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also known as: Londonderry
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 Derry.
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.
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.
Irish Passenger Lists, 1847-1871 edited and compiled by Brian Mitchell
Call Number: Geneal. 929.3089 Ir46
Publication Date: 1988
Contains “Lists of passengers sailing from Londonderry to America on ships of the J. & L. Cooke Line and the McCorkell Line.” Provides passenger name (full name of adult and first name of minors travelling with adult), age, address (town/townland or street only), and destination.
Register of the Cathedral Church of St. Columb, Derry 1703-1732 edited by Colin Thomas with Aubrey Fielding
Call Number: Geneal. 929.34 R2638r
Publication Date: 1997
Register of baptisms, marriages and burials; lists full name and date for each event per month for each of the years from 1703-1732.
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.
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.