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How to Use the Registry of Deeds, Dublin

Films online at FamilySearch.org
Created by
Jim McKane, Ontario, Canada
jamckane[at]gmail.com
The Registry of Deeds, Kings Inns, Henrietta Street, Dublin

Established in 1708 the Registry of Deeds is a huge archive of Irish property history, holding 17,000 bound volumes of property documents and five million memorial records of property transactions.

  • These films will test your patience and determination!!

  • These films are photos of the many thousands of pages of the Registry. They are not indexed but contain valuable information

  • Go to FamilySearch.org

  • Sign In to your account OR create a new account free

  • Click on Search

  • Then in the dropdown list, click on Catalog

  • Choose Search by Titles

  • In the Titles field, enter “Transcripts of memorials of deeds, conveyances and wills, 1708-1929

  • Click on Search

  • Click on the entry “Transcripts of memorials of deeds, conveyances and wills, 1708-1929

  • Give a little time to produce the whole page which is a very long list of films

  • Read the Notes section on this page – IMPORTANT!!

  • Next you have the choice of searching [listed as you scroll down the very long page]

    • Here you need to note the dates associated with each film if the date is important to your search

    • The Grantor [of the deed] Index – indexed by Surname; grouped by various dates

    • The Land Index [city location as mentioned in the Notes]

    • The Place Name Index [Townlands indexed by County]

    • The Land Index 1920-1929

    • Deeds – indexed by the Memorial Number which you obtain from searches in the above listed indices

    • I would highly recommend you follow the sequence I used to search for my ancestor James McKane [I found a James McKane but not MY James!!] to familiarize yourself with the procedure

    • Scroll down to the “Grantor Index M-Z 1786-1793” in the left column

    • Note the Film Number in the event you wish to return later

    • Clcik on the tiny Camera Icon in the right-most column

    • Here you may open any of the images by double-clicking directly on them

    • You can jump pages using the Image Number field in the upper left corner of the screen

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    • I found a James McKane on page 12

    • Use the Image Number field to jump to page 12; double-click on it

    • Part way down the left page, you will find McKane, James

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    • This means Vol 376, Page 360, Memorial Extract Number 251374

    • Now you need to go back to your Search Results listing with the long list of films; Scroll away down until you find - “Deeds, etc., v. 376-377 1785-1786in the left column; then click on the tiny Camera Icon in right column to open the film images

    • These records are indexed by the Memorial Extract Number which in this case is 251374

    • Double-click on any random image; look for a Memorial Extract Number to see an indication of which way you need to go in the book. You can ‘jump’ image numbers by amending the Image number in the upper-left of the screen.

    • In this case, you will find the beginning of the Memorial in Image Number 190

 

Additional Notes:

  • Mc’s could be alpha or at the beginning of the M’s

  • Land Records are not necessarily alpha under letter of alphabet!!

Good Luck!!