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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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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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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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O'Donel estate
This is a list of leases granted to 344 named tenants by the O'Donel estate in the Civil Parish of Cong, Co Mayo from 1790 to approximately 1815. Some tenants are parties to several leases so the total number of individuals involved is difficult to define precisely.
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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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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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Crosbie (1024x802)
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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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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