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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 at the end of the course material.

Be noted as well, that many of the source reference materials are available through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and many of these in this material have been super-scripted with FHL catalogue reference numbers to that collection. If you are not already familiar with the LDS Family History Library and their catalogue it is suggested that you become so as a great deal ofyour success with your research will be dependent upon use of their collection. For an online version of their collections catalogue please refer to their FamilySearch™ website: http://www.familysearch.org


Course Content

Module 1
 
Introduction
Overview of Land Tenure In Ireland
• Landholders
• Tenants
Brief History Of Land Tenure In Ireland
• Land Occupation to the Bronze Age
• The Celtic Invasions
• Brehon Laws to Irish Ownership and Succession
• English Land Tenure of Ireland
• Land Wars, Reforms and Regulations in Ireland
Suggestions for Further Reading
 

Module 2
 
Major Record Collections For Land Administration In Ireland
Land Deeds
• Value, Time Period and Historical Background
• General Description of Record Collection
• The Registration Process
• Repositories and Indexing
• Accessibility
Suggestions for Further Reading
 

Module 3
 
Property Valuation Records
• Value, Time Period and Historical Background
• General Description of Record Collection
• Tithe Applotment Survey Records
• Griffith's Primary Valuation of Tenements Survey
• Subsequent Irish Re-Valuations
Suggestions for Further Reading
 

Module 4
 
Case Study
• The Chapman-Thompson Investigation
Landed Estate Records
• Value, Time Period and Historical Background
• General Description of Record Collection
• The Search Process
• Repositories and Indexing
• Accessibility
Suggestions for Further Reading
 

Module 5
 
Encumbered Estate Records
• Value, Time Period and Historical Background
• General Description of Record Collection
• The Search Process
• Repositories and Indexing
• Accessibility
Suggestions for Further Reading
 

Module 6
 
Freehold Land Ownership Records
• Value, Time Period and Historical Background
• General Description of Record Collection
• The Search Process
• Repositories and Indexing
• Accessibility
Suggestions for Further Reading
 

Module 7
 
Miscellaneous Special Land Records
• Value, Time Period and Historical Background
• General Description of Record Collection
• The Search Process
• Repositories and Indexing
• Accessibility
Suggestions for Further Reading
 

Module 8
 
Land Commission Records
• Value, Time Period and Historical Background
• General Description of Record Collection
• The Search Process
• Repositories and Indexing
• Accessibility
 
Land Registry Office Records
• Value, Time Period and Historical Background
• General Description of Record Collection
• The Search Process
• Repositories and Indexing
• Accessibility
Suggestions for Further Reading
Concluding Comments
Major Archives & Repositories In Northern Ireland
Major Archives & Repositories In The Republic Of Ireland (Eire)
Bibliography
 
 

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