Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Now on sale - Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records

So, I've had a little surprise this morning, in discovering that Pen and Sword has brought forward by ten days the publication of my next book, Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records, which is now available for sale at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Ancestors-Through-Land-Records-Paperback/p/19283. Here's the back cover blurb!

The history of Ireland is one that was long dominated by the question of land ownership, with complex and often distressing tales over the centuries of dispossession and colonisation, religious tensions, absentee landlordism, subsistence farming, and considerably more to sadden the heart. Yet with the destruction of much of Ireland's historic record during the Irish Civil War, and with the discriminatory Penal Laws in place in earlier times, it is often within land records that we can find evidence of our ancestors' existence, in some cases the only evidence, where the relevant vital records for an area may never have been kept or may not have survived.

In Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records, genealogist and best-selling author Chris Paton explores how the surviving records can help with our ancestral research, but also tell the stories of the communities from within which our ancestors emerged. He explores the often controversial history of ownership of land across the island, the rights granted to those who held estates and the plights of the dispossessed, and identifies the various surviving records which can help to tease out the stories of many of Ireland's forgotten generations.

Along the way Chris Paton identifies the various ways to access the records, whether in Ireland's many archives, local and national, and increasingly through a variety of online platforms.

The following are the chapter headings:



1.    The Lie of the Land
        National Archives of Ireland
        Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
        The National Archives (UK)
        National Library of Ireland
        Local archives, libraries and museums
        Valuation Office
        Property Registration Authority
        Land and Property Services
        Irish Manuscripts Commission
        Irish Architectural Archive
        Other heritage services
        Gateway websites
        Commercial websites
        Family history and local studies societies
        Professional genealogists       
        Ye don’t ask, ye don’t get!

2.     A Brief History
        Gaels, Vikings and the Old English
        The Tudor Conquest
        The Plantations of Ulster
        A war in three kingdoms
        Rebellion, union and more rebellion
        The Land War and reform
        The partitioned island

3.    Boundaries and Administration
        The island of Ireland
        Provinces and counties
        Counties corporate and county boroughs
        Charter towns and boroughs
        Baronies and civil parishes
        Other historic land divisions
        Poor Law Unions and District Electoral Divisions
        Civil registration
        Converting administrative units
        Religious parishes, dioceses and ecclesiastical provinces
        Manors and demesnes
        Grand Juries
        Units of measurement

4.     Where Were They?
        Vital records
        The 1813 census
        Decennial census records (1821-1851)
        Census extracts for Old Age Pension applications
        Decennial census records (1861-1891)
        Decennial census records (1901-1911)
        Subsequent censuses
        Census reports
        1939 National Identity Register (Northern Ireland)
        Earlier censuses
        Early taxation
        Ecclesiastical censuses
        Street directories
        Electoral records

5.    Valuation Surveys
        The Down Survey of Ireland
        Tithe records
        Townland Valuation
        Valuation field work
        Tenement Valuation (Griffith's Valuation)
        Valuation appeals
        Valuation Revision Books / Cancelled Land Books
6.    Tenancy and Ownership
        Estate records
        Rental records
        Estate maps
        The Quit Rent Office
        Manorial records
        Inheritance laws
        Probate records
        Finding Pre-1858 probate records
        Post-1857 probate records
        The Registry of Deeds
        Landowners in Ireland 1876
        Irish Land Commission
        The Land Registry
        Church land commissions

7.    A Sense of Place   
        Irish Historic Towns Atlas
        Ordnance Survey maps   
        Ordnance Survey Memoirs
        Gazetteers, journals and parish histories

8.    Further Reading

9.    Index

Just for good measure, Pen and Sword has also just posted the book's first review, which is short and sweet, but to the point!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What a wonderful, well-researched resource for anyone wanting to trace your Irish roots! Chris Paton’s Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is a wealth of information all in one place! A book I will return to again and again to help me on my journey to find my Irish ancestors!

NetGalley, Jamie Lovett

I've enjoyed writing this, and it also marks a personal milestone for me, in that this is my twentieth publication over the last decade. I sincerely hope it helps with your Irish research. Due to the pandemic, this title was actually pulled forward, as I had enough material to hand to write this during the various lockdowns - the next title I will be working on, which was pushed back in my schedule, will also concentrate on Ireland, specifically Northern Ireland, and one of the greatest cities on Earth - but more on that in due course!



My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

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