Flyleaf Press, the publishing arm of Ancestor Network, has published a fourth edition of ‘Tracing your Dublin Ancestors’’ by James G Ryan and Brian Smith. The title is a comprehensive guide to all of the records available for tracing families in the city and county of Dublin and is filled with information on what the records contain, and how and where they can be accessed. This includes guidance on researching in the many archives in Dublin City. It is well illustrated with maps and with examples of the types of records to be found; and with other relevant background material. It also provides background on the social history of Dublin and how this history has affected the keeping and survival of records. There is also a comprehensive index. You can order it here.
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Small Sources 23: Here is a potentially useful list, but also a challenge for our readers. This list of 79 tradesmen was compiled for some purpose related to an election in Waterford sometime between 1826 and 1847. It is in a file of documents in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 15,028 (9)) entitled “Several hundred documents – petitions, resolutions, bills, lists of voters, etc., – in the Waterford election of .. 1826, the Tipperary election.., 1830, and..Waterford, 1847”. It lists 40 Cordwainers (shoemakers); 17 tailors, 15 carpenters and 7 chandlers. Research on those listed strongly points to it being from Waterford, and also that it was compiled in the late 1820s. Pigott’s Directory of 1824 lists some of the listed tradesmen in Waterford, while none are listed in other towns in the region. None of the names appear in Shearman’s Directory (1839) or Slater’s (1846). The list also has a column headed ‘son of’ with a few entries; and all are prefixed by a year and month. The years listed range from 1785 to 1824 but the vast majority are between 1801 and 1806. The year and month seem to have some relevance to the purpose of the list. It is possible that they may have had votes as guild members and that the dates are related to this. We would welcome any observations on possible purposes for this list. Also, can anyone make a connection to any of the persons listed?
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Small Source 22: This shows 59 residents of the village of Ballyporeen (Civil parish of Templetenny, Co. Tipperary) in 1840. They were tenants of the Kingston Estate and the original rental ledger is in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 3276). The ledger gives no information other than stating that these were tenants in the town, and providing details of rent and arrears. Read More
Small Sources 21. This is a list of labourers and tradesmen employed at Kilronan Castle, Co. Roscommon during the half-year ending 1st May 1846, when it was the estate of the Tenison family. The original document is in the National Library of Ireland (ref NLI Ms. 5101). The list shows the name; townland in which the person lived; rate of pay; number of days worked; sum due; amount paid; and a column for a signature and notes.
Celestine Murphy of Wexford Library has kindly provided an analysis of the place names listed in the Gorey baptisms in our last post. This confirms that the records are all for the Gorey area. the analysis below shows the place-name as it occurs in the record; the modern spelling; and the modern parish in which it is located. Read More
Small Sources 20: These 126 baptisms took place in Wexford (probably in the Gorey area) between 1783 and 1790. The originals are in the Franciscan Library, Killiney, Co. Dublin (Ms. C 104 – Baptisms). See www.franciscans.ie/friaries/killiney for more information on this archive. We thank the Franciscan order for access to their records and for permission to publish. Read More
Annie’s Letter, by Robert Burke (ISBN: 978-0-9539974-6-6 – details here) is the true story of a search for Burke and Collingwood ancestors based on a family letter. It is extraordinary for several reasons, not least of which is the wonderful variety of family members uncovered. Admirals, farmers, surgeons and priests; widows and émigrés; rebels and conservatives; Irish, English, New Zealander and American are all part of the rich family tapestry which is unfolded. But perhaps most extraordinary is the eerie mix of coincidence and chance which assisted the search. The story focuses on the Burke family of Mayo and their extensive connections with Collis, Creagh, Mullay, Blake, Kirwan, Browne, O’Mahony, Collingwood (including Admiral Collingwood who served in the British Navy alongside Nelson) and many others. The author was inspired by a letter written in about 1881 by his great-grandmother, Annie Goodwin Burke, giving various family details. The resulting 20 years of research led him to find ancestors in Ireland, UK, the West Indies, New Zealand and America. What sets it apart, however, are the anecdotes and extraordinary coincidences along the way. Read More
Small Sources 17. This document lists tenants of 57 holdings on the estates of Hon. Francis A. Prittie during March and May 1826. It lists 71 names as several are in joint tenancies. It indicates the townland, rent and arrears for each. Only the rent amount is shown here as an indication of the holding size. The list is among the ”Dunalley Papers, of the Prittie family Lords Dunalley, 1665-1937” in the National Library of Ireland; NLI Ms 29,808 (2). The holdings appear to be in 2 counties. Loughan or Loughane is in the Parish of Finglas, Co. Offaly close to the Prittie family home at Corville, which is just across the county border in Tipperary. Most of the remainder are in the area South of Nenagh, Co. Tipperary in the Civil parishes of Kilnaneave, Dolla and Ballynaclogh. Ballyandrew, which is the location of 19 tenancies, could not be found. There are townlands called Ballyandrew in Cork and Wexford. However, this property would appear to be in Tipperary, based on the family names. Does anyone have suggestions (noting that it might not be the name of a townland)? Read More
Small Sources 16: This list is of 26 persons who purchased flax seed from the Monteagle estate in the Shanagolden area of county Limerick in 1808. It is from the correspondence of Stephen Edward Rice and the original is in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms 605A). The heading on the list states that 124 pottles of flax seed were sold at 1 shilling 7 pence halfpenny per pottle on 15th May 1808. Read More