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Irish Census Substitutes of 17th Century


1612-13

Land Undertakers:

The Historical Manuscripts Commission Report, gives lists of English and Scottish large landlords granted land in the northern counties of Cavan, Donegal and Fermanagh.


1630

Muster Rolls:

These are lists of large landlords in Ulster, and the names of the able-bodied men that they could assemble to fight if the need arose. They are arranged by county, and by district within the county.


1641

Books of Survey and Distributions:

After the wars of the mid-17th century, such as the 1641 rebellion, the English government needed solid information on land ownership throughout Ireland to carry out its policy of land redistribution. The Books of Survey and Distribution record ownership before the Cromwellian and Williamite confiscations, c.1641, and after, c.1666-1668.


1654-56

The Civil Survey:

This was a record of land ownership of 1640, completed between 1655 and 1667, and fuller than the Books of Survey and Distribution. It contains a great deal of topographical and descriptive information, as well as details of wills and deeds relating to land title. It has survived for twelve counties only, Cork, Derry, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick, Meath, Tipperary, Tyrone, Waterford and Wexford.


1659

Pender's Census

This was compiled by Sir William Petty, who was also responsible for the Civil Survey. It records the names of persons with title to land, the total numbers of English and Irish living in each townland, and the principal Irish names in each barony. Five counties, Cavan, Galway, Mayo, Tyrone and Wicklow are NOT covered.

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1662-66

Subsidy Rolls

These are a list of nobility, clergy and laity who paid a grant in aid to the king. The supply name and parish and, sometimes, amount paid and occupation. They relate principally to the counties in Ulster.


1664-66

Hearth Money Rolls

The Hearth Tax was levied on the basis on the number of hearths in each house. These rolls list the householder's names, as well as the number of hearths. They are quite comprehensive and can be researched in both The National Archives in Dublin and The Public Records Offices in Belfast.

Major Sources of Irish Ancestry

Church Records Land Records Directories
Registry of Deeds Wills Emigration Records
Newspapers

Genealogy Sources for each Irish County

Antrim Armagh Carlow Cavan
Clare Cork Derry (Londonderry) Donegal
Down Dublin Fermanagh Galway
Kerry Kildare Kilkenny Laois
Leitrim Limerick Longford Louth
Mayo Meath Monaghan Offaly
Roscommon Sligo Tipperary Tyrone
Waterford Westmeath Wexford Wicklow

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