Behind The Scenes at The National Library of Ireland


Recently Janice Mann paid a visit to the GAS with a query about her Genoe ancestors from Co. Cavan. Like many visitors her primary goal was establishing the exact piece of land that her ancestors lived on.

She had already undertaken some stellar research, identifying the family in the townland of Seefin in parish records and on the Tithe Applotment Books under the variant spelling of ‘Jenno’.

Unfortunately the family were no longer resident in the townland at the time of Griffith’s Valuation, for which corresponding maps are available on, having she believed emigrated to Canada circa the mid-1830s.

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Fortunately a number of Estate papers including rentals survive for the area, held in both the NLI and National Archives, which we were able to guide her towards.

We also set her the task of cross-referencing the names and plots sizes on the Tithe with those of Griffith’s to see if a likely plot for the emigrated Genoe family could be identified.

Note: The Griffith’s Valuation maps are not linked to the images on FindmyPast so it is necessary to access them separately via the A-Z listing of records, available under the search tab, under the title; “Griffith’s Survey Maps & Plans, 1847-1864”. FindmyPast is the only online resource with contemporary maps for Griffith’s Valuation, other sites have maps from a later period for which the reference numbers may not directly correspond.

By Stephen Peirce,

Expert Researcher Eneclann

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