Census Online
  • Old-age Pension Claims

Chapter 3;

  • Civil Registration
  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Death Certificates
  • Indexes
  • General register Office, Belfast and District Registrars' Offices
  • Church of Latter-Day Saints

Chapter 4;

  • Eighteenth- Century Records
  • Survey of Downpatrick, 1708
  • Protestant Householders, 1740
  • Householders Returns, 1766
  • Armagh 'Census', 1770
  • Flaxseed Premiums, 1796
  • Catholic Migrants from Ulster 1795-96
  • Record Relating to the 1798 Rebellion

Chapter 5;

  • Seventeenth-Century Records
  • 1602 'Census of Fews'
  • Fiants of the Tudor Sovereigns, 1521-1603
  • Calendars of Patent Rolls from the Reigns of James I and Charles I
  • Muster Rolls, 1630s and 1640s
  • Depositions of 1641 Rising
  • Books of Survey and Distribution
  • Civil Survey of Ireland
  • Census of Ireland, c. 1659
  • Poll Tax Returns, 1660
  • Hearth-money Rolls, 1660
  • Subsidy Rolls, 1630s, 1660s
  • The Franciscan Petition Lists, 1670-71
  • Names of Those Attained by James II, 1689
  • Regiments of Infantry

Chapter 6;

  • The Plantation of Ulster
  • The Records
  • Plantation Records of the London Companies

Chapter 7;

  • Church Records
  • The Records
  • Church of Ireland Records
  • Indexes to Church Registers
  • Roman Catholic Church Records
  • Presbyterian Church Records
  • Methodist Records
  • The Religious Society of Friends (or Quakers)
  • Congregational Church Records
  • Baptist Church Records
  • Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church (or Unitarians)
  • Reformed Presbyterian Church (or Covenanters)
  •  Moravian Church Records
  • Huguenot Records
  • Jewish Records
  • Census Returns
  • Marriage Licence bonds

Chapter 8;

  • School Records
  • Secondary Education
  • Third-Level Education

Chapter 9;

  • Valuation and Tithe Records
  • Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-38
  • Valuation Records

Chapter 10;

  • Landed Estate Records
  • The Name of the Local Landlord
  • The Records
  • Other Classes of Records

Chapter 11;

  • Wills and Testamentary Records
  • Wills Before 1858
  • Wills, 1858-1900
  • Wills From 1900

Chapter 12;

  • Printed Sources
  • Ordnance Survey Memoirs
  • Street Directories and Almanacs
  • Countrywide Directories
  • ProvincialDirectories
  • Newspapers

Chapter 13;

  • Poor Law Records
  • The Records

Chapter 14;

  • Local-government Records
  • Corporations
  • Belfast Corporation
  • Other Corporations
  • Town Commissioners
  • Grand Jury
  • County Councils

Chapter 15;

  • Military Records
  • The Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum
  • The Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers Regimental Museum
  • The Regimental Museum of The Royal Ulster Rifles
  • Yeomanry
  • Volunteers

Chapter 16 ;

  • Electoral Records
  • Voters, Poll and Freeholders' Records
  • Poll Books
  • Electoral Registers and Voters' Lists

Chapter 17;

  • Law and Order
  • Policing
  • The Courts
  • Crown and Peace Records

Chapter 18;

  • Emigration
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast
  • Ulster American Folk Park

Chapter 19;

  • Miscellaneous Collections
  • Solicitors' Collections
  • business
  • Records
  • Orange Order Records
  • Hospital Collections
  • Charity Records
  • Pedigrees
  • Ulster Covenant, 1912

Ian Maxwell

Dr Ian Maxwell is a graduate of Queen's University and former research officer at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. A freelance writer specialising in social and family history, his publications include Researching Your Armagh Ancestors (Ulster Historical Foundation, 2000) and How To Trace Your Irish Ancestors (How to Books, 2008).

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