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This piece of work was researched and written by expert Genealogist, Hilary McDonagh When most people think of sports it is about playing, organising or supporting. But sports also generate records which can embellish the bare facts about our ancestors’ births and marriages.  Are these records in archives?  Sports Archives provide a unique source for ...
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This blog contains information to support a  talk by Dr Jim Ryan on ‘Irish Church Records’.  The talk outlined the record-keeping practices, and current availability of records, for the major Irish churches, i.e. Roman Catholic,  Church of Ireland (Episcopalian or Anglican), Presbyterian, Methodist and Quaker. Over 98% of the population were members of one or ...
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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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DeVesci
Small Sources 68:  This is a list of 102 tenants and tradesmen employed by the DeVesci Estate in the Civil Parish of Abbeyleix, Queen’s County (Co. Laois) between 1786 and 1800. The names listed are all from the index to an account book which is among the DeVesci Papers in the National Library of Ireland ...
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Small Sources 67:   This is a rental containing 119 tenants of Arthur Lord Viscount Valentia’s estate in New Ross and Old Ross, Co. Wexford compiled in 1768.  The original document is in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms 8470 (9)). The detail provides, for each tenant, the rent due; and the lease details (see ...
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Donraile
Small Sources 69:  This is a list of 100 tenants of Lord Doneraile on parts of his Cork and Waterford estates in 1765.  More specifically it lists 60 tenants on his estate in the Manor of Doneraile;   and a further 40 in his Kilmeaden estate, barony of Middlethird, Co. Waterford.    These rentals are among ...
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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 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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Small Sources 55:   Below is a list of 148 tenants in arrears to the Bellew estate in Galway in the years 1817-1820.   They are derived from several lists on loose pages among the Bellew papers in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms. 31,918). The Bellew family had extensive property in the parish of Moylough, ...
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Small Sources 47: This is a list of 94 tenants on the Trant estate in the area of Dovea in the Civil Parish of Loughmoe West, Co. Tipperary mainly in the period 1815-20.  Some accounts continue into the 1830s.    The rentals for these estates are included in the Trant Papers which are in the National Library of ...
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