Previous to the establishment of the Irish Public Records Office (PRO), by an 1867 statute (30 & 31 Vict., c. 70), Ireland's public records were located in a variety of repositories throughout the country. Many of the records were perilously stored in unsuitable conditions, and on the opening of the PRO, records were progressively transferred to the new repository, for safe keeping. Each year, between 1869 and 1920 (and less frequently thereafter), the Office published an annual report, known as the Deputy Keeper's Report, which detailed the records received, and the work undertaken, during the previous twelve months. Though little known, these reports can contain useful source material for the historical researcher. Although the reports were usually brief, they often contained copious appendices, which can be especially useful. This is particularly the case, bearing in mind the destruction of the PRO during the Irish Civil War, so the Deputy Keeper's reports now often represent the only record of lost primary source material.
Some of the more useful of these reports for the genealogist or local historian are the volumes which contain indexes to the Grant Books and original wills of the Dublin diocesan court. That diocese is very expansive, covering all of County Dublin, most of County Wicklow, large stretches of east and south Kildare, and lesser parts of Counties Carlow, Queen's and Wexford. Previous to 1858 (20 & 21 Vict., c. 79), responsibility for testamentary jurisdiction (adjudication on disputes regarding succession and matrimony) lay with the Anglican ecclesiastical authorities, and, hence, items such as wills, probate issues, and marriage licences and bonds had to be registered with each diocese's Consitorial Court. Once registered with the court, the will or bond was indexed, since it might subsequently be required, in the event of a dispute. With the increased interest in genealogy during the latter half of the nineteenth century, these various copious indexes attracted the attention of researchers, and many were published. Indexes to the Dublin Grant Books were published in more than 2,200 pages, in appendices to two volumes of the Deputy Keeper's reports, with one appendix (vol. xxvi) covering the period before 1799, and the other appendix covering the post-1800 period (vol. xxx). When the pre-1800 index was being prepared, some of the original manuscripts were missing, so that index was part-compiled from a previously-made transcription. Later, the original manuscripts were located, and corrections to the pre-1800 index were subsequently published (vol. xxxi, pp 39-82). In total, the combined indexes contain more than 125,000 entries, and even more names.
The indexes are presented in a convenient, four-column format, although the data in the fourth column is now superfluous. The first column, ordered alphabetically, by surname, contains details of the name and address of the person(s) named in the record, and often also contains ancillary information, including, usefully, occupations. The second column records the year in which the record was registered with the Court, and the third column indicates the nature of the record. Users are advised that an explanation of the contractions used in the third column is provided in the brief introduction to both indexes, and it is strongly advised that the introduction to either index is read before the source is used. Although the data presented in the indexes is limited, the lists have an added significance for the genealogist or social historian, because most of the original records were located in the PRO in 1922, and were consequently lost. Thus, these indexes now represent the only record of events which could otherwise not now be identifiable.
These indexes are now being made available in electronic format for the first time. Three CDs are available. One contains the pre-1800 index and the subsequent corrections (appendices to vols xxvi and xxxi), and a second contains the data from 1800 to 1858 (appendix to vol. xxx). The third CD contains the complete set of indexes, running from c. 1634 to 1858, and also includes the corrections to the pre-1800 data. Although the data is alphabetically presented, and is easily navigable, this publication has been made fully searchable, as an added convenience for the user. These CDs are highly recommended for researchers who are involved either in genealogical/family-history research or in studying the social history of Dublin, and east Ireland.
This title contains all the indexes up to 1858, to order the specific volumes (1634-1799 or 1800-1858), please see Wills page.
The Deputy Keeper's reports of the Irish Public Records Office (PRO), published annually between 1869 and 1920 (and less frequently thereafter), detail the work undertaken by the Office during the preceding twelve months. Among the more useful of these reports are the volumes that contain indexes to Grant Books of the Dublin diocesan court. Previous to 1858, responsibility for such issues as succession and matrimony lay with the ecclesiastical authorities, and wills and marriage requests had to be registered with the various dioceses. During the nineteenth century many of these indexes were published, including the Dublin index, which appeared in two volumes of the Deputy Keeper's reports. Running to more than 1,100 pages, the first publication principally covers the period between 1634 and 1799. Errata for the pre 1800 period were subsequently presented in another volume of the reports.
Electronic versions of these records are now being made available for the first time. Researchers focussing on Dublin or its surrounds will find this fully searchable source an invaluable aid in their explorations.
Purchase this title and the 1800-1858 index for only €33.02 (excluding VAT)
The Deputy Keeper's reports of the Irish Public Records Office (PRO), published annually between 1869 and 1920 (and less frequently thereafter), detail the work undertaken by the Office during the preceding twelve months. Among the more useful of these reports are the volumes that contain indexes to Grant Books of the Dublin diocesan court. Previous to 1858, responsibility for such issues as succession and matrimony lay with the ecclesiastical authorities, and wills and marriage requests had to be registered with the various dioceses. During the nineteenth century many of these indexes were published, including the Dublin index, which appeared in two volumes of the Deputy Keeper's reports. Running to more than 1,100 pages, this second publication covers the period from 1800 until 1858, when responsibility for these concerns was transferred to the new Probate Court.
