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County Derry
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County Derry

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from DH The county of Ulster contains the city of Derry (or Londonderry) and the towns of Coleraine, Limavady, Magherafelt and Portstewart.

Under old Gaelic Ireland, much of Derry was in the old territory of Tirowen. This was the area of the O'Cahans, or O'kanes. Other families associated with this are incude O'Connor, O'donnell, O'Mullan, McCloskey, O'hegarty, O'Corr, McGurk, Mcrory, O'Diamond, McCrilly, McGilligan, O'Derry, and McColgan.

The city of Londonderry was built on the foundation of a monastery in 546 A.D. It was raided by Danish vikings during the ninth to eleventh centuries. During the rebillion of O'Neill and O'Donnell in 1600, Derry was taken by English forces and following the final defeat mnost of the county was confiscated and given to "adventurers" and others for the purpose of planting it with English and Scottish settlers. The O'Cahans were one of the few original families who retained property in the county. When Ulster was divided into counties, Derry for a time, was known as the county of Coleraine.

Among the common names of settlers in the county are Elliott, Campbell, Anderson, Baird, Thompson, McClintock, Hamilton, Browne, Barr, Stewart, Smith, Johnston, Irwin, Morrison, Young and White.

In 1641 the native Irish joined the general rebellion of Irish Catholics but were defeated and dealt with severely. During the Great Famiine, County Derry was not as badly affected as others. The population was 222,000 in 1841 and by 1851 gad fallen only to 192,000. Derry was an important port for emigration at this time and there was great masses of Irish who left thorugh it's port.


County Town is Derry

County Library

County Derry Genealogy Centre, 4-12 Butcher Street, Derry, BT48 6HL

from DH Central Library
35 Foyle Street
Derry BT48 6AL N. Ireland

Benbradagh (annual),
Mr. Hassan, Dungiven Magazine Committee, Ardnagrann, Dungiven, Co. Derry

Newspapers in Derry:

Derry Jounal
Coleraine Chronicle
Coleraine Constitution
Londonderry Chronicle
Londonderry Guardian
Londonderry Journal (Continued as Derry Journal)
Londonderry Sentinel (continued as Sentinel)
Londonderry Standard (continued as Derry Standard)

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County Derry On-Line


Co Derry - Miscellaneous and Census Substitutes
Co Derry - 1631 Muster
Co. Derry - 1911 Census FHLC numbers 

Co Derry - Memorials from DH
Co Derry - Church of Ireland Records from DH
Co Derry - Presbyterian Records from DH
Co Derry - Roman Catholic Records from DH
Co Derry - Miscellaneous Records from DH

Other OnLine Resources

Genuki - Derry (Londonderry)

NIR Genweb Derry
IGW Londonderry Queries
Mailing list: [email protected]

Londonderry - Derry Queries, Sweet Irish Rogues Derry
Londonderry Homepage
Northern Ireland References  The web site for the Scotch-Irish-L mail list from Rootsweb.

NIR - County Derry
Spinning Wheel Survey
Civil Parishes of County Derry
History of Derry Muster Roll of Ironmonger's Estate (circa. 1630)
Dunboe parish, 1831 Census
1832.. to Philadelphia on "Asia"
1896.. to Boston, Massachusetts on "SS Hibernian"

Ulster American Folk Park
Derry Family Heritage Centre
computerizing parish records. Provides search service for a fee
See  TIARA for customer comments

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from DH Fianna Thanks Dianna Hanson for this donated material.

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