County Antrim and Belfast Genealogy
NOTES and Coats of Arms
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This book is written to help find the roots of any family in the county. A hands on guide to find your family in county Antrim and in Belfast. New; Full size 8 1/2 x 11; 50 pages; heavier parchment type cover; lay flat binding; illustrations, some of which may appear faded with age as in the originals; County Map; Local Sources; Coats of Arms; and record extracts. Many families are given with family history notes, specific locations; coat of arms; and seats of power. Some are only mentioned. A must for any researcher. ( For a large collection of family histories within the county we also recommend "The Book of Irish Families, great & small", by O'Laughlin.)
Many Parishes and Towns: County Antrim includes the towns of Lisburn, Carrickfergus, Ballymena, Ballycastle and Larne, as well as Belfast. Among the modern parishes (necessary to know in your search) listed in this book are: Aghagallon, Aghalee, Ahoghill, Antrim, Ardclinis, Armoy, Ballinderry, Ballintoy, Ballyclug, Ballycor, Ballylinny, Ballymartin, Ballymoney, Ballynure, Ballyrashane, Ballyscullion, Ballywillin, Belfast, Billy, Blaris, Camlin, Carncastle, Carnmoney, Carrickfergus, Connor, Craigs, Cranfield, Culfeightrin, Derryaghy, Derrykeighan, Donegore, Drumbeg, Drummaul, Dunaghy, Duneane, Dunluce, Finvoy, Glenavy, Glenwhirry, Glynn, Grange of Ballyscullion, Grange of Doagh, Grange of Drumtullagh, Grange of Dundermot, Grange of Inispollen, Grange of Killyglen, Grange of Layd, Grange of Muckamore, Grange of Nilteen, Grange of Shilvodan, Inver, Island Magee, Kilbride, Killagan, Killead, Kilraghts, Kilroot, Kilwaughter, Kirkinriola, Lambeg, Larne, Layd, Loughguile, Magheragall, Magheramesk, Newton Crommlin, Portglenone, Racavan, Raloo, Ramoan, Rasharkin, Rashee, Rathlin, Shankill, Skerry, Templecorran, Templepatrick, Tickmacrevan andTullyrusk.
Researchers will want to remember that place names can change in spelling over the years, just like surnames Keep an eye out for similar sounding names when looking for your family.
Townlands: Townlands are a larger geographical subdivison of County Antrim. Some County Antrim Townlands listed are: Balloghan, Ballyany, Ballybreagh, Ballylagh, Ballyreagh, Ballyrobert, Ballysilly, Cloghcastle, Killotin, Lagainele, Listillyard, Old parke, and Skeggan Earle
More settler names are found in Antrim including those of Taylor, Jackson, Walker, Fraser, Patterson and Young.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Sources; Birth Index
National Resource List
Local Resource List Names in County Antrim
The Complete Existing returns from the 'census' of 1659, showing the baronies in which families were located, and the methods of spelling family and place names at that time. This work gives in the 1659 census, the names of Tituladoes such as 'Teige O Hara, James Adaire, John Boyd, and William Shaw' and many more, along with the principal Irish and Scotch surnames by barony. For example, in the barony of Antrim are given Adire, Armstrong, McAlester, Blair, Boyd, Browne McCormick, Crawford and about 20 more families are listed, along with the relative number of the name in that barony. This is repeated for each barony in the county listed.
Coats of Arms of Families in Antrim. Families included in the coats of arms section are given with specific location and a rough sketch of the family arms. Among the families included in this section are:
Brown of Peter's Hill; MacCartney of Lissanoure; Casement of Magherintemple; Chichester the baron of Belfast; Cramsie of O'Harabrook; Dawson of Port Arlington; MacDonald baron of Slate; MacDonnell earl of Antrim; Fullerton of Ballntoy: Fulton of Braidujle; Greer of Sea Park; Lyons of Old Park; Leslie of Leslie Hill; Higinson of Lisburn; and 20 more families not listed here.
Index of Place Names, ancient & modern. A sampling of place names to assist the researcher. Also of interest and included are local sources in the county itself. County Antrim is located in northern Ireland, (in the province of Ulster), with actual records and contacts.
Families on the 4 Masters Map
What families were in the county in earlier days? This might provide a clue to the locations of your family today. Here are some of the families given on the Map of County Antrim in the History of Ireland by the 4 Masters (Connellan translation. (1846)2003, I.G.F.) E. = Earl, L.=Lord, C. = chieftain: BissetdeBurgo, E. deCourcy, E. deLacy, E. MacAlister MacClean MacDougall Mac Donnell, E. MacNally MacQuillan, L. O'Donnelan, L. O'Eirc, O'Flynn, L. O'Furry, O'Hamill, O'Hara, O'Kane, L O'Keevan, O'Mulholland, O'Niell, and O'Shiel.
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