Moravian BDM records in Antrim, Northern Ireland

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    Does anyone know where you can get access to Moravian Church BDM records from Gracehill, Antrim, or Cootehill, Cavan Northern Ireland?

    My Arnolds were linked to the Moravian communities of Gracehill and Cootehill in Cavan in the 1800s. My 3 Great uncle the Rev Thomas Arnold mentions relatives in his Reminiscences, but sadly doesn't mention much in the way of actual names.
     
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    They appear to be held by PRONI - the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. According to one of their help sheets:

    Moravian Church records copied by PRONI include those of congregations at Gracehill, Kilwarlin, Ballinderry, Belfast and Dublin, most dating back to the mid-18th century. Permission to copy must be obtained from the Moravian Church. (PRONI ref MIC/1F and CR/9)

    You might also find this of interest: http://
    archives.li.man.ac.uk/ead/search?operation=search&fieldidx1=dc.subject&fieldrel1=exact&fieldcont1=moravians
     
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    Thanks for that, looks like I'm going to have to make a trip to the
    PRONI good excuse to go to Northern Ireland next year
     
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    I am sure that if you emailed them and explained that Australia is not exactly a bus ride away, they would be able to offer an alternative means of accessing the records.... :)
     
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    Actually I was planning to go the UK next year anyway (my Mum has never been so I thought I would show her the sights) and its a quick trip by ferry to Belfast. there is nothing like delving into archives in person
     
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    Very true. :)
     

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