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Main Surnames of Antrim and Down

Smith, Johnston, Thompson, Wilson, Campbell, Stewart, Robinson, Bell, Brown and Boyd.

Famous Persons of Antrim and Down Ancestry

The following US Presidents have roots in the counties of Antrim and Down: Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, Chester Alan Arthur, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.

Main Towns

The chief towns in the centre's designated area include Belfast, Ballymena, Antrim, Lisburn, Newry, Downpatrick, Kilkeel, Banbridge, Bangor, Newtownards and Larne.

Famous Places

Among the many internationally known locations in this centre's catchment area are:
The Linenhall Library in Belfast, Belfast City Hall, Queen's University, Belfast Folk and Transport Museum, The Ulster Museum, The Giant's Causeway, The Mourne Mountains, St. Patrick's Grave, Bushmills Distillery, The Glens of Antrim and the Europa Hotel.

Emigration from Antrim and Down

Unlike other parts of Ireland this area has a tradition of emigration, in the main to North America which stretches back to the 17th century. This steady stream of Ulstermen and women were largely Presbyterians. Emigration on a large scale became commonplace in the first half of the 18th century. The decade of the Great Famine added impetus to this haemorrhage and again Belfast was the focal point and North America was the destination. However, Britain and Australia also received emigrants in greater numbers.

The Great Famine

Belfast was Ireland's main industrial centre and attracted many people from the adjacent counties and from Ulster in general. Between 1841 and 1851 the population of Belfast increased by one third to c.103,000. The urban population suffered severely from fever with over 2,500 dying during the cholera epidemic of 1847/1848.


Antrim GenWeb  
Antrim Surname Helper l
Balleymoney Parish: Index to Griffith's 1861 Valuation of Balleymoney
County Antrim Families on the Web
County Antrim Miscellaneous Data from Fianna's Guide To Irish Genealogy.
County Antrim Surname Interest List 
Exodus; by the "Belfast Telegraph", chronicles the exodus of Irish from Belfast during the 19thC.
Genuki's pages for County Antrim 
IslandMagee; Parish Marriage Records 19thC
IslandMagee Parish Baptism Records
Surname List by Rootsweb
"The Belfast Newsletter" searchable database of words 1737-1800
Ulster American Folk Park tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Ulster Historical Foundation


County Antrim 1851 Census
Index to the County Antrim 1803 Agricultural Census search by townland, parish or surname.

County Antrim 1851 Census remnant. Significant returns listed by Townland. 


The Battle of Antrim 1798 Rebellion


Passenger Lists

Belfast; ships passenger lists (by Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild)
Larne; ships passenger lists (by Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild)

Ordinance Survey Memoirs 


County Volume Series Volume Description of the General Contents of the Volume Time Frame
1 2 Southeast Antrim covering present day Newtownabbey. Parishes of Ballymartin, Ballyrobert, Carnmoney and Mallusk. 1838-9
2 8 South Antrim covering Lisburn and district. Parishes of Blaris (Lisburn), Derryaghy, Drumbeg and Lambeg. 1832-8
3 10 East Antrim covering Larne and Islandmagee. Parishes of Carncastle, Killyglen, Island Magee, Kilwaughter and Larne. 1833, 1835, 1839-40
4 13 Glens of Antrim. Parishes of Ardclinis, Dunaghy, Dundermot, Layd, Layd & Inispollan, Loughuile, Newtown Crommelin, Racavan, Skerry and Tickmacrevan. 1830-8
5 16 Giant's Causeway and Ballymoney. Parishes of Ballymoney, Ballyrashane, Ballywillin, Billy, Derrykeighan, Drumtullagh, Dunluce and Kilraghts. 1830-5, 1837-8
6 19 Southwest Antrim covering Randalstown and district. Parishes of Ballyscullion, Connor, Cranfield, Drummaul, Duneane and Shilvodan. 1830, 1833, 1836-7
7 21 South Antrim covering Crumlin and Aghalee. Parishes of Aghagallon, Aghalee, Ballinderry, Camlin, Glenavy, Lough Neagh, Magheragall, Magheramesk and Tullyrusk. 1832-8
8 23 West Antrim covering Ballymena and district. Parishes of Ahoghill, Ballyclug, Finvoy, Killagan, Kirkinriola and Rasharkin. 1831-5, 1837-8
9 24 North Antrim coast and Rathlin. Parishes of Armoy, Ballintoy, Culfeightrin, Ramoan and Rathlin Island. 1830-2, 1835, 1838-9
10 26 East Antrim covering Whitehead and district. Parishes Glynn, Inver, Kilroot and Templecorran. 1830-1, 1833-5, 1839-40
11 29 Antrim town and Ballyclare. Parishes of Antrim, Doag, Donegore and Kilbride.  
12 32 Mid Antrim covering Ballynure and district. Parishes of Ballycor, Ballylinny, Ballynure, Glenwhirry, Raloo and Rashee.  
13 35 South Antrim covering Templepatrick and district. Parishes of Carmavy, Killead, Muckamore, Nilteen, Templepatrick and Umgall.  
14 37 East Antrim covering Carrickfergus and district. Parish of Carrickfergus.