Protes­tant note­book goes on­line

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A note­book that of­fers a vivid in­sight into the lives of Dublin’s Protes­tant com­mu­nity has been pub­lished on­line.

The Ir­ish Ge­nealog­i­cal Re­search So­ci­ety (IGRS) and Clon­tarf & Scots Pres­by­te­rian con­gre­ga­tion have digi­tised and pub­lished the Dublin Pres­by­te­rian Col­por­teur’s Note­book on­line at iris­hances­tors.ie, where it is avail­able for fam­ily his­to­ri­ans to ex­plore.

Com­pris­ing 227 pages, the hand­writ­ten doc­u­ment was cre­ated in 1875 by Wil­liam Malone, a religious book dis­trib­u­tor or ‘col­por­teur’ who was em­ployed by the Or­mond Quay Pres­by­te­rian con­gre­ga­tion. Over the course of 10 months, Malone jot­ted down de­tails of around 10,000 in­nercity Protes­tants, pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion such as oc­cu­pa­tion and ad­dress.

He also wrote about lo­cal liv­ing con­di­tions, com­ment­ing on the squalor that Dublin’s work­ing class res­i­dents had to en­dure at the time.

“This ma­jor new re­source fills a huge void left by the lack of 19th-cen­tury census records for Dublin,” said IGRS pres­i­dent Steven Smyrl.

“Many of the de­scen­dants of the fam­i­lies noted are no doubt scat­tered across the globe and this will en­able them to bring their re­search back an­other gen­er­a­tion or two and iden­tify where they came from.”

Ac­cess to the doc­u­ment scans is re­stricted to IGRS mem­bers, but an in­dex to the records is free to search.

The note­book con­tains a wealth of in­for­ma­tion about Dublin Protes­tants

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