Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - ULSTER ANCESTORS -

If you can iden­tify the land­lord of your an­ces­tor in Ul­ster, you can start search­ing for es­tate records, which can in­clude leases and rent rolls dat­ing back to the 18th cen­tury.

Leases, which are much more preva­lent for Ul­ster ten­ants, can of­ten name sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing chil­dren who were cited as the ‘lives of the lease’. Rent rolls can demon­strate the con­tin­ued oc­cu­pancy of a prop­erty from the late 18th cen­tury and when prop­erty passed from one fam­ily mem­ber to an­other.

Es­tate records can be found in a va­ri­ety of lo­ca­tions, de­pend­ing on the an­ces­tral seat of the land­lord. The best place to start are the cat­a­logues for PRONI ( www.­dex/search_the_ ar­chives/ecat­a­logue.htm), the Na­tional Li­brary of Ire­land ( and the Landed Es­tates Data­base ( land­edestates. ie) all of which can be searched by sur­name and pla­ce­name.

Al­ways re­mem­ber to search un­der the ti­tle of the land­lord, such as Earl of Moira, as well as the fam­ily name.

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