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Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Buchanans of St John's Derg Parish, Castlederg, County Tyrone, Ireland

My Buchanan family lived in this parish during at least part of 1815-1824. It was a Church of Ireland (Anglican) parish, although the Buchanans usually identified themselves as Presbyterians.

The latest Genealogy In Time newsletter mentioned records newly available for County Tyrone. Among them is a set of index cards from  St John's Derg Parish, Castlederg, County Tyrone. The first three births are obviously our family, but there is an excellent chance that the others are related to our family too. When our family emigrated to Canada in 1847, they undoubtedly left relatives behind.
Derg: Parish
Name Date of Baptism Book Ref.
ROBERT 2nd April, 1815. AA 438
CHARLES 26th May, 1817. AA 524
WILLIAM 28th March, 1824. AA 736
ELIZA 25th January,1829. AA 959
WILLIAM 3rd March, 1839. AA 1352
MATTY lst June, 1841, B 8 97
ELLEN 24th September, 1843. B 187
ELIZA 7th June, 1846. B 295
REBECCA 29th April, 1849. B 350
MARGARET 30th June, 1852. B 428
MARY 28th May, 1865. B 846
BUCHANAN (2) Derg Parish
Name Date of Baptism Book Ref.
ELLEN 23rd December, 1875. B 1199
SAMUEL IRWIN lst January, 1885. B 1409

Probably related:
BUCHANAN Derg Parish
Martha 18 Feb 1866 A 501
Willaim 3 Feb 1867 A 523
Sally 31 Mar 1875 A 679
Sarah 11 Feb 1894 B 194
Marriage Date   Name & Surname  Age  Condition  Rank or Profession  Residence at time of marriage  Father’s name & Surname  Rank or Profession of Father  Witnesses:
September 21st 1869
William Patton 27 Bachelor Labourer Ballylennan John Patton Labourer Thomas Crowe
Rebecka Buchanan 22 Spinster Ballylennan William Buchanan Labourer Thomas Funston
October 12th 1869
Thomas Crowe 32 Bachelor Labourer Ballylennan John Crowe Labourer Andrew Chism
Mary Buchanan 30 Spinster Spamount William Buchanan Labourer William Funston