New records online for Derry

Thanks to the Irish Family History Foundation for their recent message about additions to Derry records:

Derry Genealogy Centre has compiled seven new databases for Derry city, dating from 1628 through to 1921, which have just been uploaded to RootsIreland (at www.derry.rootsireland.ie ). They are:

  • The earliest census of the city, namely the rent roll of 1628
  • The names of 905 men from Derry and surrounding estates who defended Derry’s walls during the 1641 Rebellion
  • The names of 1,660 supporters of Williamite campaign in Ireland of 1689 to 1691, many of whom fought at the Siege of Derry in 1689
  • The names of 226 citizens of the city, in effect a census of the city at the end of the 17th century, who signed a petition condemning a Jacobite plot to assassinate King William III in 1696
  • The names of 110 leaseholders within the walled city in 1738
  • The names of 191 Derry men and women who were held in the County Jail on Bishop Street, from 1839 to 1856, awaiting transportation to Australia
  • Reconstruction of census for Derry city during ‘the Troubles’ of 1920, extracted from Derry Almanac of 1921, which names 8,367 heads of households against their street address and house number

A further new addition is Derry Placenames Database. Derry Placenames Database is a database of 1,750 placenames as recorded in the 1901 census returns for the city and county of Derry. It includes the names of all townlands, together with street listings for all towns, in County Derry. All placenames are located by District Electoral Division, Parish, Registrar District, Poor law Union and Estate. This will result in more effective use of major Irish record sources such as 1901 and 1911 census returns, church registers, civil registers of births, marriages and deaths, the national indexes to civil birth, marriage and death registers, and estate records. Click here to view the Derry Placenames Database

The full list of available sources for the Derry Genealogy Centre can be viewed here .

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