Flyleaf Press, the publishing arm of Ancestor Network, will launch its new title “A guide to Tracing your Tipperary Ancestors” By Noreen Higgins-McHugh in the Tipperary Excel Centre, Mitchell Street, Tipperary Town on Thursday, 13th December 2018 at 7.30 PM.
The formal launch will be conducted by Des Murnane, President of Tipperary Historical Society. The title is a comprehensive guide to all of the records available for tracing families in County Tipperary. If you are interested to attend, please contact us at jim.ryan (at ) flyleaf.ie.
Small Sources 37: This document is formally titled a ‘List of the tenants of H.K. Grogan Morgan Esq. who were supplied with turnip seed etc and the quantity given to each’. It lists 32 tenants in 17 townlands in south Wexford, particularly in the civil parishes of Newbawn, Horetown and Kilturk. The year 1846 was the height of the Great Famine, and it would appear that the tenants were being provided with seeds of alternate food crops to the potato, whose failure (due to blight) was the direct cause of the famine. The seeds provided were turnip (otherwise Swede or Rutabaga), mangold or mangel-wurzel, carrot and parsnip. The original document is in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 11,108) and is among the Papers of the Grogan Morgan estate. In 1846 Hamilton Knox Grogan-Morgan was an extensive land-owner in Wexford, Waterford and Cork. He lived in Johnstown Castle in Wexford, which is now an Agricultural research Centre run by the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority. The Castle and its gardens are open to visitors and also house an agricultural museum as well as the research centre.
To celebrate Black Friday, Ancestor Network, Ireland’s leading provider of genealogy and family history research, is offering a 10% discount on all Irish research projects between now through Friday, December 7th 2018. Read More
Small Sources 35: Below is a list of 114 workmen and traders serving the Fitzwilliam estate, Co. Wicklow in the period 1796 – 1805. The original ledger, which is in the National Library of Ireland (Ref. NLI Ms. 4949) records payments to workmen on the Fitzwilliam Estate at Coolatin over the period 1796 to 1805. Read More
Small Sources 34. This is a list of 59 boys and 21 girls attending Townavilly (alias Tawnawully or Tawnawilly) tenantry school in 1st May 1849. The lists are among the papers of the Commissioners of Education in Ireland, which are in the National Library of Ireland – Ms 17,960 (3). The Commissioners were set up in 1813 to manage ‘endowed’ schools, i.e. those that were funded by means of rent from lands they owned. A small number of schools owned such estates, either as a result of charitable donations, or ancient land-grants from the crown. One such was Raphoe Royal School, originally established in Donegal town in 1618, but moved to Raphoe in the 1680s. Read More
Flyleaf Press have published ‘Tracing your Leitrim Ancestors’ by Tom Coughlan. It is a comprehensive guide to research on the families of county Leitrim, Ireland. It sets out the records available, where they can be accessed both on-line and in archives, and how the available records can be used to best effect in genealogical or family history research. It is fully indexed, richly illustrated with examples of the records available, and contains links to a wide range of on-line resources. It can by purchased from here. Read More
Small Sources 33: This is a small rental of the O’Brien estate in Newmarket Town and surrounding townlands in County Clare in 1738. The original is a small soft-cover rental document in the Inchiquin Papers which are in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms 14,431). See our article here for a detailed account of rentals and their relevance. This rental lists tenant’s name; denomination (i.e. the property rented); the rent for half-year ending November 1738; receipts; and allowances. As is not uncommon in rentals, some receipts are made up of several payments, and some of these are credits for payments made by the tenant for work or supplies. Although only 17 properties are listed, the document refers to 27 persons. The additional people are those referenced in the payments made by the tenants which are credited as part-payment of the rent. Presumably these payments were due to be made by the landlord (Sir Edward O’Brien) but were made by the tenant on his behalf. The denomination or property is indicated in brackets below. Tenement in this context is another word for ‘holding’ and does not have the modern meaning. Read More
Just a reminder that we have posted over 30 blogs with original records not otherwise available on-line. These are in our ‘Small Sources’ series which lists almost 3,400 individuals from 12 counties. These lists are items we have found among manuscript sources during our research. Most are too small to be included in the big data-sets being put on-line by the major companies, but must nevertheless be useful to some of you out there. Read More
Small Sources 32: Below is a list of 18 tenants of the Colclough estate in the townlands of Curraduff (probably the townland now spelt Coorduff) and Ballycreen (also called Boolycreen or Boolygreen) in the parish of St Mary’s Newtownbarry, Co. Wexford. Read More
If you think Irish research is already too complicated, look away now! As you are aware, on-line access to the 1901 and 1911 census returns has been one of the great developments in Irish genealogy. However, perhaps you are one of those who have not been able to find your family on the census? Read More
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