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Please NOTE! Additional materials for this county will be found in the Irish Resources page, which has documents and publications covering all of Ireland.

County Antrim occupies the north-east corner of the island, and is Ireland's nearest point to Scotland, just 13 miles of sea separating the two at their nearest point. In ancient times the area was known as Endruim or Andruim meaning "Habitation Upon the Waters." The Southern and South-Western portions were called Ulidia, while the Northern part was Dalrieda or Dalrada. The occupants, in the years before surnames were adopted, were known as the Ulidians and Dalradians, though Ptolemy refers to them as Darnii or Darini. In later times, Ulidia was controlled by the O'Neill of Clanaboy clan, and Dalrada by the McDonnell clan. Some of the smaller clans or septs in the area included McQuillan, O'Quinn, O'Hara, McCleary, McNeill, McKeown, O'Hood, McAlister, O'Lynn, O'Linchy and O'Lavery.

25 Most Common Names in Antrim: Thompson Wilson Stewart Johnston Campbell Moore Boyd O'Neill Smith Bell McMullen Robinson Kennedy Graham Kelly Hamilton Hunter Martin McNeill Montgomery Browne McAuley Craig Anderson Reid.

Antrim Publications

{Some of the following publications are available on microfiche only - if you do not have a fiche reader, contact your local library, they probably have one you may use (often with print capabilities as well). Click here for further information on placing an order.}

COUNTY ANTRIM DIRECTORY 1888, Bassett 1888, 4 fiche. Lists businesses and farmers for each town in the county, except Belfast (which had its own directory, which we have yet to obtain).

AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE MacDONNELLS OF ANTRIM, Hill 1873, 6 fiche. Comprehensive history of the clan. Originally published at Belfast.

INDEXES TO IRISH WILLS (5 Volumes), Phillimore and Thrift 1909/1920
Volume IV (Down, some Antrim and Armagh) 2 fiche

Antrim Free Member Access Pages

Antrim Premium Resources

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