2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources|
Area Local Studies Service
Ballymena Central Library
5 Pat's Brae
Tel: 028 2563 3950/2563 3960
Fax: 028 25 632038
Contact: Michael Lynn, Local Studies Development Officer
Or Elizabeth Hoy, Enquiry/Research Assistant
Or Sharon McQuillan, Project/Research Assistant
Monday: 9:30 - 20:00
Tuesday: 9:30 - 17:30
Wednesday: 9:30 - 17:30
Thursday: 9:30 - 20:00
Friday: 9:30 - 20:00
Satueday: 9:30 - 17:00
Tel: 028 7034 2561
Fax: 028 7034 2561
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 - 17:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
3. Research Service
Provided by local Record Office?
The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland will undertake a limited search if reference numbers of items are provided: they will not undertake a full family history search on an individual's behalf.
A number of professional genealogists within Northern Ireland will conduct a search on your behalf for a fee.
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages
Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.
5. Census returns
1901 for County Antrim and County Londonderry.
The Department holds the Griffiths Valuation(a census substitute)on microfiche for Northern Ireland and in hard copy for the North Eastern Board area. Covers the 1860s period.
The index to the Griffith's Valuation is held on CD Rom (check re availability).
6(a) County and Regional Directories
Pigot's Directory 1820, 1821, 1822, 1824
Slater's Directory 1846, 1856, 1870, 1894
Bassett's Book of Antrim 1888
Belfast and N.I. Directory 1852 to date
Derry and Antrim Year Book 1922 to date (incomplete run)
6(b) City and Town Directories
6(c) Telephone Directories
7. Electoral registers and polls books
7(a) Electoral Registers
7(b) Poll Books
8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)
9. Unpublished Indexes
Local newspapers and Local Studies Journals indexed from c.1970 to date.
Entries for Ballymena, Antrim, Larne, Carrickfergus papers held at Area Local Studies Library, Ballymena.
10. Parish Registers
11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)
Local Historical Society Journals for the North Eastern Area.
12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material
13. Other material
Maps for the North Eastern area.
Biographies and family histories.
School registers from 1860s onwards for some schools in the North Eastern Area.
UAFP Centre for Migration Studies Irish Emigration Database (information on emigration from 17th Century up to 1930s)- access now available - booking strongly advised.
Ordnance Survey Memoirs for the North Eastern Area.
On CD Rom: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919
A State Apart - BBC Chronicle of the conflict
Fellowship of the Freedom - the United Irishmen and the rebellion of
International Land Records: Irish Flax Growers, 1796
International Land Records: Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1838.
Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission Digital Archive
14. Guides to Collections
A number of guides to specific materials held by the Public Record Office of N.I. e.g. Guide to school records; Guide to church records; Guide to documents relating to the London Companies etc.
Irish periodicals first published before 1901: a union list of Northern Ireland library holdings
15. Local Record Offices
Public Record Office for Northern Ireland
66 Balmoral Avenue
Belfast BT9 6NY
Tel: 028 90 251318
Please read the article from "Ulster Local Studies" Vol 10 No 1, 1988 re the Public Library Service in Northern Ireland and genealogy.
The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland holds most primary sources - census returns, estate records, school records, church records etc.
Access to the UAFP Centre for Migration Studies Irish Emigration Database is free to library members, but please 'phone to check regarding availability of the database in advance.
Access to Local Study sites on the Internet - free to Local Studies clients.