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Irish: Electoral & Taxation Records
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A series of source records that tend to be less consulted, though significant, are electoral, poll, and tithe records. In Ireland these comprise such things as voters registers, hearth money rolls, poll tax rolls, land tithes, and subsidy rolls as well as many other taxation methods. The collection falls under two distinct series, each of which varies by period, and both of which will be discussed in this course. Though they tend to be less informative than some of the other record groups, electoral and taxation records establish presence, among other details, in a period where few other records exist by which to do so.

In addition, we will discuss records of public office, freemen, and freeholders. Though not restricted to this period, their understanding is imperative to pre-1700 research in Ireland. The course will discuss the value of these records and their challenges, a description of their contents, including the dates of coverage and types of persons included in their details, as well as a discussion on their availability, access to them in, and outside of, Ireland as well as brief lists of bibliographic and indexed sources to these collections.

A case study will be presented and examined.



Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
General Value In Taxation Records
Who Was Taxed?
General Types of Taxation
Land
Slaves
Livestock
Income-producing items
Luxuries
Solving Research Problems
Relative age
Occupation
Place of Residence
Name of Father
Physical Characteristics
Taxation Record Collections
Brief History of Irish Taxation Records
Records Under the English Feudal System (Pre-1661 AD)
Relief
Marriage
Wardships
References and Further Reading

Module 2
Taxation Record Collections
Brief History of Irish Taxation Records
Records Under the Post-Cromwell Period (Post-1661 AD)
Value of Irish Taxation Records
Challenges With Irish Taxation Records
References and Further Reading

Module 3
Taxation Record Collections
Description of Contents in Irish Taxation Records
Records Under the English Feudal System (Pre-1661 AD)
Records Under the Post-Cromwell Period (Post-1661 AD)
Dates of Coverage in Irish Taxation Records
Records Under the English Feudal System (Pre-1661 AD)
Records Under the Post-Cromwell Period (Post-1661 AD)
References and Further Reading

Module 4
Taxation Record Collections
Types of Persons Covered in Irish Taxation Records
Records Under the English Feudal System (Pre-1661 AD)
Records Under the Post-Cromwell Period (Post-1661 AD)
Availability of Irish Taxation Records
Records Under the English Feudal System (Pre-1661 AD)
Records Under the Post-Cromwell Period (Post-1661 AD)
Bibliographies' & Indexes to Irish Taxation Records
Records Under the English Feudal System (Pre-1661 AD)
Records Under the Post-Cromwell Period (Post-1661 AD)
References and Further Reading

Module 5
Electoral Record Collections
Brief History of Irish Electoral Records
Value of Irish Electoral Records
Challenges with Irish Electoral Records
Description of Contents in Irish Electoral Records
Freeholders' Registers
Freemen Records
Voters' Lists & Electoral Registers
Poll Books
Dates of Coverage in Irish Electoral Records
Freeholders' Registers
Freemen Records
Voters' Lists & Electoral Registers
Poll Books
References and Further Reading

Module 6
Electoral Record Collections
Types of Persons Covered in Irish Electoral Records
Freeholders' Registers
Freemen Records
Voters' Lists & Electoral Registers
Poll Books
Availability of Irish Electoral Records
Bibliographies and Indexes to Irish Electoral Records
Freeholders' Registers
Freemen Records
Voters' Lists & Electoral Registers
Poll Books
Concluding Comments
References and Further Reading

Module 7
The Chapman-Thompson Investigation
Case Study #4
The Chapman-Thompson Investigation
Exhibit A: General alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes and Baronies of Ireland
Exhibit B: " The Parishes of County Kerry"
Exhibit C: "The Baronies of County Kerry"
Exhibit D: "The Poor law Unions of County Kerry"
Exhibit E: General Valuation of Rateable Property in Ireland
Appendix A
Maps of Ireland
Appendix B
Major Roads Systems and County Seats Within Ireland
Appendix C
Other Important Irish Genealogy Websites
Appendix D
Other Important Irish Research Resources
Appendix E
Major Archives and Repositories in Northern Ireland
Appendix F
Major Archives and Repositories in the Republic of Ireland (EIRE)
Appendix G
Heritage Centres in Ireland
Appendix H
Irish Series Bibliography
 
 

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