Purchase this title and the 1634-1799 index for only €33.02 (excluding VAT)
This series of five volumes was compiled from the existing finding aids at the Public Record Office in Dublin, and published between 1909 and 1920. They contain entries for over 30,000 wills for most of the diocesan consistorial courts of Ireland up to 1800, and many up to 1858 when the administration of wills and probate was removed from church control to the state. Each entry records the testator's name, address and year of probate, as well as frequent reference to social status or occupation. The first two volumes were compiled by William Phillimore Watts. After his death in 1913 the tireless Irish genealogist Gertrude Thrift continued the work. The series was cut short by the destruction of the PRO in 1922.
But given that the vast majority of the original wills were destroyed in 1922, this index is an essential resource for research. While the books were republished some years ago, they have been out of print for some time. The set reproduced here comes from the Library at Trinity College Dublin, and the publication contains high quality images of all 868 pages, which are fully searchable.
The following is a list of diocese covered by these volumes, with the covering dates. We have also listed the counties which are covered by these diocese, with the principal county or counties listed first.
* Ossory, 1536-1800, Cos. Kilkenny, Laois (Queen's)
* Leighlin, 1652-1800, Cos. Carlow, Laois (Queen's), Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow
* Ferns, 1601-1800, Cos. Wexford, Carlow, Wicklow
* Kildare, 1661-1800, Cos. Kildare, Laois (Queen's), Offaly (King's), Wicklow
* Cork & Ross, 1548-1800, Cos. Cork, Kerry
* Cloyne, 1621-1800, Cos. Cork, Limerick, Waterford
* Cashel & Emly, 1618-1800, Cos. Tipperary, Kilkenny, Limerick
* Waterford & Lismore, 1645-1800, Cos. Waterford, Cork, Tipperary
* Killaloe & Kilfenora, 1653-1800, Cos. Clare, Tipperary, Laois (Queen's), Limerick
* Limerick, 1615-1800, Cos. Limerick, Clare, Cork, Kerry
* Ardfert & Aghadoe, 1690-1800, Cos. Kerry, Cork
* Dromore, 1678-1858, Cos. Down, Antrim, Armagh
* Exempt Jurisdictions of Newry & Mourne, 1727-1858, Cos. Down, Armagh
* Derry, 1612-1858, Cos. Derry, Antrim, Donegal, Tyrone
* Rahoe, 1684-1858, Cos. Donegal
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This important book is well known to Irish genealogists. It contains an index to over 40,000 Irish wills, most of which were destroyed in the 1922 explosion at the Public Record Office in Dublin. As a consequence this book is especially important as the only surviving evidence of what did exist at one time. This index gives the name of every person who left a will, their address, rank or occupation and the date of probate. Vicars' based his work on the abstracts to the original wills compiled by Sir William Betham, and is the only index to his voluminous collections of abstracts and extracts in existence.
However, this edition is doubly important because we have included the never-before-published supplement compiled in 1914 to correct errors and omissions in Vicars' work.
Below you will find relevant Eneclann CD-ROMs, which we also supply. Eneclann is a partner in the Archive CD Books Ireland Project, and their CDs are essential resources for genealogists and historians alike.
THIS TITLE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN CD FORMAT. IT IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.FINDMYPAST.IE OR WWW.IRISHORIGINS.COM
Eneclann presents a comprehensive index to the Testamentary Records in the National Archives of Ireland (formerly the Public Record Office). These sources have never been digitally indexed or published before. They include records identified in all the National Archives card catalogues as well as the Inland Revenue Will Registers and Administration Registers 1828-1839.
Designed by genealogists, compiled by professional archivists, edited by historians, and using the very best search software available, this CD-ROM is the first volume in a new series of sources for Irish genealogy. This first volume covers all 32 counties for this poorly documented period. It contains:
Over 70,000 individual records with:
over 100,000 names
over 10,000 surnames (and their variants)
over 1,000 different occupations
THIS TITLE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN CD FORMAT. IT IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.FINDMYPAST.IE OR WWW.IRISHORIGINS.COM
There is an increasing recognition of the significance of Irish participation in World War I. Over 200,000 Irish men served in the British armed forces during the war and of them the Committee of the Irish National War Memorial has recorded 49,000 deaths. This publication contains an index to the wills of 9,000 Irishmen in the British armed forces who died during the conflict 1914-1918, it is a tribute to their sacrifice but also sheds light on the realities and details of that sacrifice.
During the war soldiers sent to the front line were encouraged to write their last will and testament, if they did not survive these wills were registered, 9,000 of these wills are deposited with the National Archives of Ireland. This CD is a first time publication of an index to these wills, it contains the soldier's name, rank, serial number, regiment, date of death, date will was written, war office number, war office date, record number, names of witnesses, and names and details of beneficiaries and their family relationship. The index contains an estimated 18,000+ names and is fully searchable. It is a valuable aid to any one researching the broader context of the Irish in World War I as well as to genealogists and family historians tracing Irish family members in the early 20th Century. System Requirements
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