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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 at the virtual  ‘Really Useful Family History Show’  organised by the  Family History Federation  on 14 November 2020. Ireland has historically been a predominantly Catholic country.  In the 1861 census 78% of Irish people were Catholic, ...
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When we start researching, it seems like our family history will be a never-ending tapestry of people and events. New lineages spread out in all directions and exciting connections with history and with other families are discovered. The numbers of different lines of family which can be researched, and the diversity of their lives and ...
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This blog concerns the accounts of travellers  as a  background source in understanding how our ancestors lived.   While biographical data may establish that an ancestor lived in a certain place at a certain time, it is usually hard to imagine what life might have been like in that place at that time.  It would be ...
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