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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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The skeleton of our family history is formed by the dates and names which we find in the major record sources.  Birth, marriage and death dates are the basic details on which every personal database is founded.  They are the important context from which we can derive other information, and also differentiate between the many ...
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Sligo roots
Small Sources 64:  This is a list of 84 tenants from the index to a rental among the Wynne Estate Papers in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms. 3312).  The Wynne estate was mainly in the Parish of Calry,  which is on the northern side of Lough Gill.  The document is a large leather-bound ...
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OHara Sligo
Small Sources 65: This is a list of 212 tenants from a rental ledger among the O’Hara Papers in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms. 36,318).  It is titled ‘A rental of Chas. O’Hara Esq’s Estate in the county of Sligo for the half-year ended 1st November 1796’.   The extensive O’Hara estate papers in ...
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Manulla
Small Sources 63:     This is a list of  95 tenants in several townlands in western Mayo in 1833.   Most of the properties are in adjoining townlands of the Civil parishes of Templemore, Manulla, Balla and Killedan,  which are just east of Castlebar .  A few are elsewhere in the county as indicated in ...
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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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Mayo 3
Flyleaf Press, the publishing arm of Ancestor Network, has published a third edition of its acclaimed guide to tracing families in County Mayo. It has been extensively revised and updated, in particular to include new on-line genealogy sources. The new edition is therefore filled with information on what the records contain, and how and where ...
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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. 34,429).  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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Genealogy
Small Sources No. 68.     This is a significant blog as it sets out the Catholic Church records of Rathangan, Co. Wexford for the period from December 1807 to September 1811.  The records for this parish which are already known to exist start in 1803,  but there are none between June 1806 and 1813.  These ...
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