Rec­om­mended re­source

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Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle on Fam­i­lySearch in your Sum­mer is­sue, I dis­cov­ered last year the tran­scripts of me­mo­ri­als of deeds, con­veyances and wills, 1708– 1929, now ac­ces­si­ble via Fam­i­lySearch at bit.ly/fs-1708-1929. The images are brows­able only, and the in­dex to grantors and places is pretty ba­sic. The Ir­ish Ge­nealog­i­cal Re­search So­ci­ety is in the process of in­dex­ing the me­mo­ri­als, but progress is ex­tremely slow. I have down­loaded hun­dreds of me­mo­ri­als re­lat­ing to my an­ces­tors, which have ex­tended one branch back to the 1600s in Ire­land. The me­mo­ri­als pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on wills, mar­riages and land trans­ac­tions, and of­ten give price­less fam­ily in­for­ma­tion, list­ing chil­dren, spouses, sib­lings etc. The me­mo­ri­als re­late not just to wealthy peo­ple, although the very poor­est are prob­a­bly not go­ing to fea­ture. My an­ces­tors were ten­ant farm­ers, coop­ers, sad­dlers, shoe­mak­ers and chan­dlers, and seemed to be fairly busy leas­ing plots of land and mak­ing sure wid­ows and daugh­ters be­haved them­selves by re­strict­ing in­her­i­tances for ex­am­ple. Kay Mack­eogh, by email

Ed­i­tor replies: Thanks for high­light­ing this re­source Kay. You have in­spired us to fea­ture these records in more de­tail next month.

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