Ancestors from Co. Tyrone?

We have added a further 1,547 entries to the Society’s Early Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes: 303 births, 1,140 marriages, and 104 deaths.  

Many are drawn from the Registry of Deeds, with others from the Society’s Swanzy Manuscripts, and also another generous offering from IGRS member Hilary Jarvis, who is using this quiet time to plough through old and rare publications.

A view of the Co. Tyrone town of Omagh, around 1900. © NLI

Some of the birth entries drawn from the Registry of Deeds are most exciting, providing information about people who otherwise fall outside the surviving main body of mid-eighteenth century records. They include references to many of the younger inhabitants from the parish of Cappagh, just north of Omagh, in Co. Tyrone, in 1763.

The main landholder, William Stewart, Earl of Blessington, granted ten leases for lives to his tenants, and the ages of all 46 young people nominated as lives were noted (see this earlier news item for an explanation of the term “lives” in leases). The land area these leases referred to is now covered with buildings as the town of Omagh has expanded.

If you have ancestors from the Omagh area of Co. Tyrone called any of the following surnames you might want to check further: Adams, Arthur, Bodle, Buchanan, Calberson, Halks, Hall, Huson, Kilpatrick, Long, Lyons, McFarland, Mease, Mills, Nixon, Orr, Patterson and Wilson.

While the Marriage Index is completely free to all,  the Birth and Death Indexes are resources reserved for IGRS Members only. However, anyone can still make a search for names. Click here for more information.

The original deeds the entries are drawn from can be found in Registry of Deeds memorial book 239, (entries 162877 through to 162895) on the FamilySearch.org website. Follow this link, though you will need to login to FamilySearch to view the scanned images.

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