Friday, March 22, 2019

Ireland Land, Property and Estate Records

This course is being taught by David Rencher and Rick Sayres. 

The course is designed to address Irish genealogical research for both the landed and landless families in Ireland. When land records are meager, there are still methods to research the landless in the land records and the associated record fragments created from land use. Assembling this meager evidence provides the clearest picture possible for an Irish family in the 17th to 20th centuries.

Course Outline:

The following topics will be covered over the course of the week:

·       Introduction to Irish Land Records – This session introduces early Irish land law, plantation settlement schemes, the relevant Irish Statutes, Irish Land Commission, the Quit Rent Office, the Land Registry, Registry of Deeds and the Landed Estates Court.

·       Valuation and Tithe Records – An introduction to the various pre and post publication records of the Valuation Office, including the Field, House, Perambulation, Tenure, Quarto, Rent, Mill, Map, and Revision (Cancel) Books.

·       Chasing the Poor and the Landless – The records of the Irish poor are voluminous, but scattered throughout Ireland and England. This session helps you identify appropriate record groups; employ sound strategies; and analyze the records for success.

·      Irish Mapping Tools – Understanding place is fundamental to Irish research. Maps are one of our key tools. This session describes the essential mapping resources needed to research in Ireland. The discussion will include Ordnance Survey maps, valuation maps, and modern GIS tools. Examples of correlation with other information will be demonstrated.

·      Ireland’s Registry of Deeds – A rich source of information for tracing the landed families of Ireland and in many instances, their tenants. Learn about the various major categories of deeds, including sales/conveyances, leases, mortgages, Bills of Discovery, Marriage Settlements and Wills in the registry.

·      Ireland’s Estate Records – Considered the next best source after parish records, the estate records bridge between direct and indirect evidence of relationships and parentage. Discover Ireland’s principle underutilized record collection for Irish genealogy.

·      Reconstructing the Neighborhood for Rural Dwellers – This is a two-hour hands-on workshop to reconstruct and identify the land boundaries for rural Ireland.

·      Reconstructing the Neighborhood for City Dwellers – This is a two-hour hands-on workshop to reconstruct and identify the property boundaries for city dwellers.

·      Plantation and Settlement of 17th Century Ulster – Learn about the confiscation and resettlement of Irish land, the London Companies, the Scottish Connection, Adventurers and Discovers and the effect that migration and emigration had on the people of Northern Ireland.

·       Encumbered Estates Court – The Great Famine brought with it devastation not only in terms of the loss of life and the effects of emigration, but a severe economic crisis on the owners of the great landed estates of Ireland. This session identifies the records and methodology for the post-famine time period.

·       Land Records in the Courts of Law – Disputes over land filled the courts throughout the British Isles. Ireland was no different except with the destruction of many of the court records, the research strategies allow you to follow a different path.

·       Getting it all in Ireland (Sayre)– A case study of mining all the available information in Ireland. Despite significant record loss, there exist an amazing amount of records including Griffith’s Valuation Rolls


David Rencher is employed as the Director, Family History Library and Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a B.A. in Family and Local History. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited Genealogist® with ICAPGen in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He serves as the Irish course coordinator and instructor for the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and the British Institute. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Utah Genealogical Association. David is a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London, and is currently an instructor for the British Institute where he also serves as a Trustee of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History. He currently serves as the VP of Development on the Board of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Rick Sayre

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a long-time researcher and instructor in genealogical topics. He coordinates or co-coordinates a variety of courses at the national institutes (GRIP and SLIG) dealing with land, researching in Washington, D.C. and the law. He also instructs in Advanced Methodology, Techniques and Technology, and Advanced Military courses. His areas of expertise encompass records of the National Archives, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, including military records, land records, using maps in genealogy, urban research, Irish research, and government documents. Rick is experienced in the localities of western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Ireland. Rick is also the president of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists.

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