Wednesday 19 May 2021

Did your Tipperary ancestors own dogs during the War of Independence?

Tipperary Studies, the county library's specialist local history department based at The Source in Thurles, has been beavering away for some years on its project to digitise material held in its archive. I've mentioned many of the releases on Irish Genealogy News, and over the time, the number and scale of collections and documents held in the free digital archive has grown hugely.

Click to view enlarged image from 1918 dog licence register

Another major release is due shortly. It relates to the library's famine records, and nearly all of the project work was carried out during the Lockdown. I'll bring news when the upload is completed and the records are ready for us.

In the meantime, researchers with Tipperary connections can enjoy a hunt through some newly-digitised Dog Licence Registers, none of which is included in the huge indexed dog licence collections available through the FindMyPast and Ancestry databases.

These registers cover the areas around Mullinahone, Drangan, Cloneen, and Glengoole, Gortnahoe, Killenaule, and run from 1918 to 1923.

It's worth reading this fact-filled feature article from the Tipperary Studies team as it sets the records in historical context, and picks out some of the more notable entries.