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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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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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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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Tom Coughlan Blog
Rental records are great sources for documenting actual family history – helping researchers understand the circumstances in which their ancestors lived.  But they have a secondary, if unintended, use as census substitutes. A comprehensive account of land rental records and their uses in family history research has been published on this site as ‘Rentals as ...
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50 Posts
We have just published our 50th ‘small sources’ blog.   The original idea for these arose because  occasionally in our research projects for clients we come across lists of names that are too small for the big indexing companies to put on line.   Yet these lists could be vital to someone’s research.   So we publish them ...
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Small Sources 49: The 150 persons named below were tenants of the Trench estate in the Civil parishes of Ballymacward, Kilconnel, Killaan and Killimordaly in the eastern part of county Galway in the period 1840-50. All were residents of one of 12 townlands: Caraholla, Caramore, Carrane, Carranebeg, Clonba, Cloonecalles, Cloonehinch, Cloonemorres, Creeva, Gortnaboha, Island Carrane, ...
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Small Sources 46: This rental is from the estate of the Earl of Drogheda in Monasterevin and Fonstown, Co. Kildare in 1772. The original is in the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 12,722) and the document images (created by Ancestor Network)  are reproduced through their courtesy.  Our article on rentals and their significance for family history is ...
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Small Sources No. 44. This is a list of 69 tenants on the Cloncurry estate  in the Civil Parish of Abington (Barony of Owneybeg) directly east of the City of Limerick. The original document is a rental in the National Library of Ireland (NLI Ms. 8183).   See our article here for a detailed account of ...
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