County Derry Genealogy
NOTES and Coats of Arms
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Finding Your Family in County Derry/ Londonderry
This illustrated, well indexed book, was created exclusively to help you find your family in County Derry, Ireland. Focusing specifically on families within the county, it includes an introduction to research and sources in Derry. The most numerous families from birth records are given, as well as rather rare Derry families found in heraldic records. Included you will find a full page county map from the Atlas of Ireland, along with a listing of modern parishes and old townlands, along with the address and location of records for more research. Published by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, this book was originally made for members researching in Derry.
What this book does
This work includes copies of actual records (some worn, torn and faded), from the IGF Library. It also includes rough sketches of family coats of arms and notes from centuries past - seldom found elsewhere. The resources provided here will help research any family in the county, including old Irish families, and settler families from England, Scotland, Wales and the continent. This book is a hands on guide for finding your family in Derry - some family history is included - but it is not a gigantic collection of family histories . (For that see 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small', the first book in the Irish Families series by O'Laughlin.)
The Irish Families Project for Derry
The Master book to the 29 volume Irish Families series is 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small'. That book gives hundreds of family histories from County Derry and the surrounding areas. "County Derry Genealogy and Family History Notes", volume 13 in the series, expands upon that coverage with added families and new resources just for Derry. (In this way both books can work together as a set if desired, or they may be used independently for research.)
Most Numerous Families
Among the most numerous families here in the 19th century were:
Doherty, Dougherty, Daugherty,
McLaughlin, McLoughlin, Laughlin,
Kelly, Kelley, Kellie,
Bradley, Bradly, Bradely,
Browne, Brown (Broune),
McCloskey, MacCluskey, MacClosky,
Campbell, Cambell ,Camble,
Mullan ,Mullen, Mallen,
Smith, Smythe, Smithe,
O'Neill, Neale , O'Neil,
Kane, Kaine, Caine,
Moore, More, Moor,
Gallagher, Gallaher, Galagher.. .
Other noted families of Derry included O'Donnell, Hegarty, McGurk, Gilligan and Colgan. Major towns included Derry City or Londonderry town; Coleraine; Portstewart; Limavady and Magherafelt
Table of Contents includes:
List of Books, ISBN data.
Families of Derry, from Keatings History..
P a r t O n e
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index.
National Resource List .
Local Resource List..
Names in the county
P a r t T w o
Coats of Arms and Genealogical Notes.
Arms connected in some way to the county, as taken from the Irish Book of Arms. The original listings provide specific locations for families, and clues for future research. Among the families in this section with rough sketches of coats of arms are O'Cahan; MacLoughlin or McLoghlin; Alexander; Barnard the Bishop of Derry; Henry Barry, Governor of Derry; John Bateman the Baron of Kilmore; Beresford - Ash of Ashbrook; Boyle of Limavady; McCausland of Drenagh; Clark of Largantogher; Galt of Ballysally; Thomas North Graves of Gravesend; William Hanger, the Lord Coleraine; Henry Hare, Baron; F. Hervey; Ogilby of Dungiven; Thomas Pitt, Baron of Londonderry; Scott of Willsboro; Philip Smyth, Dean of Derry; and Robert Stewart the Earl of Londonderry.
P a r t T h r e e
The complete existing returns from the 'census' of 1659, also showing the methods of spelling family names and place names in the city and county of Londonderry. Various streets are given with first and last names of residents. As an example, one street gives Robert Truman; Henry Osborne; John Gifford; Robert Houston and Samuell Norman, gentlemen, Thomas Burke Esq., Robert Carter, collector of ye Cosomehouse. As this census is subdivided by barony, a list of the principal surnames in each barony is given as well, i.e. in the city of Londonderry O Doghertye, McLaughlin, and Whyte are given, along with a count of persons for each name. The baronies included are Terkerin; Kenaght; Loghinsholin; Colraine (Coleraine). Please note that the spelling of places and parishes here have changed over time.
P a r t F o u r
Index of Place Names, ancient & modern. A sampling of place names to assist in finding locations in the county, as taken from the Master Book of Irish Placenames. This list includes modern parish names and townland names.
Parish Names in County Derry
The parish is an important subdivision of the county. Parish records can be vital to research in the county. The following modern parishes are listed as in Co. Derry in this work:
Several old townlands are listed here as well, including: Bally Kelly, tl pl
Ballykean, tl pl
Ballywilliam tl pl
Keep in mind the spelling of townlands and parishes can change over time. Be flexible in your research when looking for these names.
Index of Names
19th century Sketch of Londonderry city.
Exracts from Topographical Dictionary.
Map of County of Londonderry.
Gate of Derry (illus.)
Families on the 4 Masters Map
What families were in the county in earlier days ? This might provide a clue to the locations of your family today. Here are some of the families given on the Map in the History of Ireland by the 4 Masters (Connellan translation. 2003, I.G.F.) E. = Earl, L.=Lord, C. = chieftain:
Mac Closkey, C.
O' Brolchan, C.
O' Carolan, C.
O' Conor, L.
O' Devlin, C.
O' Freel, C.
O' Hagarty, C.
O' Kane, P.
O' Mullen, C.
O' Murray, C.
O' Quinn, L., and
The Final Word
A hands on guide to find your family in county Cork . New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 50 pages; heavier parchment type cover; lay flat binding; illustrations, some of which may appear faded with age as in the originals; County Map; Local Sources; Coats of Arms; and record extracts. Many families are given with family history notes, specific locations; coat of arms; and seats of power. Some are only mentioned. A must for any researcher. ( For a large collection of family histories within the county we also recommend "The Book of Irish Families, great & small", by O'Laughlin.)
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