Irish Landed Estates

Natalie Bodle

Prior to the 20th century, the vast majority of Irish people lived in rural areas, leasing land and property from the landowners who owned large estates, some of which were thousands of acres in size. These estates, often managed by land agents, generated large amounts of records, a number of which are particularly useful for expanding the knowledge of your ancestors. If you have exhausted the civil registration and church records, these records could be very useful in providing further information about earlier generations who lived on an estate and where exactly they lived through records such as rentals, leases and estate maps. Other valuable documents within estate records include military muster rolls, correspondence, land agent notebooks, wage books, account books and emigration records, all of which have the potential to provide information about your ancestors. Following the Great Famine, many landlords fell into financial difficulty and the government established the Encumbered Estates Court which allowed for the sale of their estates. The records generated include information about tenants and their leases that often contain really valuable information to expand your family tree.

Fri, September 27 2024: 16:45 UTC

About the speaker

About the speaker

Natalie is a full-time professional genealogist, educator and tour guide and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).  A native of County Antrim, her company Roots Revealed is based in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Irel
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