Genealogy & Heraldry Collection

This Collection consists of the Blackwood Pedigrees and the Greeves Pedigrees. It includes indexes to births, marriages and deaths in the Belfast Newsletter for the years 1738-1863, and from 1945-1960. There are transcripts of the parish register for Belfast Parish Church (1745-1799); Seaforde Church (1760-1938); Clough Presbyterian and Non-subscribing Presbyterian Congregations (1791-1934). There is a register of deaths (1693-1862) and marriages (1727-1862) of persons in Downpatrick and the surrounding neighbourhood. The Irish Presbyterian Fasti - an index to over 3,000 ministers is also contained within this collection. Secondary sources include the 1796 Spinning Wheel Premium Entitlement Lists. These were lists of people (60,000) given free spinning wheels by the government to encourage the linen trade. There are two surviving copies, one of which is held by the Linen Hall Library. 30,000 names were listed by parish, within each county listing. An alphabetical listing of these names is available on microfilm. The Genealogy & Herladry Collection also includes Griffith's Valuation, Ireland's Memorial Records (this lists all the Irish service men killed in World War I) and a book containing transcripts of all the surviving County Antrim entries in the otherwise lost 1851 Census. There are also over 400 lists of individual families, many private printings, grave stone inscriptions, indexes to wills, army and navy lists, regisiters of schools, and university graduates. Passenger lists and books on emigration are also included. Books on heraldry, some of which are rare - for example the 300 year old manuscript compiled by Sir William Hawkins, Ulster King of Arms, are included in the collection. Burkes, Debretts and other such guides are also included.


The strength of this Collection lies with Newsletter Index and the manuscript of Ulster family trees, these are unique to the Linen Hall Library. It is a very accessible collection.

Description or Catalogue - select Catalogue; The Blackwood and Greeves Pedigrees are indexed.


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Added by Linen Hall Library | Last updated on: 25 August 2018