Fully searchable digital edition of the 1641 depositions at Trinity College Dublin Library, comprising transcripts and images of all 4000 depositions, examinations and associated materials in which Protestant men and women of all classes told of their experiences following the outbreak of the rebellion by the Catholic Irish in October, 1641Preferred Browser - Internet Explorer
The Muster Roll of the Province of Ulster is a large, leather-bound volume in the British Library, where it is shelved as Additional Manuscript 4770. The volume consists of 283 folio sheets, each slightly larger than a page of A4, on which are recorded the names of 13,147 adult males from the nine counties of Ulster. Each county forms a separate section of the volume and the men who mustered are listed under the names of their landlords; beside each man’s name there is a description of the weapons he was carrying or a note that he was unarmed. The lists cover the first 276 folios and the remaining seven folios are a ‘breviate’ or summary of the whole book. Most of the men who mustered were English and Scottish settlers and, in the absence of comprehensive parish and estate records, the muster roll is the nearest one has to a census of the British population of early seventeenth-century Ulster.
In the late 1960s or early 1970s Robert Hunter began a project to publish each section of the muster. William Copeland Trimble had published the muster roll for county Fermanagh in the History of Enniskillen in 1919, and T.G.F. Paterson had published that for county Armagh in 1970. Robert therefore began with the muster roll for county Donegal, which he published in 1972, and in 1978 he and Michael Perceval-Maxwell collaborated on an edition of the muster roll for county Cavan. The muster roll for county Fermanagh seems to have been the next section which Robert intended to publish, but for whatever reason he put the project into abeyance and did not resume working on it until 1998. Over the following years he collated material for counties Antrim, Down, and Londonderry and had begun working on the muster rolls for counties Monaghan and Tyrone shortly before his death in 2007.
The Scottish Record Society is one of Scotland’s oldest historical societies, and is dedicated to publishing calendars, indexes and texts of historical records.
It aims to promote the study of the historical records of Scotland by commissioning and editing works of appropriate significance, and by the publication of approved and contextualised original documents and of calendars and indices of public records and private muniments relating to Scotland of value to historians and genealogists.
The Gravestone Photographic Resource project is an attempt to provide a much needed free on-line resource for family historians and other researchers.
The GPR is run by Charles Sale. He set it up in 1998 and has written all the code and database routines used by the website.
A ‘fiant’ was a warrant by the deputy or council to the Irish Chancery to prepare letters-patent—published written orders to convey a right, an office, title to property or a pardon. The Fiants are statements of command. The term comes from the first word of the customary opening protocol in these documents: Fiant litterae patentes (‘Let letters patents be made’).
The Irish Fiants don’t survive as a series until Tudor times. (The medieval chancery warrants have survived in sufficient quantities that Irish fiants are one of the ‘categories of substitute material’ used by TCD’s CIRCLE project to reconstruct the rolls of the medieval Irish Chancery.) From 1875, Calendars of the Irish Fiants from 1521 to 1603 were published in the Reports of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records Office. In 1994 this material was compiled into four volumes and re-published as Irish Fiants of the Tudor sovereigns (De Búrca, Dublin).
Even though the Tudor Fiants are widely available to researchers, they remain an under-used source. Yet they provide detailed evidence for family historians who want to trace Gaelic and Old English families, or to delve into the origin and history of family names and place-names in Ireland.
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The Caulfeild family of Oxfordshire came to Ulster at the time of the Nine Years War when Captain Toby Caulfeild fought for the English Crown against Hugh O'Neill. He was rewarded as a servitor with significant grants of land which he added to before his death in 1627. The family formed an integral part of much of Irish history in the centuries that followed reaching their peak during the life of James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont (1728-1799). The title of Viscount Charlemont still survives today within the Caulfeild family. John Dodd Caulfeild is the current 15th Viscount Charlemont.
The website Scottish Indexes has an excellent explanation and links to examine this long running system used in Scotland to record land, mortgages and loans from as far back as the late 16th century. It is an excellent resource for finding material that covers the period of the Ulster Plantation and the involvement of Scottish settlers in Ulster. Some of these Scottish settlers still maintained connections with the family and land they left behind recording transactions in Scotland whilst living in Ulster.
Death notices and Obituaries in Australian newspapers
The Ryerson Index is a free index to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. The date range covered extends from the Sydney Gazette of 1803 up to newspapers published within the last week or so. The Index also includes many funeral notices, and some probate notices and obituaries.
Because the Index was originally created by the Sydney Dead Persons Society, its strength lies in notices from NSW papers - including in excess of two million notices from the Sydney Morning Herald alone. However, the representation from papers from other states continues to grow, with additional papers being regularly added, so that the Index can now truly be considered an Australian index.
Indexing is being continuously carried out by a team of volunteers, too numerous to mention individually, who give freely of their time to ensure the site continues to grow. Site updates generally occur weekly.
The index itself cannot by definition be considered a primary source of data, but is purely a research aid to direct the researcher to the original source of a notice. We at Ryerson cannot undertake genealogical research for you, we are too busy indexing!
The Australian Cemeteries Index website is an extensive resource for family history researchers. It's emphasis is to provide quality images of all inscriptions in each cemetery rather than just transcript lists. The ultimate goal is to photograph and index every headstone in Australia and to index every unmarked burial.
There is an ongoing program to didgitise the published indexes of the Registry of Deeds (Scotland) by FamilySearch from 1661-1696. More details can be seen at the following website relating to Clugston Family History.
State papers concerning Ireland are preserved in The National Archives (formerly the Public Record Office) in London under SP/63. The documents concern the administration of Ireland in this period of enormous change. There is much information of interest about the Ulster Plantation and developments in the north of Ireland in the early sevententh century. Calendars of the papers covering the period 1509–1670 were published in 24 volumes by the Public Record Office between 1860 and 1911, under the title Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland (CSPI). Each volume has a comprehensive index.