Ardclinis Civil Parish, County Antrim, Northern Ireland Genealogy

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Ardclinis Civil Parish

Guide to Ardclinis Civil Parish, County Antrim, Northern Ireland ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Parish registers, transcripts, baptism records, marriage records, and burial records.

The following information is a starting point for records about the civil parish of Ardclinis. The information is based on locations and records before 1922.


Ardclinis is a parish in the union of Larne, Lower half of the barony of Glenarm. This parish is a rectory in the diocese of Connor.


To see a list of names of town-lands in this parish visited the website: List of townlands in County Antrim . As mentioned above Ardclinis is in the Poor Law Union of Larne. Adjoining parishes are: Tickmacrevan, Dunaghy, and Layd.

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There are cemeteries in the following communities within Ardclinis civil parish: Carrivemurphy (Roman Catholic), Lemnalary (Church of Ireland),  and Nappan.


The purpose of a census was to gather information about people who lived in an area. While the government began census taking in 1821, only fragments exist before 1901. Censuses for 1901 and 1911 are available. Read more about the records in the Ireland Census article.

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Church records

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In the Roman Catholic divisions Ardclinis is in the district of Layde, or Cushendall; the chapel is located at Glenariff. Brian Mitchell's A Guide to Irish Parish Registers indicates that there was a chapel in Carnlough and registers starting in 1869. Contact:  for additional information.

Church of Ireland

There is some  confusion on records availability for the parish of Ardclinis. According to Dr. James Ryan in his book Irish Records Sources: For Family and Local History the records are lost. However, A Table of Church of Ireland Parochial Records and Copies. Published1994 by Irish Family History Society indicates that some records (copies) are available as follows: Baptisms 1831-1839 Marriages 1845- ; Burials 1877 -. Contact the following website for additional information.


There are no congregations of Presbyterians in Ardclinis civil parish, but there are congregations in Cashendun and Cushendall, Glenarm, and Newtowncrommelin town-lands.


The Methodists did not begin to develop their own churches until around 1816. Before that date large numbers of Presbyterians and members of the Church of Ireland had formed local Methodist societies, but their baptisms, marriages, and burials were entered into the registers of their parent church. From 1816 some of the Wesleyan Methodist groups began to do their own baptism. But other Methodist groups such as Primitive Wesleyan's would not allow their ministers to administer these sacraments so their baptisms are still found in the Church of Ireland and Presbyterian registers. Methodists living in Ardclinis parish had a place of worship in the parish. To discover if there are existing Methodist registers apart from those mentioned above contact the following website:

Society of Friends

To discover what is available on the Quaker population in County Antrim contact: Religious Society of Friends 4 Magheralave Road, Lisburn BT28 3BD. County Antrim Internet: http://www.quakers-in-ireland/home/  E-mail:


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Civil Registration

Government registration of births and deaths began in 1864. Registration of Protestant marriages began in 1845, with all marriages being registered by 1864. Go to the Ireland Civil Registration article to read more about these records.

Land records

The Registry of Deeds started in 1708. Land transactions were recorded, including immovable property passed on in a will and property given to a daughter at her marriage. Read more about these records in the Ireland Land and Property article.

Probate records

Probate dealt with the property of a deceased person. Read more about these records in the Ireland Probate Records article.

School records

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Tax records

The valuation of property for tax purposes was started in the 1840s by Richard Griffith. A tax paid to the church, call Tithe Applotments, began in the 1820s. Read about these records in the Ireland Taxation and Ireland Land and Property articles. Add records for this parish that you know about.


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