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Registry of Deeds

As has been previously discussed, the Registry of Deeds was in use from the time of its creation by the Irish Parliament in 1708 until it was supplanted by Griffith's and the Tithe Applotment Books in the mid-19th century. Even in its heyday, however, registration of deeds was not mandatory, and its use was largely restricted to cases in which it was likely that legal title carried the risk of some future dispute. Therefore, the Registry contains only a small fraction of the total property transactions of its day. A single document in the Registry can provide two or three generations' worth of names, and leave a trail to related records which can give a great deal of the financial details of the family.

Types of Transactions in the Registry

The following are among the common kinds of transactions recorded in the Registry:

When deeds were sent to the Registry, the document was transcribed into an oversized book and indexed. A copy of the deed was retained and stored. There are two indexes that you can use in your genealogical research:

The Lands Index and the Grantors' Index are contained on more than 400 reels of microfilm. The microfilm indexes are available in the National Library and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Family History Centers of the LDS Church also have copies available for public use.


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