Today I wanted to highlight the free section of useful resources on our website.

One of the most helpful areas are the parish maps of the nine counties of Ulster

A parish is a territorial division which can be either a civil or ecclesiastical unit. Civil parishes largely follow the pattern that was established in medieval times. Ecclesiastical parishes do not always coincide with civil parish boundaries, however.

Following the Reformation in the sixteenth century, the Church of Ireland more or less maintained the pre-Reformation arrangement. Church of Ireland parishes are, therefore, largely coterminous with civil parishes.

When the Catholic Church began its institutional re-emergence in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it constructed a new network of parishes which did not necessarily follow the civil parish network.

Civil Parish Map Co Down 1

We also have two useful historical timelines in this section - a general one from the 1500s to the 2000s and one that focuses on the Plantation period