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« on: Friday 20 March 09 10:09 GMT (UK) »
General history of various denominations in regard to records
Information on various denominations

Sources for church records (Antrim records start page 47 but all pages may not be available to view):

Various Co. Antrim marriage records

Belfast Churches- NEW

Church of Ireland- also see post below for Shankill Parish information
Church of Ireland records (microfilms) in PRONI
Church records
Shankill Parish, Belfast- register 1745-1761
Billy Parish Church burying ground
Christ Church, Derriaghy
Church of the Holy Spirit, Mossley Parish
St. John's, Donegore
St. Nicholas' Church, Carrickfergus
St. Patrick's, Templepatrick
St. Thomas', Belfast
St. Thomas', Rathlin
Holy Trinity, Portrush
St. Mark's, Dundela (Belfast)- download excel database of baptisms 1864-2009 NEW 4/1/12

Roman Catholic:
Penal Mass sites in the Glens
Other Penal Mass sites in North Antrim
St. Patrick's, Aghagallon marriages 1837/8 lookup offer
Belfast convents
St. Joseph's, Ballygally
Belfast convents mentioned
St. Mary's on the Hill
Lovely old photo of Glenravel R.C. Church on this thread- be sure to view the improved version

Presbyterian records
Presbyterian records (microfilms) in PRONI
Presbyterianism in Ladye + Cushendall
1st Ballyeaston- history His House on the Hill 1676-2004 with Population of Congregation 1813
Second Ballyeaston
First Larne
Rosemary St.- various baptisms from 1822 - 1867
Rosemary St.-various marriages from 1811 - 1840
Some Carnmoney Presbyterian Church baptisms 1799-1867
1st Donegore baptism & marriage records available on DVD NEW 9/1/12

Congregational Church, Straid in Bassett's directory (1888):

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« Reply #1 on: Friday 20 March 09 11:04 GMT (UK) »
Quote from: Christopher
Microfilm collections held in the self-service microfilm room at PRONI
MIC1 Church of Ireland records
MIC1B Non - Subscribing Presbyterian Church records
MIC1C Reformed Presbyterian Church records
MIC1D Roman Catholic Church records
MIC1/E Methodist Church records
MIC1/F Moravian Church records
MIC1/G Congregational Church records
MIC1/H Baptist Church records
MIC1P Presbyterian Church records

Quote from: Christopher
The Coleraine Branch of the NI Family History Society commenced a Project filming local Church Records in 2000. 
This project, originally undertaken as the Branch Millennium Project, has been completed. The objective was to obtain copies of all the Church records held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast, of churches in the council areas of Ballymoney, Coleraine, Limavady and Moyle. There was a considerable financial commitment involved; each film copy costs £13.30, and the Branch is very appreciative of the generous financial assistance provided by Coleraine Borough Council, The Northeast Education and Library Board, and the Cultural Diversity Programme of the Community Relations Council, towards the cost of the project. The project was later extended to cover the Registrar districts of Ballymena, Magherafelt and Londonderry, and is now virtually complete. There are now 212 church record films, relating to almost 300 churches, available for inspection and research by residents of, and visitors to, the middle and north of the Province.

These Church records are available at the Coleraine Library at Queen Street for research purposes.

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« Reply #2 on: Friday 20 March 09 14:07 GMT (UK) »
Ballymoney Old Church Graveyard
Billy Parish (inscriptions & map)

Larne Borough Council cemeteries (several listed)

Famine Graveyard near Kenbane NEW

Kilrush & St. Patrick's burying grounds, Lisburn
"These Hallowed Grounds" Lisburn Historical Association & North of Ireland Family History Society Vol.1 A Record of the Memorials in Kilrush and St. Patrick's Burying Grounds, Lisburn (

Ulster Historical Foundation (inscriptions)- pay site:

Covenanters in Ulster: NEW

Ireland's Gravestone Index- pay site but search is free and can be quite useful (although there are some errors with people being listed twice in wrong parishes) NEW

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« Reply #3 on: Thursday 26 March 09 14:52 GMT (UK) »

an excellent, fairly new, online resource with a great amount, albeit not complete, of inscriptions.
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« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 01 April 09 18:30 BST (UK) »
Information below copied from this thread by akanex2:,353901.0.html

This is a posting I made on another site which I thought might be useful to Rootschatters.

It attempts to explain the shifting CoI parishes within the Civil Parish of Shankill (Belfast).  The parish name on civil records for all marriages etc in these churches will be "Shankill", but Church records will use the religious parish name (e.g. St Anne's or St Mark's) causing some confusion.  It should also help trace likely churches to search if you know where your ancestors lived in Belfast.  Remember until 1870 the CoI was the established church and many members of other religions can be found in their records.

