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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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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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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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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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Durrow
Small Sources 66: This list contains 126 servants employed by the Flower estate at  Durrow, Co. Laois  (previously Queen’s County) from 1720 to 1748.     The records are on loose-leaf pages within the Flower Estate papers  in the National Library  of Ireland  (NLI Ms 11,461).    It can be presumed that there were also farm-hands ...
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Small Sources 26.  Evidence of women in Irish genealogical sources is unfortunately sparse, and those that do occur are often listed only as e.g. ‘Widow Murphy’. We list here 83 women receiving payments in 1827 for spinning and weaving of flax. The documents are in the  Bessborough papers in the National Library of Ireland Ms ...
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Small Sources 20:  These 33 people were tenants of Thomas Lenegan in Pudding Lane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary  in 1816/17.  This is one of the main streets in the town of Thurles and is marked with a red dot in the above map.   The street  has since been renamed as ‘O’Donovan Rossa Street’.  It is unclear if ...
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Boston
Imagine the situation. You arrive in America from Ireland intending to join a relative, but they have gone away, probably unaware of your impending arrival. What to do?
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