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.