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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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The recently published report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes has shocked Ireland with the testimonies of hundreds of women who were victims of an unspeakably callous and judgmental society.  Yet, it is not really surprising; the story of Ireland’s mother and baby homes has been told by several brave individuals ...
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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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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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This article deals with rentals, a term also used in North America for hire cars,  but here referring to records of rent payments by tenants on Irish estates,  particularly during the 18th and 19th centuries.  They are a potentially valuable source of family history information that is often overlooked, mainly because very few are available  on-line.
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