Derry Genealogy Tours

Finding the Correct Church

Having found the Townland we must now find not just the Civil Parish identified on your records but the correct Church. On your records you may see a Civil Parish this most likely is not the Church your Family used for Marriage/Baptisms and weekly use.

An Example

As an example take County Meath there are 146 Civil Parishes in County Meath. Your Families Church may be Culmullin it is bordered by 7 different Parishes but it is also in the Parish of Dunshaughlin. Your records may say Parish of Dunshaughlin but your Ancestors Parish and church they used for important events is actually 10 Miles away at Cullmullin. To Compound the issue there are 5 Baronies in Meath with the word Rath and 47 Townlands with the word Rath included. 

Finding the correct Graveyard

Finding the correct Graveyard for your family for the Townland. Again an example a Parish like Dunshaughlin may have 10 Graveyards in Fact the Parish of Cullmullin above which is in the Civil Parish off Dunshaughlin has 3 Graveyards alone one for 1700 one for 1800s and a Modern graveyard.
Again this is our responsibility to find the Correct Graveyard for your Church and your families Townland.

Finding Relatives and Neighbours of your Family

At My Ireland Heritage our Data Base allows us to find the exact Location of your Families house in the 1800s. Once we travel her on your Behalf we will know very quickly if the family are still in the vicinity. In fact even if they are not we have the knowledge to know if the neighbors who may be there for 200 years are also still in the Vicinity.

  • Derry has 6 Baronies
  • Derry has 45 Civil Parishes
  • Derry has 0 Electoral Divisions
  • Derry has 1234 Townlands
  • Derry has 287 sub townlands

Derry also known as Londonderry when it received sponsorship in the 1600s by the London City and Guilds after it was granted a Royal Charter by King James, has a vast History from the 6th Century when St Columba first set a monastery on this beautiful City. The name Derry is an Anglicisation of the Old Irish name Daire meaning “oak grove”. The old walled city lies on the west bank of the River Foyle, which is spanned by two road bridges and one footbridge. The city now covers both banks (City side on the west and Waterside on the east).  The siege of Derry 1688-89 lasted 105 days was a catalyst for the Battle of The Boyne in 1690 in County Meath. (see our Historical County Meath Tour)

It was one of the major deportation Ports for people in the Northern half of the Island for Centuries and in particular the great Famine of 1845-50. (see our Historical Derry City Tour)

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish – O’Doherty, MacLaughlin,O ‘Cahane, O’Donnell
•          Norman- None
•          Scottish -None
•          Viking – None

County Derry – Things to do and may be possible to include within your Ancestral Townland Experience Tour

·      City Walls of Derry
·      St Columba’s Cathedral
·      The Guildhall
·      Port of Derry
·      Ulster American Folk Park
·      Port of Derry and the Famine memorial
·      Peace Bridge
·      The Bogside Artists