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Irish: Land Administration Records
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Often genealogists get frustrated with land and deed records because of the difficulty in their access and use. In addition, they fail to understand their indirect overall significance which is one of correlating and connecting members of family groups, pre-emigration identity, as well as parentage and origins of the emigrant.

This course will discuss these issues and others of value in the use of this record group which begins primarily from, though not restricted to, 1708 in Ireland; the historical background of land tenure in Ireland; the general contents of these records and their availability; as well as strategies for effectively researching and accessing this record collection.

Our journey will look at deeds, valuation surveys, records involving landed estates and encumbered estates, freehold records, land commission and registry records, as well as some special collections that exist though not easily or readily accessed, and some wonderful collections that precede 1708 dating from as early as the 12th century. Several examples will be discussed in detail; as well, an in-depth case study will be examined.

Many of the sources referenced are available through FamilySearch. If you are not already familiar with the FamilySearch website or the FamilySearch Catalog, it is suggested that you become so as a great deal of your success with your research will be dependent upon use of their collections.


Course Content

Module 1
Irish Land Records
 
Introduction
Brief History Of Land Tenure
Land Wars, Reforms and Regulations
Suggested Reading
 

Module 2
Finding The Land
 
Finding Your Ancestor’s Townland or Location
Identifying Civil & Ecclesiastical Divisions
Challenges with Locating Placenames
Conclusion
Suggested Reading
 

Module 3
Land Deeds
 
Value, Time Period and Historical Background
General Description of Record Collection
Repositories and Indexing
Accessibility
Suggested Reading
 

Module 4
Property Valuation Records
 
Value, Time Period and Historical Background
 
General Description of Record Collection
• Tithe Applotment Survey Records
• Tithe Defaulters List
• Griffith’s Primary Valuation of Tenements Survey
• Previous Valuations
• Subsequent Land Re-Valuations
 
Suggested Reading
 

Module 5
Landed Estate Records
 
Value, Time Period and Historical Background
General Description of Record Collection
Search Process
Repositories and Indexing
Accessibility
Suggested Reading
 
Case Study
The Chapman-Thompson Investigation
 

Module 6
Encumbered Estate Records
 
Value, Time Period and Historical Background
General Description of Record Collection
Search Process
Repositories and Indexing
Accessibility
Suggested Reading
 

Module 7
Freehold Land Ownership Records
 
Value, Time Period and Historical Background
General Description of Record Collection
Search Process
Repositories and Indexing
Accessibility
Suggested Reading
 

Module 8
Miscellaneous Special Land Records
 
Value, Time Period and Historical Background
General Description of Record Collection
Search Process
Repositories and Indexing
Accessibility
Suggested Reading
 
Land Commission & Registry Records
 
Land Commission Records
• Value, Time Period and Historical Background
• General Description of Record Collection
• Search Process
• Repositories and Indexing
• Accessibility
 
Land Registry Office Records
• Value, Time Period and Historical Background
• General Description of Record Collection
• Search Process
• Repositories and Indexing
• Accessibility
 
Suggested Reading
Concluding Comments
 

Bibliography
 
 
 

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