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Antrim (Aontroim)

This research guide is designed to help you find your Irish ancestors in our genealogy print collection.  The McClelland Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification System to make our print materials findable through the online catalog and while browsing our shelves in person.  Below you will find books to help you locate your ancestors in county Antrim.

929.1: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily about how to get started with genealogy research and where to find certain sources.

Tracing your Irish Ancestors by John Grenham

Call Number: Geneal. 929.1072 G865t        Publication Date: 1999

A comprehensive guidebook for Irish genealogy; includes tips for where to begin, what to expect, and brief exploration of internet source. Grenham provides major source lists of Civil, Census, Church, and Land Records, Wills, Genealogy office, Deed Registries, Newspaper and Directory listings, and a reference guide of Sources by County. 

Irish Towns, a Guide to Sources edited by William Nolan and Anngret Simms

Call Number: Geneal. 929.1072 Ir47    Publication Date: 1998

Provides brief overview of the history of towns and territorial divisions in Ireland, including several maps, drawings, and prints. Also includes source listing of records of Central and Local Government after 1700, Estate and Church records, Newspapers, Directories, and Gazetteers, and a select bibliography of publications on Irish Towns in the period from 1500-1980, printed between 1969 and 1993.

Tracing your Northern Irish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians by Ian Maxwell

Call Number: Geneal. 929.1072 M4512t 2011

Publication Date: 2011

Provides information on locating information and records specifically for the counties in Northern Ireland, and Ulster Plantation. Contains general suggestions and tips for researching, guides to locating Census Records for years 1821-1911 (one for each decade), and Pension claims. Also includes locating Civil Registration, Birth-Marriage-Death Certificates, information on locating eighteenth century records (including Survey of Downpatrick 1708, Protestant Householders 1740, Householders Returns 1766, Armagh Census 1770, and Catholic Migrants from Ulster 1795-1796). Contains location information Muster Rolls for 1630-1640, Civil Survey of Ireland, Poll Tax Returns, 1659 Census of Ireland, Regiments of Infantry and Plantation of Ulster records.  Church records of various religious sects, school and education records, Valuation and Tithe Records, Land and Estates, as well as Wills (before 1858/1858-1900/ &from 1900). Provides Directories, Almanacs, and Newspapers.

929.3: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily Genealogy Sources or books of compiled resources put together by genealogists.

Irish Emigration Lists 1833-1839 compiled under the direction of Brian Mitchell

Call Number: Geneal. 929.3 M6924i

Publication Date: 2003

Contains extracts from the Ordnance Survey Memoirs for Counties Londonderry and Antrim; provides details about emigrants departing these counties between the years 1833-1839, listing passenger’s full name, age, year of emigration, townland, destination, and religion.


The Oldest Register of the Parish of Derriaghy County Antrim, Northern Ireland, 1696-1772 edited by W.N.C. Barr & W.C. Kerr

Call Number: Geneal. 929.34 D4482o

Publication Date: 1981

Main content of the register is an index of marriages, baptisms, burials, Vestry court minutes and other business (1709-1759), and an index of personal names.  Register includes records covering the years beginning 1696, through approximately 1772.

Register of the Church of St. Thomas, Lisnagarvey, Co. Antrim 1637-1646 edited by Raymond Refaussé

Call Number: Geneal. 929.34 R2638r

Includes the Register of St. Thomas’s Church beginning on September 10th, 1639 and containing listings of baptisms, marriages, and burials within the parish with surnames and dates.  Also includes an appendix of the clergy of St. Thomas Church, and an index of surnames.


Bibliography of Genealogical Sources for the Counties of Northern Ireland compiled by Peggy Magee

Call Number: Geneal. 929.3416 M2717b

Publication Date: 1982

Contains listing of genealogical sources for Ulster Province in Northern Ireland broken up by county; listing include record title, publisher or author name, and publication or record date.


‘Men and Arms’: The Ulster Settlers, c.1630 edited by R.J. Hunter

Call Number: Geneal. 929.3416 M52

Publication Date: 2012

Contains Muster Roll of Ulster Province with entries from counties Cavan, Armagh, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Londonderry, Antrim, Donegal, Down, and Monaghan.  Each entry provides the name of the Baronry, landowner’s name and title, amount of acreage/size of the baronry, men serving or holding arms listed with full name and types of arms held, and list of men not assigned arms.

929.4: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily about names.  Books in this section can contain information about surnames, forenames, and even baby names. While these books may have information in general about your surname, they do not contain lineage information.

The Surnames of Ireland by Edward MacLysaght

Call Number: Geneal. 929.4094 M226s 1991       Publication Date: 1991

Date Range: 1848-1864

Contains location of ancient territories, population groups, relevant abbreviations and explanation of technical terms used in guide.  Pages 1-303 provide alphabetical listing of surnames, followed by an appendix of English and Scottish surnames in Ireland, and an appendix providing a simplification of Gaelic forms of surnames.

929.5: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily about Cemeteries.

Gravestone Inscriptions of Co. Antrim V.2 compiled by George Rutherford, edited by R.S.J. Clarke

Call Number: Geneal. 929.5094 G788a v.2

Publication Date: 1981

Includes registers of graveyard burials in: Ballycarry Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Graveyard, Ballygowan Roman Catholic Graveyard, Ballyvallagh Gravestone, Glynn Graveyard, Kilroot Graveyard, Raloo Graveyard, Raloo Church of Ireland Graveyard, Raloo Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Graveyard, Raloo Presbyterian Graveyard, Templecorran Graveyard, and Templecorran Church of Ireland Graveyard.


Old Families of Larne & District compiled by George Rutherford and edited by RSJ Clarke

Call Number: Geneal. 929.5094 R9334o

Publication Date: 2004

Contains registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials from the parish of Larne and Inver together with the smaller parish of Kilwaughter.  Baptism registry begins 1677, the marriage registry begins in 1817, and burial registry in 1826. Each section inlcudes the surname of tyhe entry, brief historical/biographical information, and location (if burial entry).  Contents also include a selection of illustrations of various headstones with inscriptions,

A Guide to Irish Churches and Graveyards by Brian Mitchell

Call Number: Geneal. 929.50941 G9415

Publication Date: 1990

Guide to the cemeteries and graveyards listed by county with civil parish, townland, Ordnance Survey sheet number, religious denomination of church, and indication of whether cemetery or graveyard remains attached to church.  There is a number preceding each listing that provides reference to map location in author’s atlas, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland.  Especially helpful in locating approximate birthdates, person’s residence at time of death, possibly family information (if family plot).

929.6 – 929.8: Books under this dewey number at the McClelland Library are primarily about family Heraldry.  Heraldry includes family crests and tartans.

The Poolbeg Book of Irish Heraldry by Micheal O` Comain

Call Number: Geneal. 929.6 012p Heraldry     Publication Date: 1991

An introduction to Irish heraldry this guide is a good starting point as it contains general guidelines for researching.  Included on pages 71-98 is a Heraldic Dictionary that provides the meanings of a variety of images, heraldic terminology, and variations in spelling of terms and phrases.

Fairbairn’s Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland by James Fairbairn

Call Number: Geneal. 929.6041 F1507f Heraldry      Publication Date: 1986

Contains survey of over 30,000 families, geographical associations, legends and mottos.  Index of family names are arranged alphabetically on pages 1-522, glossary of terms pages 523-530, and alphabetical index of mottoes on pages 531-599.  Also included is an index of plates of Crests, Orders and Regalia, Flags, Ornamental Lettering, Monograms, Heraldic Illustrations, Foreign Crowns, and Principal Cities, and Regalia of Scotland.