Monday 20 May 2013 releases Co Down church records

FindMyPast Ireland has released an interesting batch of 12,084 church records for Annaclone/Anaghlone and Ballyroney, near Banbridge in Co Down.

It includes records from the registers of the First and Second Presbyterian Meeting Houses, the Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic church, and includes baptism, marriage and burial records, Presbyterian Communicant Rolls and a register of graveyard plots, as follows:

Baptism, Marriage and Burial

3405 St Colman's RC Annaclone baptisms 1834-1913
1137 St Colman's RC Annaclone marriages 1851-1913
1505 St Colman's RC Annaclone burials 1851-1913

3448 Ballyroney Presbyterian baptisms 1819-1913
790 Ballyroney Presbyterian marriages 1831-1906

974 Anaghclone Presbyterian baptisms 1839-1913
618 Anaghclone Presbyterian marriages 1845-1913

79 Anaghclone Church of Ireland baptisms 1877-1900
114 Anaghclone Church of Ireland marriages 1845-1900
14 Anaghclone Church of Ireland burials 1877-1900

Communicant Rolls

991 Anaghlone Presbyterian Communicants 1868-1913
1464 Ballyroney Presbyterian Communicants 1861-1913

The Rolls are an annual roll call of members of each community between 1861 and 1913. Notations in the registers include changes to women's names on marriage, the date of death of church members (or the date they left the church or emigrated) and whether a certificate was issued on emigration (these certificates acted as letters of introduction and confirmation of good behaviour, and helped emigrants to settle into new congregations).

Burial Plot

Ballyroney Presbyterian graveyard – Plot ownership 1895

This useful record records the address of those who owned plots. They do not record memorial transcriptions.

Find out more about using church records to trace your ancestors.