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Archive & Genealogy Service

The Archive and Genealogical Service is part of Derry City Council’s Museums and Visitor Services. The service has responsibility for the preservation, interpretation and creation of access to the civic records of the Council and its predecessor, the Londonderry Corporation.

The collection constitutes an extremely valuable source of information both for the history of the City and the Council. The collections provide a comprehensive record of significant socio-economic and political development within the City from the latter half of the seventeenth century to the present day.

The extensive archive collection consists of minute books, legal documents, architectural drawings and plans and private collections. This material ranges from business collections, and items relating to industry, shirt factories, railways, political movements and social history. The Genealogical collections includes a database of over one million records including traditional family history records such as birth, marriage and death records.


Additional information


Research Application Form

Rules for Readers Form 

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm

Public access to the archive collection is presently by appointment only. Members of the public should note that whilst collections are in the process of being listed, they will be unavailable for consultation.



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