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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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Small Sources No. 60: This is a list of 109 tenants of the Crosbie Estate in North Kerry for the period 1805-1812. The original document is in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms. 5033).  It is a ledger which, in addition to the index below, also contains the details of tenants’ accounts.  These are ...
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Small Sources No. 57:  This is a list of 240 tenants from the index to a rental of the Sandes Estate in North Kerry for the period 1797 to 1828. The original document is in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms. 1792).  It is a large ledger which, in addition to the index below,  ...
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50 Posts
We have just published our 50th ‘small sources’ blog.   The original idea for these arose because  occasionally in our research projects for clients we come across lists of names that are too small for the big indexing companies to put on line.   Yet these lists could be vital to someone’s research.   So we publish them ...
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The relative shortage of Irish sources makes every record linking a name to a place useful. One of the obscure sources which can be used are the Grand Jury Presentments. Grand Juries were the forerunners of the modern County Councils. They were a panel of major landowners established in each county to make decisions on ...
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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 ...
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Small Sources 11:    This document lists ~100 tenants in the area of Listowel,  Co. Kerry in 1755. It is among the papers of the Earl of Listowel but the property may then have been owned by the Knight of Kerry.  It lists the property name (all appear to be townland names) and the rents ...
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The list below  are the signatories to a letter of 1828 petitioning Daniel O’Connell (local lawyer and politician, and leader of the Catholic Emancipation movement – see here) to represent the tenants of Sliebheena (near Castleisland, Co. Kerry) in a legal action to resist their eviction from their homes.  An extract reads “the glaringness of ...
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Small Sources 2:  This is a list of 39 schoolchildren in Tarbert, Co. Kerry in 1809.  The original is in the National Library of Ireland among the Dr. Michael Quane Papers (Ms. 17,935) which are titled  ‘Letters and papers of Commissioners of Education in Ireland relating to Erasmus Smith foundations’.   The document is a single page headed  ‘A ...
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