County Londonderry, Ireland Genealogy

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County Londonderry is located in Northern Ireland. The county was founded in 1613 as part of the Plantation of Ulster by King James I. Its name is derived from that of the city, which was rebuilt a few years earlier by the London guilds.

The county is often known in shorthand as Derry, despite there never have being a County Derry before the creation of County Londonderry. Prior to 1613 what became County Londonderry used to be parts of different counties: County Coleraine; the barony of Loughinsholin in County Tyrone; the North-East Liberties of Coleraine in County Antrim; and the North-West Liberties of Londonderry in County Donegal.

General County Research Information

Further information about County Londonderry is available at the GenUKI site.

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

A map of the Civil Parishes of County Londonderry is available at Irish Times site.

Civil Parish Barony Poor Law Union Catholic Parish Catholic Diocese
Aghadowey Coleraine Ballymoney

Aghadowey Coleraine Coleraine
Aghaloo Keenaght Newtown Limavady
Aghanloo Keenaght Newtown Limavady
Agivey Coleraine Coleraine
Arboe Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Artrea Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Ballinderry Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Ballyaghran NE Liberties of Coleraine Coleraine
Ballymoney NE Liberties of Coleraine Ballymoney
Ballynascreen Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Ballyrashane NE Liberties of Coleraine Coleraine
Ballyscullion Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Ballywillin NE Liberties of Coleraine Coleraine
Balteagh Keenaght Newtown Limavady
Balteagh, now Carrick Keenaght Newtown Limavady
Banagher Keenaght Newtown Limavady

Banagher Tirkeeran Londonderry
Banagher Tirkeeran Newtown Limavady
Banagher, now Learmount Tirkeeran Londonderry
Bovevagh Keenaght Newtown Limavady
Bovevagh, now Carrick Keenaght Newtown Limavady
Clondermot Tirkeeran Londonderry
Coleraine NE Liberties of Coleraine Coleraine
Cumber Lower Tirkeeran Londonderry
Cumber Upper Tirkeeran Londonderry

Cumber Upper Tirkeeran Newtown Limavady
Cumber Upper, now Learmount Tirkeeran Londonderry
Derryloran Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Desertlyn Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Desertmartin Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Desertoghill Coleraine Ballymoney

Desertoghill Coleraine Coleraine
Drumachose Keenaght Newtown Limavady
Dunboe Coleraine Coleraine
Dungiven Keenaght Newtown Limavady
Errigal Coleraine Coleraine
Faughanvale Tirkeeran Londonderry

Faughanvale Tirkeeran Newtown Limavady
Kilcronaghan Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Kildollagh NE Liberties of Coleraine Coleraine
Killelagh Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Killowen Coleraine Coleraine
Kilrea Coleraine Ballymoney

Kilrea Loughinsholin Ballymoney
Lissan Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Macosquin Coleraine Coleraine
Maghera Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Maghera, now Killelagh Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Magherafelt Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Magilligan Keenaght Newtown Limavady
Tamlaght Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Tamlaght Finlagan Keenaght Newtown Limavady
Tamlaght O'Crilly Coleraine Ballymoney

Tamlaght O'Crilly Loughinsholin Ballymoney
Tamlaght O'Crilly Loughinsholin Magherafelt
Templemore NW Liberties of Londonderry Londonderry
Termoneeny Loughinsholin Magherafelt

Census Substitutes

Abstracts of "The Muster Roll of the County of London Derry 1630," and the 1663 Hearth Tax of the City of Londonderry and its Liberties have been published and are available for free online:

  • Mervine, William M. "The Men of Londonderry in 1630 and 1663," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 38 (1914):355-372. For free online access, see WeRelate.

Church Records

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Roman Catholic

 Daly, Edward. (former Bishop of Derry) Derry Diocesan Archive.  The bulk of materiasls in this Archive relates to the latter half of the 20th Century.  Each item has been read, catalogued with several subject headings, date, description, names of persons involved, subject matter and stored archivally. Article covers years 1846-1997.  Article is to be found in Journal. Irish Archives: Journal of the Irish Society for Archives.Family History Library Ref.  941.5 B2ia vol. 12, year 2005-2006, page 10-11.

Church of Ireland




Entries From the Family Bible of Alexander and Esther Crookshank, Contributed by Anne Crookshank.  Genealogy of Crookshank from the Family Bible originally given by William Kennedy of the City of Londonderry to his daughter Esther 1763 who in turn gave to her son Charles Crookshank 1810, covers years 1768-1893, Dublin, and England, Somerset Bath. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. IX, no.1.1977, pages1-2, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v9.


1885 County Map: Courtesy of London Ancestor


Ffolliott, Rosemary.  Game Licences in North-West Ulster in 1802. Continuing List of Game Certificated printed originally in the Londonderry Journal of 24 Aug. 1802. Article in The Irish Ancestor, Vol.VIII. no.2. 1976, pages 84-86. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v7-8.


Abstracts of Some Hamilton Wills.  From the papers of the late Sir Arthur Vicars, Ulster King of Arms. These extracts from Wills proved in the Diocese of Derry before 1749, cover surname Hamilton from all over Ireland.  Article found in The Irish Ancestor, vol.III, no 1.1971 pages 27-32, Family Hisotry Ref. 941.5 B2i

Abstract of Wills.  Will for William Semple of Kirklees, clerk, rector of Lamfield Co. Derry. 1686.Will for Henry O'Hara of Rock Castle 1842 Co. Londonderry. Lists heirs, Article in The Irish Ancestor,, pages 53-61, Family History Ref. 941.5 B2i v.5-6

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