Coolavin (Cúl ó bhFionn) is a barony in south County Sligo, in the Republic of Ireland. It was created from the ancient túath of An Corán.
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An interesting excerpt of life, as it was then by a Resident of the area in the mid-1800s in Kilmactigue:
When Sir Robert Gore Booth was landlord over this part of Sligo the rents the people had to pay were very high. What was worse, if the people tried to improve the dirty wet patches of land they were trying to live on, the rents were raised. There was a tax put on every window in the house. As well as that every house that had a chimney had to pay tax on it as well. In order to avoid paying many poor people built up the windows and you would see cabins with no chimney at all.
THE PRIMARY information needed for researching One’s Irish Ancestors correctly — and not wasting time and treasure — noted below.
Depending on the period – Irish records can be searched, to start, using three (3) main Primary Irish Authorities or Records:
A) 1901/1911 Census – two in one, ten (10) years apart.
B) Griffith’s Valuation of Tenements, commonly known as “Griffiths or Griffith’s Valuation” (between 1847-1864),
C) Various area Diocese/Church Documents — Baptism, Marriage, Death (BMD) Registrations — done on various dates some starting in the 1700s, most start mid-1800s —
The base of Researching your Irish born Ancestors’ one should first start with what you know of your Ancestor’s — their Surname, the Townland they lived in, and their Christian Name(s).
It is also good to know their “Nickname” as it seems like everyone in Ireland was called day-to-day, something different than their given or registered name!
Finding this precise information is your first task. Then if you follow the routes noted below, you should be able to easily locate your Ancestor’s Irish records (Birth is generally Baptism records in Ireland), Marriage, and Death – BMDs.
So, We go from the Known to the Unknown, using this known information to find the unknown information, documents, records, ect. — GO TO SECTION 2.
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