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Derry Doire Londonderry

Derry Genealogy Centre is operated by Heritage and Museum Service of Derry City Council. From 1982 to 2007, as a project of the Inner City Trust, Derry Genealogy Centre created a database of one million records, dating from 1642 to 1922, which were extracted from the major civil and church registers of the city and county of Londonderry (also known as Derry).


This database consists of:


    Pre-1922 civil birth and marriage registers

    The early baptismal, marriage and burial registers of 85 churches (26 Roman Catholic Church, 24 Church of Ireland and 35  


    Gravestone inscriptions from 117 graveyards plus pre-1910 registers of Derry City Cemetery

    Index to 1901 census returns and to Griffith’s Valuation of 1858/1859


Family history researchers can search, for free, the indexes to this database at www.derry.rootsireland.ie and then purchase, on a pay-per-view basis, any selected record. The search facility is very flexible: for example, if you are searching for the baptism/birth of a child you can narrow the search down by year, range of years, father's first name and by parish of baptism/district of birth. Furthermore, with the ‘Advanced Search’ option you can also filter birth searches to include mother’s name, and marriage searches to include name of spouse and names of parents.



With over one hundred years of emigration from Moville and Derry to the New Brunswick area many collaborative cultural projects are in development.