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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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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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Small Sources 47: This is a list of 94 tenants on the Trant estate in the area of Dovea in the Civil Parish of Loughmoe West, Co. Tipperary mainly in the period 1815-20.  Some accounts continue into the 1830s.    The rentals for these estates are included in the Trant Papers which are in the National Library of ...
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kildare-fons-mon-1772
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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This article deals with rentals, a term also used in North America for hire cars,  but here referring to records of rent payments by tenants on Irish estates,  particularly during the 18th and 19th centuries.  They are a potentially valuable source of family history information that is often overlooked, mainly because very few are available  on-line.
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Small Sources 43.   This list of 124 tenants is from a rent book of the Lidwell estate in Co. Tipperary for the period 1829-30.  The document is in the National Library of Ireland  (NLI Mss. 9480) and is titled “Brown, of Clonboy, Papers. Rentals of Cormackstown and Clonmore, Co. Tipperary, the estate of Robert Lidwell, 1826-33′.  ...
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