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Northern Ireland North Eastern 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Unpublished indexes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: http://www.neelb.org.uk
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): ANT

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Area Local Studies Service
Ballymena Central Library
5 Pat's Brae
County Antrim
Northern Ireland
BT43 5AX
Tel: 028 2563 3950/2563 3960
Fax: 028 25 632038
[email protected]
Contact: Michael Lynn, Local Studies Development Officer
Or Elizabeth Hoy, Enquiry/Research Assistant
Or Sharon McQuillan, Project/Research Assistant

Opening hours:

Monday: 9:30 - 20:00
Tuesday: 9:30 - 17:30
Wednesday: 9:30 - 17:30
Thursday: 9:30 - 20:00
Friday: 9:30 - 20:00
Satueday: 9:30 - 17:00

Other Libraries:

Coleraine Library
Queen Street
County Londonderry
BT52 1BE
Tel: 028 7034 2561
Fax: 028 7034 2561
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 - 17:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? No

Provided by local Record Office? The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland will undertake a limited search if reference numbers of items are provided: they will not undertake a full family history search on an individual's behalf.
A number of professional genealogists within Northern Ireland will conduct a search on your behalf for a fee.

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations Not held

5. Census returns

1901 for County Antrim and County Londonderry.
The Department holds the Griffiths Valuation(a census substitute)on microfiche for Northern Ireland and in hard copy for the North Eastern Board area. Covers the 1860s period.
The index to the Griffith's Valuation is held on CD Rom (check re availability).

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Pigot's Directory 1820, 1821, 1822, 1824
Slater's Directory 1846, 1856, 1870, 1894
Bassett's Book of Antrim 1888
Belfast and N.I. Directory 1852 to date
Derry and Antrim Year Book 1922 to date (incomplete run)

6(b) City and Town Directories


6(c) Telephone Directories


7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

None held

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)


9. Unpublished Indexes

Local newspapers and Local Studies Journals indexed from c.1970 to date.
Entries for Ballymena, Antrim, Larne, Carrickfergus papers held at Area Local Studies Library, Ballymena.

10. Parish Registers


11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Local Historical Society Journals for the North Eastern Area.

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Maps for the North Eastern area.
Biographies and family histories.
School registers from 1860s onwards for some schools in the North Eastern Area.
UAFP Centre for Migration Studies Irish Emigration Database (information on emigration from 17th Century up to 1930s)- access now available - booking strongly advised.
Ordnance Survey Memoirs for the North Eastern Area.
On CD Rom: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919
A State Apart - BBC Chronicle of the conflict
Fellowship of the Freedom - the United Irishmen and the rebellion of
International Land Records: Irish Flax Growers, 1796
International Land Records: Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1838.
Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission Digital Archive

14. Guides to Collections

A number of guides to specific materials held by the Public Record Office of N.I. e.g. Guide to school records; Guide to church records; Guide to documents relating to the London Companies etc.
Irish periodicals first published before 1901: a union list of Northern Ireland library holdings

15. Local Record Offices

Public Record Office for Northern Ireland
66 Balmoral Avenue
Belfast BT9 6NY
Tel: 028 90 251318

Other information

Please read the article from "Ulster Local Studies" Vol 10 No 1, 1988 re the Public Library Service in Northern Ireland and genealogy.
The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland holds most primary sources - census returns, estate records, school records, church records etc.
Access to the UAFP Centre for Migration Studies Irish Emigration Database is free to library members, but please 'phone to check regarding availability of the database in advance.
Access to Local Study sites on the Internet - free to Local Studies clients.