Derry Journal
10 May 2012

Derry Genealogy Centre, which helps both locals and visitors trace their family history, has moved to Foyle Valley Railway Museum on Derry’s Foyle Road.

Previously based at the Harbour Museum, Derry Genealogy Centre has created an invaluable database of over one million records, dating from 1642 to 1922, which were extracted from the major civil and church registers of the city and county of Derry.

This database contains the bulk of pre-1922 civil birth and marriage registers, the early baptismal and marriage registers of 85 churches and gravestone inscriptions from 117 graveyards. You can now access this database online at

As the search facility on this website is very flexible it means that researchers should be able to determine if any entries of interest to their family history are held on this database.

Visitors and locals alike are welcome, at no charge, to forward any queries they may have concerning their family history to the genealogist, Brian Mitchell, who has been involved in local, family and emigration research in the wider Derry area since 1982; by contacting him in person at the Foyle Valley Railway Museum Museum, by telephone on: 71. 365151 ext. 8254, or by emailing Brian at:

In addition a series of information sheets on major Irish record sources can be viewed on Derry City Council’s website at:

Brian, a regular contributor to the ‘Derry Journal’, is an accredited member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (M.A.P.G.I.) and the author of a number of Irish genealogy reference books such as A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, A Guide to Irish Parish Registers, Irish Passenger Lists 1847-1871, and Genealogy at a glance: Irish Genealogy Research.