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Ireland Resources / Link: The Down Survey of Ireland (1656 - 1658)
« on: Sunday 12 May 13 14:33 BST (UK)  »
The Down Survey of Ireland was carried out between about 1656 and 1658 to measure all the land to be forfeited by the Catholic Irish in order to facilitate its redistribution to Merchant Adventurers and English soldiers. The original survey was lost but details have been painstakingly reassembled from copies of portions of the survey gathered in libraries and archives throughout Ireland, Britain and France.

  Maps reveal owners of lands taken by Cromwell   (Irish Independent)

The survey details and maps, number of acres forfeited, names of landowners in 1641 and 1670 plus several other details  are available on a section of the Trinity College Website.

 see : The Down Survey of Ireland

(link updated to the official URL)

Ireland Resources / Link: Calendars of Wills & Administrations 1858-1920
« on: Wednesday 08 May 13 18:53 BST (UK)  »
A searchable database with images of the Calendars of Wills & Administrations 1858-1920 are now being uploaded to the National Archives website - see :

Dublin Resources & Offers / link: Dublin City Electoral Rolls - 1908
« on: Tuesday 26 February 13 18:02 GMT (UK)  »
Dublin City Council Electoral Rolls for 1908 are now available to search on the DublinHeritage / Pearse St. Library website. see :

Further electoral roll records covering 1898 to 1916 are due to be added soon.

Ireland Resources / Link: Wills for Irish Soldiers who died in WW1
« on: Thursday 08 November 12 15:40 GMT (UK)  »
Some new data on the the revised National Archives Genealogy website.

Wills of soldiers that died in the First World War, also includes some relating to those that died in the South African War (1899-1902).  Details up to 1917 are covered so far, later data is due to be added over the next few months.

see : Wills for Irish Soldiers who died in WW1 (NAI)

(thanks Ronoc)

any chance of a black and white tidy up ?

it's only 200dpi unfortunately ...

thank you


Dublin Resources & Offers / Link: Dublin Photographers Database
« on: Tuesday 18 September 12 20:14 BST (UK)  »
I'm working on a database of historic Dublin photographers, and thought I'd share the link to the prototype in case the details might assist with dating photos etc.

The database currently contains about 500 records between 1858 and 1958, and the initial interface allows searches for any part of the name and/or address. A minimum of three characters is required in a search field.

see :

Search by part name :

Search by Address :

or both :


Ireland Resources / Tithe Records NLI (updated - now online)
« on: Tuesday 21 August 12 19:33 BST (UK)  »
A few notes on viewing Tithe Records at the National Library of Ireland :

There's an index book to the Tithes in the Genealogy room - this contains an alphabetical list of all civil parishes covered. Example of an entry :

       Taney    1825       9/70    35

1825 is the year of that section, 9/70 is the Tithe reference and 35 is the film number you need. The films, along with the RC parish films, are in metal cabinets on the left in the room across from the Genealogy room. The Tithe films are located to the right of the rack. When you take the film you need, replace the blank slot with one of the 'in use' film boxes.

The records include similar details to Griffith's - i.e. occupier, area of land (which can be handy for cross-reference with Griffith's data), valuation etc, but without the Lessor. There are often comments about the type or quality of the land - e.g. 'good pasture', 'fine arable', 'some bog' etc. The layout varies a little - some parishes have more columns relating to the valuation over the left and right leaves, others just one set of entries per side - some extracts below. Note that Tithe records do not include towns and cities, and there are also many property exemptions.

The Film room has a number of microfilm machines - a good idea to 'claim' one as you arrive, in case it gets busy while you are finding your film references etc. There are also PCs with scanners and printing facilities, but these should not be used for searching, just for printing out entries after you have located them. Although it does mean you have to unspool your film on the viewer, reload on the scanner and find the details again, so it's a good idea to have some 'land marks' noted to help.

There are a number of parishes on each film and the TAB references (e.g. 9/70) are in order on the films and are included at the bottom of most pages to help navigate. There are also useful 'marker' pages consisting of a few horizontal white bars between each set of entries (e.g. between 32/10 Powerscourt, 32/11 Kilmacanogue and again before 32/12 Bray etc) which you can spot even in fast forward mode, and count your way forwards to the parish you need.

Pages printed are A4 and cost 10c each. There's a card machine in the film room - cards have 2 credit. They printer is in the Genealogy room. (The same PCs can be used to print entries from RC films).

There's also a useful combined index of Griffth's and the Tithes by Surname. There's a set of books by county, and the sections are listed by civil parish. Each surname that appears in either Griffth's and/or the Tithe's for the civil parish is listed. (no townland or first names are included). e.g.

    Dillon G4 T
    Walsh G4

this indicates that there were one or more Dillon listed for the parish in question in both Griffith's and the Tithes, but Walsh only appears in Griffith's entries.

Couple of complications I found that might be worth noting...

some townlands appear in different parishes to what you would expect based on Griffith's, the 1st Ed. OSI maps or 1851 townland index. I dont know how common this is but if this does occur then check neighbouring parishes - these will usually be on the same film.

Some films are spooled backwards - i.e. the first page you see reads 'end'. Makes for complicated mirror-image navigation.

and a minor point - some surnames have been 'tidied up' for the combined Griffith's/Tithes surnames index - e.g. some of my Wicklow ancestors often appear as Roach(e) - and appear like this in the Tithe records, but are listed as Roche in this index.


(images hosted on flickr)

Ireland Resources / NI Civil BMD Records
« on: Friday 13 July 12 11:42 BST (UK)  »
Interesting article on John Grenham's blog re NI Civil records being made available see : link

And details of the tendering process  : link

Ireland / Census 1901/1911 - Missing townlands or Streets
« on: Saturday 09 June 12 22:22 BST (UK)  »
Thread to document missing, or possibly missing, streets or townlands from the 1901 and or 1911 census returns. Reply to this thread with possible additions, and these will be added to the list.

Note the names of some townlands are mistranscribed, or recorded as variants, so may not be easy to locate.

The list could eventually help in correcting the census returns.

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