Ballynoe Stone Circle
Ros Davies'
Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site

© Rosalind Davies 2001
Permission granted to reprint research for non-profit use only

Links to sites for Co. Down, Ireland Genealogy Research

Government sites General sites Personal sites Organisations Researchers
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Top 'Must See' sites

new website available from April 2014 for civil registration info & certificates from General Register, Belfast (like ScotlandsPeople)
(you need to purchase £4 worth of credits to get access to the second level then you can search for hours)

indexes to births, deaths and marriages- civil & church

ordering certificates from their site info through LDS
ordering a birth, death or marriage certificate
tiny URL (15 pounds in 2013- not marriages before 1922 ) & or (births & marriages before 1921) - 10 euros in 2011
information on civil registration
1901 & 1911 Census
1863 land records, Griffiths Valuations
Griffiths Valuations Revisitations 1864 to 1933- search by townland name only or
land records 1823-1838, Tithe Books
land records, Freeholders c. 1800
1901 & 1911 Census; Soldiers' Wills 1914-1918 & Tithe Applotment Books (land records) 1823-1838; Census survivals for 1821-51, Census Search forms for 1841-51,, and the Calendars of Wills and Administrations from 1858 to 1922.

From 15 September 2016, you can access six major new record series on this site: Prerogative and diocesan copies of some wills and indexes to others, 1596 – 1858; Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage Licence Bonds Indexes, 1623 – 1866; Catholic qualification & convert rolls, 1700 – 1845; Valuation Office house, field, tenure and quarto books 1824 – 1856; Shipping agreements and crew lists, 1863 – 1921; Will Registers 1858 – 1900
Will indexes pre 1858
Will Calendar indexes 1858- 1920- Belfast & Dublin Calendars of Wills and Administrations 1858 - 1920- Dublin

Post Office & Trade Directories 1819- 1900
Public Records online Catalogue
Church records available in PRONI
Townland maps- modern, 1830 or 1850
Irish Wills 1484-1858 & other records ; pay-per-view
birth & marriage records; estate, prison & miltary records, wills & directories
free BDMs, Tithe Books, Griffiths, church & military records
birth & marriage records; pay-per-view with free indexes
Irish Family History Foundation ; free indexes- BDMs & church records (non-profit organistation) ; new pricing in Sep 2014- a one-month subscription costs €25/£20/$32; a six-month sub costs €125/£98/$161; and a one-year sub costs €225/£177/$289
birth & marriage records; pay-per-view from 1846 with free indexes
original Catholic parish registers - not indexed
pay-per-view access to lots of records


Government Departments & Libraries & Museums & Universities
Colby House
Stranmillis Court
Phone: 0300 200 7890 (028 9151 3101 if calling from outside Northern Ireland, +44 2891 513 101 if outside the UK)
Email: [email protected]
General Records Office ;ordering BDM certificates
2 Titanic Boulevard
Titanic Quarter
Phone: 028 9053 4800; Fax: 028 9025 5999
Email: [email protected]
Public Record Office, Belfast
National Archives in Bishop St, Dublin 8 location of civil registration records, church registers (Church of Ireland pre 1870 & Catholic up to 1880 & transportation records
National Library of Ireland or Fax Dublin 6711243

General Register Office, Joyce House, 8-11 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2; BDMs before 1921
full certificate 10 euros or photocopy of register for 6 euros ordering records from 1864 for the South Trinity College, Dublin- lots of resources including depositions from 1641 Rebellion -187 for Co. Down Queens University Project for place names + maps University College Dublin- Library catalogue for interlibrary loans Queens University, Belfast- Library catalogue Queens University, Belfast- British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1800-1922; Emigration Database/ emigrant letters, newspaper extracts

Linenhall Library of Belfast; online catalogue
access to Linenhall Library - old postcard collection Irish Archives Resource- information about archival collections open for public research or info@banbridge or [email protected] Jason Diamond is the contact at Banbridge Genealogy Services; phone 028 4062 3322 List of archives available in Ireland

Northern Ireland Telephone Directory
Phone book for Republic of Ireland Scottish records Ireland to Australia- transportation records
Newry research indexes various county records offices directories & Griffiths Valuations Place Names Gazeteer; translates Irish/English British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1801-1922; lots of surnames Bann Valley Pre-History Museum, Banbridge heritage project Burren Heritage centre- Newry Down County Museum in Downpatrick Immigrants to Canada & USA 1832-1930 -quarantine station Newtownards Council offices, 2 Church Street, Newtownards, BT23 4AP, Tel: 028 9182 4003, office is open from M-F, 9am to 12.30 pm and from 2pm to 4pm. gravestones inscriptions from several Belfast cemeteries Emigrant letters from Canada Irish Land Commission papers c. 1893-1920 British Army service records (1760-1915) Downpatrick Library with links to other N. Ireland Libraries List of graduates to 1912 World War One lists of Irish soldiers in British Army

