More than 90,000 census substitute records for County Derry/Londonderry have now gone online.
The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) has announced that 90,866 new census substitute records from the Derry/Londonderry Genealogy Centre have been made available online at the Roots Ireland and Derry Genealogy websites.
The IFHF says: “Quite often the only realistic strategy in tracing ancestors beyond church registers is to examine surviving census returns and census substitutes, often compiled by civil parish, for any references to a surname or given name of interest.
“This database contains an index to people recorded in seven such sources, dating from 1663 to 1837. These sources name heads of household only; each source returns the name of head of household, year, civil parish address, and, in most cases, townland (or street/town) address. The Flax Growers Lists of 1796 plus some of the 1740 and 1766 returns don’t record townland addresses. The seven sources are:
- Hearth Money Rolls of 1663
- Protestant Householders Lists of 1740
- Religious Census of 1766 – Returns survive for 10 civil parishes in County Derry, namely: Artrea, Ballynascreen, Banagher, Bovevagh, Derryloran, Desertlyn, Desertmartin, Drumachose, Dungiven and Magherafelt.
- Flax Growers Lists of 1796
- Private Census of 1803 for the civil parish of Faughnavale
- Early-19th century Tithe Books. Year of compilation, ranging from 1822 to 1837, vary from parish to parish. The Tithe Book for the Deanery of Derry, which includes the parishes of Burt, Inch, Muff and Templemore, doesn’t record a year of compilation.
- 1831 Census. An abstract of the 1831 census returns survive which names all heads of households, 40,000 in total, in County Derry.
By logging directly into the Derry Genealogy site you can choose a ‘Source’ from the search screen to narrow your search.