Thursday 14 September 2023

Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project continues to add records

The free-to-access database of the volunteer-led Irish Registry of Deeds Index Project has been updated. The main index now holds 565,018 indexed entries (up by nearly 35,000 since the start of the year) gathered from 58,403 memorials of deeds.

The Townland Index has also shown impressive growth over the same timeframe.

These indexes are one of the main finding aids for researchers, allowing them to search for memorials according to the townland location of property and land transferred by the paperwork. Just over 60,000 entries have joined the Project's index since January, and the total number is now 436,104.

To help researchers gain greater familiarity with the Registry of Deeds' material (and perhaps become a Project volunteer?), the founder and manager of the Project, Nick Reddan FIGRS, draws our attention to a particular memorial each time he updates the database.

For the most recent update, he has highlighted memorial number 376480, which was registered on 17 May 1804. Nick admits it's a complex one. "It's a little difficult to understand what is said and what is unsaid," he says. "It appears to be a blended family, with the eldest son of Charles Green being assigned rights to a property in county Tipperary having undertaken to make provision, when his father dies, for his stepmother and step-siblings."

View the Index entry here and consult the memorial's full text on the FamilySearch image here.