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Northern Ireland. Western 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Unpublished indexes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): FER, LDY

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Irish and Local Studies Department (WELB(O))
Omagh Library
1 Spillars Place
Co. Tyrone
BT78 1HL
Tel: 01662 244821
Fax: 01662 246772
[email protected]
Contact: -

Opening hours:

Monday: 0915-1730
Tuesday: 0915-2000
Wednesday: 0915-1730
Thursday: 0915-2000
Friday: 0915-1730
Saturday: 0915-1300 and 1400-1700

Other Libraries:

Irish and Local Studies Department (WELB(E))
Enniskillen Library
Halls Lane
Co. Fermanagh
BT74 7DR
Tel: 01365 322886
Fax: 01365 324685
Email: [email protected]
Contact: -
Monday: 0915-1715
Tuesday: 0915-1930
Wednesday: 0915-1715
Thursday: 0915-1930
Friday: 0915-1715
Saturday: 0915-1300

3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? N/A

Provided by local Record Office? Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations N/A

5. Census returns

WELB(O) 1901. Co. Tyrone and Name Index
WELB(E) 1901. Co. Fermanagh and Name Index

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

WELB(O) : Ulster 1880 and 1935 to date
Co. Tyrone/Omagh area 1882-1919 incomplete
Miscellaneous copies of relevant Tyrone towns and villages 1824-1914
WELB(E): Ulster 1955 to date
Co. Fermanagh 1848 and 1880
Miscellaneous copies of relevant Fermanagh towns and villages 1824-1870

6(b) City and Town Directories


6(c) Telephone Directories

WELB(O): All current UK and Ireland
WELB(E) all current UK and Ireland

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

WELB(O): 1969-1987 Western County Tyrone
WELB(E): 1978; 1982-86; 1988-89 County Fermanagh

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Not held

9. Unpublished Indexes

WELB(O): gravestone inscriptions published in books or periodicals. Coverage is all Ireland.
WELB(E): gravestone inscriptions published in books or periodicals. Coverage County Fermanagh

10. Parish Registers

Not held

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

WELB(O): see yellow leaflet enclosed
WELB(E): Familia 1987 to date; Irish Genealogical Research Society (Ireland Branch Newsletter) 1986 to date; Irish Genealogist 1939 to date; Irish Heritage Links 1981-1990/91; Irish Link 1984 to date; North Irish Roots 1984 to date; Ulster Link 1987-88 odd numbers only; Ulster Origins 1984-? 5 volumes

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

WELB(O): Abercorn papers (copies of PRONI typed transcripts)
Ships' passenger lists; Hearth money rolls; muster rolls; militia lists: Co. Tyrone
WELB(E): Hearth money rolls; muster rolls; militia lists; ships' passenger lists: Co. Fermanagh

13. Other material

WELB(O): Griffith's Valuation c.1860. Heads of households given etc. All of Tyrone
Valuation updates 1920-1930; 1934-1935; 1957
Board of Guardian Minute Books (workhouse records). Castlederg, Clogher, Omagh, Strabane. Poor Law Unions c.1840-1900 m/f
Gravestone inscription lists as and when available. Co. Tyrone
WELB(E): Griffith's Valuation c.1862. Heads of households given etc. All of Fermanagh
Board of Guardian Minute Books (workhouse records). Enniskillen, Irvinestown (Lowtherstown), Lismaskea Poor Law Unions c.1840-1900 mf

14. Guides to Collections

WELB(O) leaflet enclosed

15. Local Record Offices

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

Other information

Most main libraries in Northern Ireland are linked into the Emigration Database - a service of the Ulster American Folk Park, Mellon Road, Castletown, Omagh, Co. Tyrone BT78 5QY. Tel: 01662 243292, fax: 01662 242241. Although primarily for the study of emigration, already on the ever-expanding database are many ships' passenger lists which may be useful to genealogists.