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Does this Buzzard know it's on camera?

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Who We Are

Roe Valley Ancestral Researchers, a community organisation in the rural village of Ballykelly. Created in 2016 providing facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation, education and other leisure time by improving the life skills, historical environment for members; researching family genealogy and social history in the Roe Valley.

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Saving Farlow Woods
& Sampson's Tower

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Follow our Journey documenting the history of and saving
Farlow Woods & Sampson's Tower.

Image by Elizabeth Jamieson

Graveyard Databases

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At present our records comprise many of the Roe Valley graveyards with each graveyard listed having anything from 10 to 1000 photographs taken (depending on location and age of first burials).  A total of almost 70,000 photographs are held in our archives.

GDPR regulations within our Charity determines what we can, or cannot, release and so we ask that those wishing to research a family get in touch for support and advice.  

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Writers Club &
Culture Hub

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Enjoy listening to and reading stories from our local community.

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Flax Pulling in the Roe Valley

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The Roe Valley was a rich area for growing flax.  Visit this section to see some of the old mill locations as our researchers go back in time.


The Heritage Collection

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View our collection of Brochures.

Image by Chris Lawton

Reference Materials

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View and download our collection of reference materials when visiting
The Roe Valley.

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Volunteer Your Time


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Contact Us

32 Main Street, Ballykelly, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT49 9HS

02877 764 429

07565 659 444

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Legal Info


Company number NI665432

Charity number NI 107879

Private company limited by guarantee without share capital
Incorporated on 29 October 2019


Registered office address:

32 Main Street, Ballykelly, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT49 9HS

VAT Registration: GB351371420

Nature of business:

02100 - Silviculture and other forestry activities
85520 - Cultural education
91030 - Operation of historical sites and buildings and similar visitor attractions
96040 - Physical well-being activities

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