In case you haven’t heard yet we’ve recently partnered with the findmypast.co.uk team to bring you findmypast.ie. Launched with over 5 million records on the 5th of May 2011, findmypast.ie is aiming to become the world’s most comprehensive Irish family history website by adding another 40 million records over the coming months. The site provides easy-to-search, online access to some of the most significant Irish records that have ever been made available.
The records currently available on findmypast.ie are broken down into six categories:
· Vital records (BMDs)
· Censuses and substitutes
· Land and estates
· Military and rebellion
· Travel and migration
Within the land and estates section you will find one of the most significant record sets available on findmypast.ie, the Landed Estate Court Rentals(1850-1885). These represent one of the most valuable and under used sources for anyone engaged in Irish family history research. They contain over half a million names along with the following details useful to genealogists:
- Names of tenants: the particulars will also name all lives contracted for (usually three) and any of those names still alive at the time of the sale.
- Yearly rent in pounds, shillings and pence
- Day rent is due: labelled as “Gale days”
- Length of tenure
- Observations: this column which lays out the terms by which the land is rented often includes interesting insights into the plots of land and those who rented them. It was typical for a lease to be given for 21 years or three lives (named). The date of the original lease is often given along with any circumstances of note regarding the tenant or plot.
- Map Reference: The rentals usually include a map to situate the estate or lot in relation to the surrounding countryside, and often also a detailed map of the lot itself. In the case of urban property you will find a village or town plan.
- Size of plot: in acres, roods and perches
If you would like to explore findmypast.ie they have two affordable subscription options; 6 months for €37.95 or 12 months for €59.95 which provide access to the complete Ireland collection. They also offer two pay-per-view options for those who have identified the specific records needed to complete their family tree.
To celebrate this new partnership we’re offering our loyal Eneclann subscribers the chance to win a free 12 month subscription to findmypast.ie. To be in with a chance just send the answer this simple question to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Q. How many people worldwide have Irish ancestry? (Hint: you can find answer on the findmypast homepage)
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