Ballycarry DNA Group Project

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Date: About 1650 to about 1911
Location: Ballycarry, Templecorran, County Antrim, Northern Irelandmap
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The aim of the project is to explore the connections between people who are the descendants of those who lived in the historic North of Ireland village of Ballycarry, which has strong Scottish connections and a number of families that have lived in the district for generations. By testing people with known connections to the original families we will be able to confirm connections going back many generations, in many instances going beyond paper records.

We are working with the local community association and have gathered together a team with a lot of experience in carrying out family history research and interpreting DNA test results which will analyze the results and handle queries from matches. The project will allow individuals around the world to identify that they have ancestors from Ballycarry with benefits for tourism, increasing community cohesiveness, and benefiting generations to come as information is identified and made available for further research.


The project covers DNA test takers who have ancestors from the parish of Templecorran which includes the village of Ballycarry. There may be testers who have DNA connections outside the primary geographic area who match to those in Ballycarry but they are excluded from the project unless they match on a Templecorran line.

It is a parallel project to the Islandmagee DNA Group Project which covers the Islandmagee parish and as the two parishes are adjacent to each other there is some overlap between the families.

The parish of Templecorran consists of 11 townlands:

  • Aldfreck
  • Ballycarry North West
  • Bentra
  • Black Hill
  • Carnbrock
  • Forthill
  • Knocknagulliagh
  • Lockstown
  • Redhall
  • South West Ballycarry
  • Whitehead


The main surnames to be found in the area include:


There are many more surnames in the parish from the twentieth and twenty first centuries but these are surnames found in records from the early 1800s right through to the mid 1900s. Surnames in bold indicate surnames for which we have DNA from our test takers.

Project Links

  • Group Project on FTDNA - This is a link to the main project page on Family Tree DNA. If you want to join the project transfer your DNA results to FTDNA, make sure you are logged into your account and click on 'Join'. If you have tested elsewhere, instructions on how to transfer to FTDNA can be found here You must have ancestors from Ballycarry to join the project. If you want to contact us to discuss, email us at
  • Category:Ballycarry DNA Group Project - This is a link to the ancestors of our test takers. As living people, you will not have access to the details of our test takers (they have black dots against them) but you will be able to see sourced information about their ancestors.
  • Category:Ballycarry, County Antrim - This is a link to profiles of people who were born or died in Ballycarry. We are aiming to collect DNA from the descendants of these people.
  • Category:Templecorran Graveyard, Ballycarry, Antrim - This is a link to people buried in Templecorran Graveyard. This is an historic graveyard in the village of Ballycarry. The graveyard has been used by all denominations but Presbyterians predominate, it being the resting place of Scottish settlers and their descendants who came to the area from the early 1600s.

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