Step-by-step: Finding a deed memorial
We show you how to locate a deed memorial on FamilySearch
1 In this example, we will search for deeds involving the Montgomery family of Dundressan townland, Islandmagee, Co Antrim, in the early 19th century. On the FamilySearch catalogue listing, scroll down to the Land Index entry for Counties Antrim and Down 1811–1820, and click on the camera icon at the end.
2 A new page is presented showing the digital microfilm in thumbnail format. The first half of this volume concerns County Antrim, with the townlands arranged in alphabetical sections. We can scroll down the thumbnail pages to navigate or click on an individual image and move back and forth between pages.
3 In the section for townlands beginning with ‘D’, search for Dundressan. Note that townlands are not listed alphabetically, and may even appear more than once. An entry is soon found for Dundressan, with several deeds indexed for ‘Montgomery to McNeil’ – the first is indexed as v653, p158, no. 451752.
4 Record the details and return to the catalogue page. In scrolling down to the list of Deeds microfilms to search for the film carrying volume 653, it is soon located as film number 545082, and noted as containing both volumes 653 and 654 for the period 1812–1813. Click the camera icon.
5 Work through the microfilm to locate page 158, noted at the top of the page, being careful to search within the correct volume. Once found, the correct page will show the memorial number displayed in the margin beside the deed. The image can nowbe printed or saved to your computer.