"Shankill is the name of the civil parish in Co Antrim where the town of Belfast began.  It covers the city centre and practically all the city west of the Lagan - east Belfast is mostly in the civil parishes of Knockbreda and Holywood.  Other civil parishes within the urban area of Belfast are Carnmoney, Derryaghy, Drumbeg and Drumbo.

There is a separate civil parish in the Lurgan area of Co Armagh named Shankill which includes neighbouring parts of Co Down but is not connected to the Belfast Shankill.

St Anne’s Cathedral is the successor to the original parish church, which I understand was original located close to the old graveyard on the Shankill Road.  The parish church moved to Donegall Street in the 1770s.  St George’s church is the successor of a chapel under the jurisdiction of St Anne's parish which stood at the ford of Belfast in ancient times and became a separate church early in the development of the town, known as “the Corporation Church” as it was used for civic functions in the C17th and C18th.  The old civil parish now contains 26 Church of Ireland parishes, several with more than 1 functioning church.  The main church in each current parish is marked with an asterisk in the list below.

The Churches, with date of separation from the old parish of Shankill are as follows:-

   *   St Anne's   Donegall St
1811   *   St George's   High St
1833      Christchurch   College Sq North
1839   *   St Mary Magdalene's   Donegall Pass
1839   *   St Matthew's   Woodvale Rd
1843   *   Holy Trinity   Oldpark Rd formerly Clifton St
1851   *   St Paul's   York St
1856   *   St Mark's   Ligoniel Rd
1859   *   St John the Baptist   Stewartstown Rd
1863      St Luke's   Northumberland St
1869   *   St Stephen's   Millfield
1870      St Andrew's   Hope St
1870   *   St Thomas's   Lisburn Rd
1871      St James's   Antrim Rd
1872      St Philip's   Grosvenor Rd
1892      St Barnabas'   Duncairn Gardens
1892      St Matthias's   Glen Road
1894   *   St John's   Malone Rd
1895      St Aidans   Blyth St
1898   *   All Saints'   University St
1898   *   St Mary's   Crumlin Rd
1899   *   St Michael's   Craven St
1900   *   St Peter's   Antrim Rd
1901   *   St Nicholas's   Lisburn Rd
1908   *   St Colman’s   Church Avenue, Dunmurry
1912      Holy Redeemer   Riga St
1929   *   St Bartholomew's   Stranmillis Rd
1929      St Saviour's   Wilton St
1929   *   St Simon's   Donegall Rd
1932   *   St Polycarp's   Lisburn Rd
1944   *   St Katherine's   Dunlambert Park
1958      St Silas's   Cliftonville Rd
Bef 1961   *   St John’s   Shore Road
1961   *   Epiphany   Sicily Park
1962   *   St Columba's   Ballygomartin Rd
1963      Immanuel   Ardoyne Rd
1963      St Ninian's   Whitewell Rd
1964   *   St Hilda’s   Seymour Hill
1982   *   St Andrew's   Forth River Rd

Demographic shifts in Belfast since the start of “the troubles” have lead to the closure of several churches and the merging of some into grouped parishes.  St Matthias’s became a Roman Catholic church after closing as a Church of Ireland in 1970.  St Barnabas’s was merged with St Paul’s in 1992 and subsequently demolished.  Christchurch merged with St Stephen’s and closed in 1993.  The church has been converted into a library for the neighbouring Royal Belfast Academical Institution (“Inst”).  St Silas’s also closed in the 1990’s and the parish was merged with Holy Trinity.  The original Holy Trinity Church was destroyed in the Blitz in 1941 and rebuilt in it’s new location.  Holy Redeemer closed in 1995 and this parish was merged with St Mary’s.  The original St Andrew’s was on the site of the car park behind Great Victoria Street Railway station and closed before a new congregation was formed in Glencairn, bearing the same name but created out of part of the parish of St Mark’s.  St Saviour’s merged with St Luke’s which closed in 2006 and is being converted into a cross community facility still under the Church of Ireland within the parish of St Stephen’s.  St Philip’s merged with St Simon’s and is also closed.

All these parishes/churches are in the parish of Shankill for purposes of civil registration."

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« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 01 September 09 18:23 BST (UK) »
Belfast City Cemetery- website and map

Website has now added searchable database for City Cemetery, Dundonald Cemetery and Roselawn Cemetery- see also reply #10 on this thread.

New UPDATE: you can now view who else is buried in a particular grave by clicking on the grave number contained in your search results

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« Reply #7 on: Saturday 06 February 10 14:55 GMT (UK) »
Maps of Carnmoney cemetery posted on this thread by The Whuttle- may be of use to other people looking for relatives buried there-,434765.0/topicseen.html

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« Reply #8 on: Sunday 07 March 10 15:03 GMT (UK) »
Book Lisburn's Rich Church Heritage (published June 2009) gives brief history of all 132 churches and places of worship in and around Lisburn.