A house without books is like a room without windows.

Horace Mann, Politician

Ulysses

Collections

Genealogy

The Genealogy Collection of the Linen Hall Library is situated on the 4th floor. The main body of the Collection consists of several hundred books covering family histories of individual families, Gravestone Inscriptions for many graveyards in Belfast and further afield, a collection of Surname dictionaries, and ‘Ireland’s Memorial Records’, a list of Northern Irish service-men killed during the First World War. There are also Army Lists, Clergy Records, School Registers, Passenger Lists, and ‘Burke’s Landed Gentry’, a listing of families who held or hold large estates of land.

Unique to the Linen Hall is the Belfast News Letter’s Birth, Death and Marriage Index from 1737 –1863. Here users can search the Index, arranged alphabetically by surname, to find family members who may have featured in a Birth, Death or Marriage notice in the Belfast News Letter of that time. These notices often contain vital bits of information that can help researchers in terms of finding graves, names of relatives or places of birth, or dates and times of death, marriage and birth.

Also unique to the Library is the Blackwood Pedigrees, over ninety volumes of handwritten family trees complied by Reginald Blackwood which is indexed by surname. We also have one of only two copies of the Flax Growers List on 1796 which contains 30,000 names from 30 counties of people who were growing flax at the time. Also of interest are transcripts of parish registers for Seaforde, Clough and Loughinisland, and marriages in the Downpatrick area from 1827 to 1862, and obituaries from 1693 to 1862. We also have a transcript of the marriage registers of the parish church of Belfast, 1745 – 1799.

Together, these general and unique resources give researchers a large number of ways to discover more about their family history as well as the region and country as a whole.

More information can also be found at our regular Genealogy Workshops which can be booked at the Library for £15 per person.

For further information, please contact:

Irish & Reference Department
T: 028 9032 1707
E: irish.reference@linenhall.com