County Donegal Genealogy

County Down Genealogy

County Down Ancestry COUNTY DOWN FAMILY HISTORY, COUNTY DOWN ROOTS

Irish name: An Dún

County Down (named after its county town, Downpatrick) is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland. Adjoined to the south-east shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 2,448 km², with a population of approximately 516,000. It is also one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland, lying within the historical province of Ulster.

Although Downpatrick is the county town, the largest town is Bangor. Newry lies on the boundary between counties Down and Armagh, while Lisburn and Belfast lie on the boundary between counties Down and Antrim. Down contains both the southernmost point in Northern Ireland (Cranfield Point) and the easternmost point in Ireland (Burr Point).

The county borders County Antrim to the north, the Irish Sea to the east and County Armagh to the west. It is one of only two counties of Ireland to presently have a majority of the population from a Protestant community background, according to the 2001 census. The other is County Antrim.

Some towns and villages of county Down where we have researched County Down Ancestors are;

1. Parts of Belfast 2. Newry. 3. Ballynahinch 4. Banbridge 5. Dromore 6. Newcastle. 7. Castlewellan 8. Hilltown 9. Rostrevor 10. Bangor

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Civil Parishes of County Down

If you are researching Down ancestors, there are 70 civil parishes in County Down and the church registries can be researched in either the Public Records of Northern Ireland in Belfast or the National Library in Dublin.. They are as follows;

1 Aghaderg 2 Annaclone 3 Annahilt 4 Ardglass 5 Ardkeen 6 Ardquin 7 Ballee 8 Ballyculter 9 Ballyhalbert (St Andrew's) 10 Ballykilner 11 Ballyphilip 12 Ballytrustan 13 Ballywalter 14 Bangor 15 Blaris 16 Bright 17 Castleboy 18 Clonallan 19 Clonduff 20 Comber 21 Donaghadee 22 Donaghcloney 23 Donaghmore 24 Down 25 Dromara 26 Dromore (Co. Down) 27 Drumballyroney 28 Drumbeg 29 Drumbo 30 Drumgath 31 Drumgooland 32 Dundonald 33 Dunsfort 34 Garvaghy 35 Grey Abbey 36 Hillsborough 37 Holywood 38 Inch 39 Inishargy 40 Kilbroney 41 Kilclief 42 Kilcoo 43 Kilkeel 44 Killaney 45 Killinchy 46 Killyleagh 47 Kilmegan 48 Kilmood 49 Kilmore (Co. Down) 50 Knockbreda 51 Lambeg 52 Loughinisland 53 Maghera (Co. Down) 54 Magheradrool 55 Magherahamlet 56 Magheralin 57 Magherally 58 Moira 59 Newry 60 Newtownards 61 Rathmullan 62 Saintfield 63 Saul 64 Seapatrick 65 Shankill 66 Slanes 67 Tullylish 68 Tullynakill 69 Tyrella 70 Warrenpoint

Genealogy Sources for each Irish County

Antrim Armagh Carlow Cavan
Clare Cork Derry (Londonderry) Donegal
Down Dublin Fermanagh Galway
Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois
Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth
Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly
Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Tyrone
Waterford Westmeath Wexford Wicklow

Major Sources of Irish Ancestry

Church Records Land Records Directories
Registry of Deeds Wills Emigration Records
Newspapers

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