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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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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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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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DeVesci 1775
Small Sources 61: This is a list of 112 tenants from a ledger among the DeVesci Papers in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms. 34,492).  The index is  a long (approx 14 x 50cm) book (see picture above right) which  is listed in the NLI catalogue  as “a larger folio rent ledger for DeVesci ...
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Castlecrine
This is a list of 71 workers on the Butler estate in Castlecrine in the Civil Parish of Kilfinaghta, County Clare from 1842-49.  It is compiled from  pages of a series of weekly accounts of workers’ pay and duties (see example in Figure 1).  Some workers appear every week while others are listed only occasionally. ...
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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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Indian Meal
Small Sources 56: This is a list of 213 people who purchased Indian Meal from the  DeVesci Estate in the Civil Parish of Abbeyleix, Queen’s County (now Co. Laois) in July 1801. The background was that there were  significant food shortages in Ireland during this year.  Food prices had risen dramatically during the previous months, ...
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Small Sources No. 48.  This is a list of 78 labourers and tradesmen who worked on the Heywood Estate in Co. Laois (previously Queen’s County) in 1794. The estate is in the Civil Parish of Dysartgallen and Barony of Cullenagh. The document is a single large multi-column page headed ‘Abstract of accounts of labourers and Tradesmen ...
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