Thursday, 26 March 2015

More BMD records added to Ancestry Ireland for Antrim and Down

From the Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com), news of new additions from Counties Antrim and Down, including for St Nicholas Church in my home town of Carrickfergus:

We are pleased to announce the addition to our online databases of over 27,000 new Church of Ireland records for Counties Antrim and Down!

These new baptism, marriage and burial records are from 24 parishes across Antrim and Down and were transcribed by our Emeritus Research Director, Dr Brian Trainor.

Name of Church
County
Type of record
Years covered
No. of entries
Aghalee CI
Antrim
Marriages
1811 – 1844
475
Ardkeen CI
Down
Burials
1746 – 1875
109
Ballinderry CI
Antrim
Marriages
1840 – 1845
40
Ballyclug CI
Antrim
Marriages
1841 – 1844
12
Ballyculter CI
Down
Burials
1812 – 1871
716
Ballyhalbert CI
Down
Burials
1855 – 1922
321
Ballymacarrett CI
Down
Marriages
1827 – 1844
112
Ballymoney CI
Antrim
Marriages
1807 – 1844
370
Ballyphilip CI
Down
Burials
1831 – 1883
428
Bangor CI
Down
Burials
1814 – 1829, 1841 – 1846
1912
Blaris (Lisburn) CI
Antrim
Burials
1661 – 1720
3220
Blaris (Lisburn) CI
Antrim
Marriages
1663 – 1735
1546
Carrickfergus CI
Antrim
Burials
1740 – 1870
3457
Comber CI
Down
Burials
1683 – 1881 (with gaps)
2807
Comber CI
Down
Marriages
1683 – 1845
845
Donaghadee CI
Down
Burials
1771 – 1786, 1817, 1818, 1820 – 1841
852
Down CI
Down
Burials
1752 – 1785, 1795 – 1829, 1837 – 1871
1450
Dromore CI
Down
Marriages
1784 – 1845
832
Drumballyroney CI
Down
Burials
1839 – 1873
39
Finvoy CI
Antrim
Marriages
1812 – 1845
241
Glenavy CI
Antrim
Marriages
1708 – 1845 (with gaps)
618
Inver (Larne) CI
Antrim
Baptisms
1806 – 1826, 1836 – 1864
1333
Inver (Larne) CI
Antrim
Marriages
1817 – 1845
51
Kilkeel CI
Down
Burials
1816 – 1884 
778
Kilmore CI
Down
Burials
1822 – 1856
221
Kirkinriola (Ballymena) CI
Antrim
Marriages
1807, 1809, 1819, 1822, 1823 – 1841
131
Magheralin CI
Down
Burials
1783 – 1865
3818
Magheralin CI
Down
Marriages
1783 – 1845
545



These new records contain a wealth of information of use to both the family and local historian and the burial registers, in particular, are full of interesting entries.

For example in Ardkeen CI there was noted the burial entry of Henry Cleland, aged around four months old, in 1823 with a note by the minister that stated that he was “found dead in a field with a letter mentioning his name. Perished from cold and hunger; Coroner's inquest wilful murder.”

Occupations were sometimes recorded, especially if the deceased was in the military or the clergy. Ballyculter CI’s burial register occasionally contained the occupation of the deceased, particularly if they were servants, for example in 1818 Daniel Kain “Lord Bangor’s man”, William Wilson “gardener to Mr Price” and Roger Wade “steward to Mr Hoey” were all buried. This may be the only record of their employment which now exists.

Carrickfergus CI’s register contained an entry of the burial in May 1776 of Mr McCracken, “the buckle beggar”. A buckle beggar was someone who performed marriage ceremonies “in a clandestine and irregular manner”.

The history of a local area can also be seen through the Church records. For example one can see in the Blaris (Lisburn) CI register the arrival of the Duke of Schomberg’s army in September 1689 by the increase of the deceased who were serving in that army. These were not only soldiers, for example in December 1689 John Redbird “master baker to [the] Duke of Schomberg” died and in January 1690 Thomas Mansfield, “one of King William’s bakers” was buried.

In coastal parishes, we find the burial records of sailors, fishermen and those who had drowned. For example in Ballyhalbert CI, in January 1864 there was the burial of three men who were shipwrecked including John Morrison from Douglas on the Isle of Man. In this register we also find the burials of two men from the HM Cruiser Bayano which was torpedoed by a German submarine in 1915. Donaghadee CI’s burial register contains an entry for James Conlin, a tide-waiter (customs officer) who was “killed by a fall on the quay” in October 1783.

In the majority of entries the cause of death was not recorded, but unusual incidents were often noted by the minister. For example in Ballyphilip CI we find Patrick Kelly, aged 15 years from Portaferry who died in June 1876 from “a fall from a velocipede” (an early bicycle). Carrickfergus CI’s register details the burials of four men in October 1752 who were “killed with the bursting of a cannon”. Magheralin CI’s records contain an entry for Edward Lunn, an innkeeper who was buried in July 1817; he “died suddenly at Maze races”. Down CI’s burial register contains information on John McKenzie, the son of Prudence Coslett, who was buried in June 1765 after he “fell off the Abbey”.

In the majority of entries the cause of death was not recorded, but unusual incidents were often noted by the minister. For example in Ballyphilip CI we find Patrick Kelly, aged 15 years from Portaferry who died in June 1876 from “a fall from a velocipede” (an early bicycle). Carrickfergus CI’s register details the burials of four men in October 1752 who were “killed with the bursting of a cannon”. Magheralin CI’s records contain an entry for Edward Lunn, an innkeeper who was buried in July 1817; he “died suddenly at Maze races”. Down CI’s burial register contains information on John McKenzie, the son of Prudence Coslett, who was buried in June 1765 after he “fell off the Abbey”.

Many of the burial records also contain the name of the father, husband or next of kin of the deceased, providing additional information on each family. Some also record ages at death and occasionally occupations.

(With thanks to the UHF)

Chris

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