General Sites dealing with Co. Down pay-per-view gravestones with free indexes photos & inscriptions of mausoleums not in published gravestones some graveyards covered for photos & inscriptions Registry of Dublin Deeds & Marriage Settlements For those with Ulster Scots ancestry help in finding townland names in Northern Ireland & fragments of
help in finding townland names in Ireland & fragments of useful links & a family finding notice board land records- Griffith's Valuations of 1863 with corresponding maps land records- Griffiths Valuations 1863 in parish lists ; Post Office Directories & lots of Co. Cork info ; 1796 Spinning Wheel/flax grants pay-per-view site with Post Office Directories & some gravestones North of Ireland Family History Society useful information & links useful information & links
Fiona Jones' Co. Down Mailing List site- useful information, lookups & links & passenger lists locations ; Gary Caldwell, coordinator of the Co. Down site where you can leave records for others. useful information & links useful information & links any one with ancestors in the Lurgan area- over 20,000 names shows the film numbers for parish records that are available Many Co. Down people came from the border region of Scotland & England- check out the Surnames List Try the Genealogy section if you have questions to ask about Belfast ancestors Co. Armagh BDMs- pay-per-view pay-per-view databases including Griffiths Valuations of 1863
a variety of resources for the whole of Ireland or tracing ancestors with army links Belfast site including Clifton Street Cemetery photos & inscriptions Research service company with some free archives including passenger lists Federation for Ulster Local Studies and the Federation of Local History Societies to draw attention to and celebrate some of the lesser known but interesting places and buildings in Ireland Prominent people of Co. Down Names of Irish Passengers to America By O'Laughlin c. 1812,+Newry&ei=CvMOTL-ZLIfMkwTBpKX4CQ&cd=2#v=onepage&q=Jane%20Raleigh%20Baxter%2C%20Newry&f=false Poor Irish people removed from Liverpool UK c. 1859- 1878 ships' information & passenger lists passenger arrivals into New York help with coastguard ancestors &

Workhouse information War Memorial information, locations & name Irish merchant seaman index 1918-1921

militia service records 1806-1915 important site for Newry researchers with old records ; select Ireland, Newry The Ireland Reaching Out (IrelandXO) programme is based on a simple idea; instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, we go the other way. Working through voluntary effort at a townland, village and parish level in Ireland, we identify who left those areas, & trace them & their descendants worldwide; offers a free service and it is a not forprofit organisation.

Personal sites dealing with Co. Down Bill Cardwell's gravestone photos site; NE Co Down Heather Steele's collection for Bangor, Donaghadee, Holywood & Newtownards Newry, Kilkeel & Banbridge information
Raymond Kelly's; Banbridge,Dromara, Dromore & Kilkeel information

Jean McCarthy's site; Some Newtownards, Belfast & Banbridge 1901 Census + Jane Lyon's useful Co. Down information site Jane Lyon's list of where Estate records are kept Fiona's site for the Mourne/Kilkeel area Belfast & Co Down Trade & Post Office Directories 1805- 1907 Peter Meaney's site focusing on Newcastle , Kilbroney, Kilkeel, Newry area 1000s of photographs of Co. Down & Ireland Bill and Michelle's Northern Ireland picture gallery Irish Merchant seaman 1918-1921 Royal Irish Rifles- soldiers who died in 1st World War

Organisations Ulster Historical Socety's BDM's- free BDM index then pay to view certificate Northern Ireland-freeBDM index then pay to view certificate archives of the Co. Down newsgroup-why not join? Dromara Local History Group gravestones on pay per view basis Ulster Architectural Society; very good information on historic buildings Crossgar (Kilmore parish) Women’s Institute page Comber town's own web page Local page for Ballynahinch with links North of Ireland Family History Society- 2 journals per year; a research service available early Journals of Lisburn Historical Society
passengers to USA before Ellis Island
personal site with links to Castle Garden & Ellis Island passenger lists Ellis Island;original passenger lists of ships, which sailed from Ireland and the UK. Irish immigrants to New York during famine years- free but need to register free indexes with pay-per-view details- ships out of UK ports from 1890 Irish Regiments Irish history Ordnance Survey site for photos of everywhere converting old pounds to today's value 1901 census Kilkeel; some gravestones & newspapers & church records Passenger Lists and much more a community based forum Newtownards area Irish convicts to Australia 1791-1834 Bios of famous Ulster folk Members of Ulster Defence Union in 1893 Passenger lists leaving UK 1890-1960; free indexes then pay-per-view

Passenger lists; free indexes then pay-per-view
Belfast Newsletter 1738-1925 ; Dublin Probate & Marriage Licence Index 1270-1858

The Plantation of Ulster by Scots 1606-1610 with James Hamilton & Hugh Montgomery Passenger Ships from Ireland to America 1732-1749 - no passenger lists People placing their own photos onto map of Ireland It's mainly Co. Antrim but some Co. Down people

