Records for DerryGenWeb


Some records provided by Kathleen Woodside as county coordinator.

The rest come from archives and original tables of 1997 as provided by Doctor Diana Hanson who started this website in 1997.

Volunteers who provide records to this site hold their own copyright and will be responsibly credited herein.  

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Genealogy and History Resources

The Heritage Center is located in Derry city. Please visit their website for more information on their services.

County Derry or Londonderry Genealogy Center
10-16 Pump St
Derry City
Co Londonderry
BT48 6JG
Northern Ireland

The Genealogy Center in Derry City is the designated Irish Family History Foundation Center for County Derry (otherwise called Londonderry) and offers a Full Service to enquirers.

The main records include:

  • Roman Catholic records, the earliest of which date from 1773

  • Church of Ireland records (Anglician/Episcopalian) commence in 1642

  • Presbyterian records date from 1809

  • Emigration and passenger records covering much of the 19th Century

  • Census records available from as early as 1831

The Center has about 1.2 Million genealogical records. Initial enquiries are replied to within a week of receipt.

Local Addresses

Central Library
35 Foyle Street
BT48 6AL
Tel: 01504 266888
Fax: 01504 269084

Notes: Most genealogy queries are referred to Mr Brian Mitchell, Genealogy Center, 10-16 Pump Street, Londonderry. Holdings include: 1901. County Londonderry Derry Cathedral Register 1642-1702, 1703-1717 Shipping List 1833/1834 Register of Freeholders (Londonderry) 1830 Index to Hearth money rolsl for Co. Antrim 1669, Co. Londonderry 1663, Co. Tyrone 1666, and subsidy rolls Co. Down 1663 Colby's O.S. memoirs of L'Derry 1837. Central Library Local newspapers:- Derry Journal 1825-; Londonderry Sentinel 1829- (microfilm) Extensive collection of maps ranging from Siege and planation maps to the modern O.S. maps Access to the Ulster American Folk Park database which contains passenger lists, emigrant letters, deaths and marriages of former emigrants and other useful genealogical information. Senior Librarian, Local Studies Central Library 35 Foyle Street Londonderry BT48 6AL Tel: 01504 266888 Fax: 01504 269084 Email: Irish Room

Coleraine County Hall
Castlerock Road
Coleraine Co. Londonderry
Tel: 01265 51026 Fax: 01265 51247
Contact: Marjorie Geary, Library Assistant, Irish Room
Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 1330-1630

Notes: Holdings Include: Assorted 1919 for County Londonderry 1962 to date: North Eastern Board Area which includes Council areas: Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Larne, Magherafelt, Moyle (Ballycastle), Newtonabbey.

General Register Office Northern Ireland (GRO)
Oxford House, 49-55 Chichester Street
Belfast BT1 4HC
Tel: (From inside UK) 01232 251318
(From outside UK) +44 1232 251318)

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
66 Balmoral Avenue
Belfast BT9 6NY
Northern Ireland

Major Towns

The main towns in Londonderry include Londonderry, Coleraine, Limavady, Dungiven, Maghera and Magherafelt. The capital is Londonderry (city).

The famous 'Walls of Derry', Dungiven Old Priory and the beautiful beaches from Portstewart to Benone are among the places of interest to the visitor to Derry.

Chief Surnames of Londonderry

Doherty, McLaughlin, Gallagher, McCloskey, Kane, Kelly,
Coyle, Moore, Bradley and Campbell

Parishes of Londonderry

Aghadowey, Aghanloo, Agivey, Arboe, Artrea, Ballinderry, Ballyaghran, Ballymoney, Ballynascreen, Ballyrashane, Ballyscullion, Ballywillin, Balteagh, Banagher, Bovevagh, Carrick, Clondermot, Coleraine, Cumber Lower, Cumber Upper, Derryloran, Desertlyn, Desertmartin, Desertoghill, Drumachose, Dunboe, Dungiven, Errigal, Faughanvale, Formoyle, Kilcronaghan, Kildollagh, Killelagh, Killowen, Kilrea, Learmount, Lissan, Macosquin, Maghera, Magherafelt, Tamlaght, Tamlaght Finlagan, Tamlaght O'Crilly, Tamlaghtard, Templemore, and Termoneeny.

Click here to see a map of Civil Parishes of Londonderry (thanks to Jim McKinty!).

To read about Derry Parish names, Barony names, Poor Law Union names and Townland names, see the Genuki-Londonderry website.

Newspapers in Londonderry

Derry Journal


Derry Standard

Coleraine Chronicle

Coleraine Constitution

Londonderry Chronicle

Londonderry Guardian

Derry People and Donegal News - Internet edition

History Websites

Other Londonderry Genealogy Websites

Mailing List

The mailing list for Londonderry research is You must be a subscriber to post to this list!

Public Records

Bibliography, and resource listing
compiled by Philip McManus has a research service (fee based) for birth records pre-1900 from Derry.

The Irish Family History Foundation will research your Derry ancestors, too! (fee based)

Where to find Census Records and Census Substitute Records by Diana Hanson-Muir

Tables of Records from other websites:



Church of Ireland

Census Records

Presbyterian Church Records

Roman Catholic Parishes

Derry Parishes

Church Records

Cemetery Transcriptions

Listing of available records by Diana Hanson-Muir

Marriage Records has a research service (fee based) for pre-1900 marriage records from Derry. {temporarily under construction}

Diana Hanson Muir has a listing of miscellaneous records from Derry

Ships Lists Departing from Londonderry

Parish Records:



Family Webpages

Family of James Shirley of Londonderry


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