Top 300 surnames of Derry-Londonderry

If your ancestors came from Derry, you’re in luck! Brian Mitchell has written another book, The Top 300 Surnames of Derry-Londonderry, with maps by Sam Mitchell.


Return to the Causeway

Do you have ancestors from Antrim or Derry? Thinking about a trip to Ireland?


Finn McCool, Michael Cooper and Brian Mitchell

A day’s travel itinerary could not get any better than what we experienced yesterday on IGSI’s tour of Ireland.


John Steinbeck looks for his Derry roots

I was fascinated to read the Tower Museum’s Facebook page “on this day” entry:

On 17 August 1952 John Steinbeck wrote from his hotel in Derry to his friend and editor, Pat Covici, “We just got here. We’re on a hunt for the seat of the Hamiltons…It should be a very interesting experience…However, whatever happens […]

Follow Derry genealogy on Facebook

You can now follow Derry genealogy – as well as archive, museum, education, outreach and event services of Derry City and Strabane District Council – in its new home in Derry’s award-winning Tower museum at


New Derry databases online

Brian Mitchell continues to work painstakingly to make more Irish genealogy records available. His latest databases have been uploaded – in partnership with the Derry City Council – to Rootsireland.


Derry-Londonderry: Gateway to a New World

Noted genealogist Brian Mitchell has written a new book, recounting the history of departures from the port of Derry-Londonderry from the late 17th century to the year 1939, when the last transatlantic steamer sailed from the port.

Mitchell estimates that 6 million Americans can trace their descent to a Scots-Irish ancestor who departed the port […]

Derry’s Nine Million Diaspora

“Nine million people globally can trace their family story back to Derry and the North West,” states Brian Mitchell in his recent article in the Derry Journal. He goes on to describe a development on Derry Quay similar to Ellis Island.