Irish who died in the 1sr World War 1914-1918 & the War Medal Rolls Subscription site with Memorials of The Dead 1500s-1910 & Will Indexes 1536-1810 Irish Freemasons Belfast 1st World War dead

Researchers Janet Abernethy from Craigavad , Holywood (recommended by others) or [email protected] Brians Watson's research organisation ( recommended by others)
Sean McCartan - I've seen recommendations
[email protected]
Bob Forrest can research at PRONI & Belfast Newsletter for all of Ulster with free database for church records in Limavady & the Roe Valley area, Co Londonderry
email: [email protected]
Heather Flanders at Ulster Ancestors;covers the six counties of Northern Ireland- I've had recommendations
[email protected]
Joan Philipson (BA Hons) & Jennifer Irwin (BA Hons); Glen Cottage, Glenmachan Rd, Belfast BT4 2NP
[email protected]
Genealogy and family history research in Northern Ireland
(Members of the Association of Professional Genealogists) specific searches in church, census & land records; £13.30 per item 12 College Square East, Belfast. BT1 6DD; Tel 028 9033 2288 Ulster Historical Foundation; research service & some databases


for a list of newspaper holdings in Downpatrick Heritage Library - click here Irish Times newspaper site; try the Ancestors icon Down Recorder newspaper; try the Country Diary icon; started 1836 Belfast Telegraph newspaper; local news
Irish News newspaper; local news; from 1763 The Outlook newspaper- circulating in south, east & west Co Down
Belfast newsletter with index 1737-1800 Co Down Spectator with links to Newtownards Chronicle Irish newspapers archive- pay per view on some sections
[email protected] Mourne Observer newspaper, The Roundabout, Castlewellan Rd, Newcastle BT33 0JX ; Fax 4372 4566; since 1949 Belfast Gazette- government notices from 1921 Immigrant ships mentioned in newspapers
[email protected] Newtownards Chronicle started 1873 out of Banbridge since 1870 18th & 19th century newspapers with death notice index 54,000 names from 1859 but subscription of 10 euros for 24 hours or 26 euros for a week Northern Ireland newspapers including Newtownards Spectator & Donaghadee Review 65 million newspaper stories digitised; free indexes but access fees apply

Church Sites
Presbyterian Church sites ; records kept at HQ at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Assembly Buildings , Fisherwick Place, Belfast
Presbyterian Historical Society; Holds some Presbyterian records but mainly on its ministers;
a list of the church records it holds Non Subscribing Presbyterian

History of various Presbyterian Congregations & lists of ministers &
Church of Ireland sites Church of Ireland parish records available Catholic Church sites addresses & phone numbers of Church of Ireland rectors Huguenots who came to Lisburn area from France & Holland in 1600s Church records held by Public Records, Belfast

Maps similar to google maps- modern streets shown

Griffiths Valuation maps & original images showing acreage & landlord's name,600000,750000,0

Ordnance Survey interactive maps - zoom in shows streets in each parish History of Ireland through maps
Maps from 1839 of each county in Ireland map showing main towns in Co Down & some information historic maps townland maps maps & photos modern interactive maps with most street names modern maps

Commercial sites Bill Haggan's photos of Northern Ireland artwork of Co Down for viewing & sale personal photos taken for you of any place in Ulster photographic packages of your old family home, church, school and scenic and any other places of family significance Irish Historical Picture Postcard Company- old photos of towns/ villages for sale

Australian sites
New South Wales BDMs records New South Wales - convicts, passenger lists, wills
Western Australia BDMs

Queensland BDMs & records Victoria BDMs records available for a fee Victorian BDMs Victorian Records- passenger lists South Australian records Tasmanian convict records Ryerson Indexes of death notices from newspapers National Archives -mainly before 1900 information of records from all states Convict database Irish convicts from Co. Down to Australia Irish convicts to Australia 1788-1868 database

Historical newspapers 1803-1954 National Library digitised newspapers

New Zealand sites
online births, deaths & marriages New Zealand Archives
contains many Co. Down immigrants passenger lists free births, deaths & marriages
Cemetery details Presbyterian marriages incoming passengers 1855-1973

U.K. important sites 1901 Census of U.K. with free indexes but pay-per-view detail Welsh Wills 14th century to 1858 Lancashire Parish Registers- free free acess to civil registration indexes 1837+ BDM records; census 1841-1911; military records BDM records; parish records ;census 1841-1911; military records BDM records; parish records ; census 1841-1911; military records BDM records; parish records ; census 1841-1901; wills leave your FH tree and see if anyone matches free access to BDMs finding today's missing relatives in directories today's phone book

Ancestry's British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 Ancestry's British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920 Ancestry's British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 Ancestry's Silver War Badge Records, 1914-1920 Ancestry's Citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-1920

DNA sites DNA Heritage
http://dna, Ancestry DNA tests family genetics African Ancestry Family Tree DNA


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by Ros Davies