We are pleased to announce that we have just added over 16,000 Church of Ireland baptismal records to our online database for County Down.
The records were transcribed by Dr Brian Trainor, former Director of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. The following Churches have been added:
|Killinchy||Church of Ireland||baptisms||1820-77||418|
|Blaris||Church of Ireland||baptisms||1661-1720||7709|
|Magheralin||Church of Ireland||baptisms||1783-1870||6628|
|Bangor||Church of Ireland||baptisms||1803-43||1050|
|Ballywalter||Church of Ireland||baptisms||1845-75||125|
|Ardkeen||Church of Ireland||baptisms||1746-1871||541|
These registers contain many interesting records. For example:
- In the Blaris Church of Ireland register we find the baptismal record of Margaret Street in 1675 who had been “found in Mr Brooke’s porch”.
- In Magheralin Church of Ireland register the minister Canon B.W Dolling had to add the following note to the baptismal record of Mary Anne in 1808: “The parents of said child went away while I was registering the others, though desired to stay and I have not been able to discover who they were”.
More Church of Ireland records will be added soon for the parishes of Antrim, Carrickfergus, Comber, Donaghadee, Down, Drumballyroney and Kilmore.
We would also like to remind you that we have also recently added Ireland’s Memorial Records to our Members’ Databases. This is a hugely important and indeed poignant resource listing the almost 50,000 Irishmen who gave their lives during the Great War 1914-18.