Small Sources 18: This list of 131 tenants is from the index to a rental of the Woulfe & Mansfield estate in the period 1783–1811. The original is in the National Library of Ireland, NLI Ms. 9632. The Woulfe & Mansfield families had separate estates in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary (Woulfe) and Rathgormuck, Co. Waterford (Mansfield). See our article here for a detailed account of rentals and their relevance. Read More
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Small Sources 31: The Catholic records of Wexford in the early 1800s are particularly poor, mainly due to the destruction of Catholic churches by militia that followed the rebellion of 1798. However, records of 144 Catholic marriages from 1800-1807 in the Parish of Kilanerin have survived in a notebook in the Franciscan Library, Killiney, Co.Dublin (Ms.C104 – Marriages). Although a monastic order, the Franciscans were the parish clergy in this county (and therefore maintained the Birth and Marriage records) until the 1840s. For more information on this archive see www.franciscans.ie/friaries/killiney. Read More
Dublin, Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Following a competitive public tender process, Ancestor Network Ltd has been awarded the contract to support and assist the genealogy advisory service with the National Library of Ireland in 2018.
This is the 7th consecutive year that the National Library of Ireland has selected Ancestor Network to provide this unique genealogy service. Read More
The National Genealogical Society Quarterly recently published a review of our title ‘Finding your Ancestors in Kerry‘ by Kay Caball. The review, by Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann, kindly declares the book to be “..essential reading for any genealogist or family historian whose research focuses on (Kerry)…” and also goes on to say that ” This book, friendly and easy to read, would appeal to any beginner. Finding your Ancestors in Kerry also also covers enough ground to reveal documents of interest even to experienced genealogists“. It is available here. The book is a comprehensive guide to tracing ancestors in County Kerry. It describes all the various sources of family history information, where each of these can be accessed and how to best use them in your research. The people of Kerry have a rich history. Although very predominantly Gaelic, their origins include Normans, English, Danish Vikings, French Huguenots and German Palatines. All of these have contributed to the character of twentieth century Kerry.
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. Note that marriages from this parish are available in a separate blog (see here) which also gives further details on the background to these records. Read More
Who Do You Think You Are
Under the umbrella of WDYTYA, this year’s show was held for the third time at the NEC, Birmingham. It was a very busy show with visitors from all over the United Kingdom as well as some from Ireland. And because many people now living in the UK have Irish heritage, there was great interest in Irish genealogists who came to the show.
In addition to the big four genealogy companies, Family Search, My Heritage, Ancestry and Find My Past, there were many smaller specialist and niche area stands from with many parts of England and Wales.
This rent roll lists 25 tenants on the estate of William Tighe in 1825-26. The estate is in the parish of Kilteel, Co. Kildare but no further information is provided as to which townlands they occupied. William Tighe lived in Woodstock, Co. Wicklow and had estates in several counties. This was one of his smaller land-holdings.
The original rental is in the National Library of Ireland Ms. 872. Flyleaf Press publish ‘A Guide to Tracing your Kildare Ancestors’ which provides full information on ancestor-tracing in this county. Click here for further information.
Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals in these estate papers and elsewhere, and/or to obtain copies 0f the original. Click here and quote ‘Kildare SS12’ in the subject line.
Small Sources 9: The list below is of the County Carlow tenants of the LaTouche estate. These tenants are signatories to a letter of Sept 1856, sent to the Knight of Kerry, Peter Fitzgerald, requesting that he not sell the properties on which they held land. Peter Fitzgerald had apparently recently inherited the estate from Lt. Col. LaTouche, who was his uncle. The tenants, fearful of the possibility of a rapacious landlord, asked him not to sell the estate. As reasons, they cite the relationship they had developed with his uncle, and the improvements they had made to their properties at his behest. Our article describing estate management practices is available here. The letter, and a favourable reply, are in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 5948). Very unusually we have found photographs of several of these tenants as the same file also includes a scrap-book with photographs. Examples are above and below. These photographs are not directly associated with the letter, and would appear to be the work of Peter Fitzgerald, who had a personal interest in photography. It is not clear how or why he cam to have photographs of these tenants. It is noteworthy that the signatories are not all big farmers. Analysis of Griffith Valuation shows that their holdings vary from 18 to 225 acres and they are located mainly in the Civil Parish of Dunleckney, Co. Carlow. The photo above shows (left to right) tenants Patrick Kearney, Robert Kehoe, John Tenant and Terrence Byrne. The latter, for instance, held 76 acres in the townland of Ballywilliamroe. If you can make a connection with anyone on this list, we would be interested to hear, and we can also share the other photos. Those for which we have photos are indicated as (P) below. The images were created by Ancestor Network and are reproduced courtesy of the National Library of Ireland. In addition, Ancestor Network will offer 1 free hour of research by a professional researcher to conduct further research on these individuals or to obtain copies. Click here and quote ‘Carlow SS9’ in the subject line.