County Down, Ireland Genealogy

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Guide to County Down ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

History[edit | edit source]

It was during the Williamite War in Ireland from 1689 to 1691 the county was a center of Protestant rebellion against the rule of the Catholic James II. The Protestants formed a small force and were defeated by the Irish Army at the Break of Dromore They were forced to retreat leading to the whole of Down falling under Jacobite control. Later that year Marshal Schomberg's large Williamite expedition arrived in Belfast Lough and captured Bangor. After laying siege to Carrickfergus Schomberg marched south to Dundalk Camp, clearing County Down and much of the rest of East Ulster of Jacobite troops.

The population of Down is roughly 531,665 people.[1]

General County Research Information[edit | edit source]

County Down (Irish: Contae an Dúin) is one of the six counties of Northern Ireland. It is situated in the province of Ulster. Further information about County Down is available at the GenUKI site.

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Internet: Proni

The above is the official repository for the public records of Northern Ireland. PRONI also collects records from private sources.

General Register Office
Oxford House
49/55 Chichester St.
Belfast BTI 4HL
Internet: Proni

Register of births and deaths in Northern Ireland since 1864. Marriage records from 1922 on.

Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland
Colby House
Stranmillis Court
Lower Belfast BT9 5BJ
Internet: Index

Other: ancestryireland

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

1885 County Map: Courtesy of London Ancestor

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources or support its efforts.

Ulster Historical Foundation
12 College Square
East Belfast
Northern Ireland BT1 6DD
Tel: (01232) 33 22 88 Fax: (01232) 23 98 85
Internet: Ancestry Ireland

Down County Museum
The Mall Downpatrick
County Down BT30 6AH
Down County Museum

Dromore Dioceasan Archives
Bishops House Newry
County Down
By appointment Collections include records of baptisms, marriages and deaths for each parish 1926- as well as other diocesan parish papers

South Eastern Education Library Board
Library Headquarters
Windmill Hill
Ballynahinch County Down
Northern Ireland Internet: Seelb

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Collaborators, "Down," In Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, Visited 18 October.