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Northern Ireland Belfast Education and Library Board

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): ANT, ARM, DOW, FER, LDY, TYR

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Irish and Local Studies Department
Central Library
Northern Ireland
Tel: 01232 243233 ext. 239, 222
Fax: 01232 332819

Opening hours:

Opening hours not given

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? The Public Record Office for Northern Ireland (PRONI) will do limited research if reader has reference number of material in the depository. Full family history queries are not undertaken by staff. PRONI has lists of researchers who will undertake searches on behalf of individuals who cannot visit PRONI in person.
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations No records held in library, only a few published texts (see Parish Register section). Enquiries are referred to one of the following:
Public Record Office for Northern Ireland
Registrar General's Office
The parish church and its minister

5. Census returns

The Department has published censuses for Ireland from 1841, but no census returns are held
The Department has Griffiths Valuation 1848 (a census substitute) on microfiche for Ireland and in hard-copy for most of Northern Ireland

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

The location for all directories listed is the Irish and Local Studies Department. Branch libraries in BELB do have short runs of the Belfast and Northern Ireland Directory (1821 to date)

6(b) City and Town Directories

Derry & Antrim Yearbook 1901-1909
Derry and North-West Directory 1953-1956
Fermanagh 1848
North Down Directory 1888-1891
Northern Ireland 1842-

Northern Ireland:
Omagh 1910

County Louth (Tempests Annual) 1912-1957
Ireland 1821 to date

Northern Ireland:
Belfast 1805-

Specific directories for:
Antrim 1901-1982
Armagh 1894-1917
Banbridge 1911-1923
Bangor 1931-1969
Derry 1884-
Lisburn 1893-1894
Newry and Warrenpoint 1830-1957
Newtownards 1914-1917
Rostrevor 1830

Specific directories for:
Cork 1914-35
Dublin 1834 to date
Limerick 1809

6(c) Telephone Directories

Northern Ireland: alphabetical 1952 -; classified 1959-
Eire: alphabetical 1947- ; classified 1970-

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Belfast List of Voters 1833-1868
Belfast Electoral Registers 1936-
Castlereagh 1994-
Lisbury 1994-
Newtownabbey 1994-

7(b) Poll Books

Health Money Roll 1664 Co. Cavan
Health Money Roll 1664 Co. Tyrone
Health Money Roll 1665 Co. Donegal
Health Money Roll 1669 Belfast barony. Co. Antrim
Health Money Roll 1669 Carey barony. Co. Antrim
County Antrim Poll Book 1790

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

IGI Ireland on microfiche to March 1988

9. Unpublished Indexes

Newspaper Cuttings Index 1898- . Irish and Local Studies Department (includes cuttings from four major daily newspapers)

10. Parish Registers

No parish registers held in Belfast Public Libraries. All held in either PRONI or parish church
A few published parish registers are held for:
Derry Cathedral 1642-73
Lisburn Presbyterian Marriages 1688-1696
Parish Register Society of Dublin series - registers dating from 17th-19th centuries

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Ainm - Bulletin of the Ulster Place Name Society vo.lume 1 1984-
Analecta Hibernica Nos. 1-31 1931-1984
Army and Navy lists
Duiche Neil volume 3 1988-
Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society Journal volume 1 1992-
Familia volume 2 1985-
Family Links volume 1 1981-
Irish Ancestor 1969-1978
Irish Family Links formerly Family Links volume 1 1981-
Irish Genealogical Research Society 1990-
Irish Genealogist Volume 1 1937-
Irish Link volume 1 1984-
North Irish Roots volume 1 1984-
Ulster Genealogical and Historical Guide volume 1 1978- (changed title to Familia)
Ulster Link 1976-1988 (incomplete)
Ulster Origins volumes 1-7 1984-1990
Various local history society publications
Great Britain and Ireland Army and Navy Lists. Humanities Dept.

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Great Britain, Government publications:
Historic Manuscripts Commission Publications relating to Ireland, e.g. Carew Papers; Calendar of State papers. Humanities Dept.
Ireland Government Publications:
Irish Manuscript Commission e.g. Civil Survey 1654-56. Irish Dept.
Other published family archives, e.g. Montgomery Manuscripts

13. Other material

Cleland Estate Papers - Landowners with property in Belfast and County Down (includes maps, rent rolls and plans)
Extensive collection of biographies, family histories
F.J. Bigger Collection
Gravestone inscriptions series for Northern Ireland
Memorials of the dead in Ireland
Rental of the town of Belfast 1850
School Registers for Belfast late 19th century and 20th century
Selection of peerages and baronetcies from the nineteenth century
Ulster-American Folk Park Emigration Database - information on emigration from 17th century onwards up to 1930s
Dictionary of National Biography; Who's Who. Humanities Dept

14. Guides to Collections

Free leaflets: Irish and Local Studies Library
The Newspaper Library
Guide to the Irish and Local Studies Department 1979
Northern Ireland Newspapers 1937-1987: a checklist with locations. Belfast 1987 (new edition in production)
Irish periodicals first published before 1901: a union list of Northern Ireland library holdings. Omagh 1995
(Available from Ms Kate McAllister, Local Studies Librarian, Omagh Library, BT78 1HZ)

15. Local Record Offices

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
Balmoral Avenue
Tel: 01232 251318
Fax: 01232 255999

Other information

Extensive newspaper collection over 3000 bound volumes and significant holdings in microfilm
Census of Ireland. General alphabetical index to townlands and towns, parishes and baronies of Ireland. Baltimore 1984
Index to Willis. Baltimore 1970
Lewis, Samuel: Topographical dictionary of Ireland. 2nd ed. 2 vols. London 1849
O'Donovan Letters 1835 (information on antiquities for Ordnance Survey Memoirs)
Ordnance Survey Maps Series 1830s and 1930s and various antiquarian maps of Ireland
Ordnance Survey Memoirs Ireland Angelique Day/Patrick McWilliams
Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1844-5. Dublin 1846