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A huge resource of family history information  is available in the journal articles,  books and manuscripts that have been written by genealogy enthusiasts and scholars over centuries. Flyleaf Press has just published a second edition of our listing of these family histories. It is called ‘Sources for Irish Family History – 2021’ and is available ...
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This blog contains information to support a  talk by Dr Jim Ryan on ‘Irish Church Records’.  The talk outlined the record-keeping practices, and current availability of records, for the major Irish churches, i.e. Roman Catholic,  Church of Ireland (Episcopalian or Anglican), Presbyterian, Methodist and Quaker. Over 98% of the population were members of one or ...
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Small Sources 69:  Estate papers are an intriguing mix of the myriad  documents generated by a  family and their staff in the management of their estate and its tenants, and in their own daily lives,  often over several generations.   The contents typically comprise  rentals, deeds, personal and business correspondence, staff records, maps and wills.  While ...
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DeVesci
Small Sources 68:  This is a list of 102 tenants and tradesmen employed by the DeVesci Estate in the Civil Parish of Abbeyleix, Queen’s County (Co. Laois) between 1786 and 1800. The names listed are all from the index to an account book which is among the DeVesci Papers in the National Library of Ireland ...
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1.  Introduction Finding the home place of your ancestor is central to finding the records they left behind. However, those new to Irish family research often find the nature of the land-divisions used,  and their names,  very confusing.  Even those who are experienced in Irish research often find difficulty in locating places identified in old ...
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Small Sources 67:   This is a rental containing 119 tenants of Arthur Lord Viscount Valentia’s estate in New Ross and Old Ross, Co. Wexford compiled in 1768.  The original document is in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms 8470 (9)). The detail provides, for each tenant, the rent due; and the lease details (see ...
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Small Sources No. 66.   This is a list of 94 tenants of the Pakenham-Mahon estate in Roscommon in the period 1810-1815.  All tenants have properties in Strokestown and neighbouring townlands,  and particularly in  Cloonslannor,  a neighbouring townland.  The original document is in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms. 5501).  It is one small item ...
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Registration of births, deaths and marriages in Ireland started in 1864 except for non-Catholic marriages which start in 1845. There are over 15.5 million records available on-line and they are a major resource for family history research.  A separate blog provides the details of the records that are available and how to access them.  However, ...
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Civil records of birth, marriage or death are the gold standard in proof of an event in an ancestor’s life, and certificates make a nice artefact in your collection. In Ireland, civil registration of births, deaths and marriages started in 1864,  except for non-Catholic marriages which start in 1845. Within the Republic of Ireland, the ...
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The notes below accompany an on-line presentation on ‘Catholic Church Records‘ given by Dr Jim Ryan of Ancestor Network  Ireland has historically been a predominantly Catholic country.  In the 1861 census 78% of Irish people were Catholic, and up to 95% of those in the provinces of Munster and Connaught.  However, the earliest (and very ...
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