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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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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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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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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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The skeleton of our family history is formed by the dates and names which we find in the major record sources.  Birth, marriage and death dates are the basic details on which every personal database is founded.  They are the important context from which we can derive other information, and also differentiate between the many ...
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Sligo roots
Small Sources 64:  This is a list of 84 tenants from the index to a rental among the Wynne Estate Papers in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms. 3312).  The Wynne estate was mainly in the Parish of Calry,  which is on the northern side of Lough Gill.  The document is a large leather-bound ...
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OHara Sligo
Small Sources 65: This is a list of 212 tenants from a rental ledger among the O’Hara Papers in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms. 36,318).  It is titled ‘A rental of Chas. O’Hara Esq’s Estate in the county of Sligo for the half-year ended 1st November 1796’.   The extensive O’Hara estate papers in ...
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Manulla
Small Sources 63:     This is a list of  95 tenants in several townlands in western Mayo in 1833.   Most of the properties are in adjoining townlands of the Civil parishes of Templemore, Manulla, Balla and Killedan,  which are just east of Castlebar .  A few are elsewhere in the county as indicated in ...
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