The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) has announced that records for County Derry/Londonderry are now online. This means that most Irish counties (north and south) are covered, apart from Counties Carlow, Clare, Kerry, Laois, Monaghan, Offaly, Waterford and Wexford, as well as the City of Dublin, the south of County Cork and Cork City.
Indexed transcriptions of the records of Derry/Londonderry Genealogy, covering the parishes and districts of County Derry/Londonderry are now available on the IFHF’s Online Research Service (ORS) website. This adds another 800,000 more baptismal, birth, death, marriage, and census records to the ORS online database, making the total number of records now searchable online 16.2 million. You can search the ORS indexes free of charge, while viewing transcriptions costs five Euros per record.
I’ve been waiting for Derry to come online, as that’s where my own Irish ancestors lived, until the family (of Roxboroughs) moved to Clackmannanshire in Scotland between 1838 and 1841. Unfortunately, the Church of Ireland parish register for that period was one of those destroyed in the fire in the Public Record Office of Ireland in Dublin in 1922.
My Roxboroughs appear in the 1831 census (a heads-of-household transcript of which still exists for County Derry) and in the 1832 (I think) Tithe Applotment Books for the area, but don’t seem to be in the earlier records (such as Lists of Flaxgrowers, etc.). In Ireland, they spellt the name ‘Roxborough’, but in Scotland, it became ‘Roxburgh’ (as in the name of the lost town next to Kelso, which is presumably where the family’s ancestors came from).