This web-site could be a useful start to people who are researching their ancestors from Bellaghy
and its surrounding district in N. Ireland. Many Ulster people left this country over the centuries
with the Americas, Australia and New Zealand being favoured destinations. Some left to escape the
sometimes dreary climate, some under duress by the courts, some to escape pestilence and famine
and some to simply join friends and make their fortune in new lands.
Whatever the individual reason, those people left important ancestral history here in Northern Ireland
some of which we may still have on file or otherwise know the whereabouts of.
We, at Ballyscullion Parish Church in the diocese of Derry & Raphoe,
always welcome e-mails and letters from genuinely interested people,
world-wide, who think that their relatives may have a former connection with Bellaghy or any of the local townlands (Ballydermot,
Ballymacombs Beg, Ballymacombs More, Ballynease-Helton, Ballynease-Macpeake, Ballynease-Strain, Ballyscullion West, Drumanee Lower, Drumanee Upper, East Glebe, Edenreagh, Intake, Killyberry, Killyberry Boyd, Killyberry Downing, Leitrim, Mullaghbo(u)y
, Old-Town Downing, Old-Town Deer Park, Tamlaghtduff, Tamniaran and West Glebe, etc. etc.)
A highly-recommended, professional genealogical service is usually available within the parish for those who need good, detailed, reliable information on their Bellaghy ancestors. We only deal with facts and will never send you a 'fairy story'. There are now many hundreds of very satisfied people throughout the world who have had great results from this service.
"My thanks and appreciation to R****** for all his hard, and very quick, detective work. We know so much more now. We’ll have that cup of tea, R******, when the day comes that I can leave my own footsteps on the ground my forebears have traveled" - LH
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