Message 24412 (extract) on the Kentucky Genealogy Forum -
The following is a list of pointers to Forum members seeking information about Ballymena (and other County Antrim relatives)
1. The important neglected variable about an ancestor is usually his/her religion as birth/marriage/death data is not provided in the Civil Registration files prior to 1864. Non-Catholic marriages are registered from 1845 and before these dates virtually the only direct sources of family information are local parish registers. You will need to know the person’s religion to delve into the appropriate pre 1845/64 Church records.
2. The Ulster Historical Foundation Report on John Nicholl (C of I) born in Ballymena on 26 September 1826 http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~nicholl/reports-john-nicholl.htmhttp://homepages.rootsweb.com/~nicholl/reports-john-nicholl.htm will provide you with a 16 page model which can be used to search out details of your Ballymena relatives.
3. Griffiths Valuation for the Union of Ballymena £7.95 is available from Ballymena Museum: Bookshop. The Catholic BMD Church records are at the National Library of Ireland: The National Library holds an extensive collection of Irish rovincial and national newspapers, including most relating to Northern Ireland. It also holds many records of estates and has microfilm copies of most Roman Catholic parish registers. The National Library Kildare Street Dublin 2 Tel: 011 44 603 0200 Website: www.heanet.ie/natlib Genfindit at URL http://www.genfindit.com/http://www.genfindit.com/.
Ballymena's Seven Towers? (2nd ed) £1.00
St Patrick's Parish Church, Kilconriola £0.20
Ballymena in 1842: James O'Hagan's Map £1.00
Griffiths Valuation for the Union of Ballymena £7.95 S. Alex Blair's Co. Antrim Characters, Vol 1 - 3 £5.00
John Kennedy - Together in Time £12.00 The Scots Irish in Pennsylvania & Kentucky £9.95
Ballymena "City of the Seven Towers" (Municipal brochure) - £3.50
Autobiography of the Rev. William Hamilton of Garvagh £2.00
Old Ballymena £7.95 A History of Gracehill Moravian Settlement £2.00
Ahoghill Folk (Photographic Miscellany) £4.95 Around Ahoghill (Photographic Miscellany) £4.95
Mid-Antrim Part 2 : Further Articles on Ballymena & District £7.95 On the Shinning Bann : R. M. Sibbett on Portglenone & District £7.95 On the Townland Distribution of Ireland £1.50
Reminiscences of a Long Life: W.D. Killen £7.95 Celebrating Ulster's Townlands £3.00
Robert Dunlop (RIC) of Clough, Co. Antrim £2.50 The Presbytery of Ballymena 1745 - 1945 £1.95
Cloughwater Presbyterian Church: 150th Anniversary History 1840 –1990 £5.95(Refer Adair - Gaston ??) Hugh Wallis on his internet site has the marriage IGI batch numbers for Cloughwater, Skerry Parish, co. Antrim.
Early Victorian Larne £6.95 The Annals of the Parish of Derrykeighan £5.00 Old Ballyclug Burying Ground £1.50 Cullybackey Old Methodist Burying Ground £1.50 St Saviour's Churchyard, Connor £2.50 Skerry Churchyard £0.50 1st and 2nd Killymurris Burying-Grounds £3.50 Racavan Burying Ground £2.00
Letters back to Ballymena & District, Part 1 : Insights into the emigrant experience 1804 - 1902 £0.90
A Door that God Opened : Rev. John Galway McVicker and the founding of Ballymena Baptist Church £2.95
Second Donegore Presbyterian Church Burying Ground £1.50
Heads & Hearths (The Hearth Money Rolls & Poll Tax returns for County Antrim 1660 - 69) £9.50 Old Randalstown £6.00
I have never been to Ireland, but am researching my Adairs c.1600-1750.