Misclassified Locations in online Tithe records

The Tithe Applotment record images available online on the National Archives of Ireland website, along with corresponding transcripts, have been a great addition to the resources available to those researching online – and also save a trip into Dublin city for those living closer. Since the time these were released people were reporting issues finding townlands – many due to the expected variable spellings used, but some turned out to be misclassified – e.g. a civil parish listed under the incorrect county, or a townland not listed in the expected parish.

Two other issues which can cause problems are the use on the Tithes of local names or names of villages rather than townlands, or in some cases redefined parish boundaries as a result of the OS mapping which can result in townlands appearing in adjacent parishes.

As far as I know the original Tithe transcriptions and location classification was carried out by FamilySearch volunteers, and their system seem to show the same issues regarding locations.

Some of the examples of the location issues that turned up are listed below :

Drumlease, Co. Leitrim

Tithe Records for Drumlease civil parish do not appear on the list of Co. Leitrim civil parishes on the National Archives website – for corrected link to the images see here
(via my IrelandGen.com website) These entries also include some nice maps.

The transcripts of Drumlease records appear to have been mixed with the records for Drumhome parish, Co. Donegal.

Bray, Co. Wicklow  (see also previous topic)

Tithe Applotment Records for Bray, civil parish Co. Wicklow have been misclassified under Brannockstown parish, Co. Kildare on the NAI website. For the correct images see this link  (images are sideways)

Kilcummin, Co. Mayo

Entries for Kilcummin parish Mayo are to be found under Kilcummin, Co. Kerry – mixed in with the correct Co. Kerry records.  For the correct Kilcummin, Co. Mayo record images see this link

St. Mary’s (Fore), Co. Westmeath

This one is a little more obvious – the clue is in the name of the parish – St. Mary’s (Fore), Co. Westmeath is listed under ‘St Mary’s Castlepolland (Cork)’
For the correct images for St. Mary’s (Fore) Westmeath see this link.

Kilscoran, Co. Wexford

Some of the locations listed under Kilscoran Co. Wexford, are actually in Kilseily civil parish in Co. Clare. For the correct Kilscoran Co. Wexford images see this link and for Kilseily Co. Clare see this link.

[updated 23rd Apr – 17:30]

Tankardstown, Co. Kildare

This parish is listed under County Dublin on the Tithe transcriptions, but is actually in Co. Kildare, see the images at this link. The County is not listed on the introduction page but the Diocese for the parish is Dublin which may account for the error.

All Saint’s, Co. Donegal

This parish is also listed under Co. Dublin, but should be under Co. Donegal – see the images starting at this link. These entries contain extensive descriptions, maps and diagrams.

Carnew, Co. Wicklow

Townlands in Carnew Co. Wicklow and Co. Wexford are listed under  Carnalway parish Co. Kildare, the correct images for Carnew civil parish start at this link.

Hacketstown, Carlow/Wicklow

All the Co. Wicklow townlands for this parish are indexed under Co. Carlow

I’ll check through my notes and update this list if I find other examples – if anyone out there has spotted any others let me know , and I’ll add to the list. (I’m on twitter as @Shanew147 or see email address on my website homepage)

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Tithe Applotment Records – Bray Civil Parish, Co. Wicklow

The Tithe Applotment Records for Bray Civil Parish, Co. Wicklow do not appear to have been categorised correctly on the National Archives website system. Some records appear under other parishes – e.g. entries for parts of Bray town, Great Bray, Killarney townland etc are listed as ‘Brannockstown parish, Co. Kildare‘.  The correct images are present but the images were filmed sideways, which possibly accounts for the mixup.

Some of the pages are very faint and difficult to make out, the index of locations and contents below was created as a guide using the Tithe image browse tool

383 [start- ‘Bray’]
384 (blank)
385 Great Bray, Chapel …., Rock of Bray, Old Court
386
387 …, New Court, Bog.. , Newtown Vevay, Sea… , Windygates, Bray Head
388
389 Killarney, Saint…, Fassaroe[?], Berry FIeld, Spring Field, Glebe Land
390
391 (calculations)
392 Ballyman, Little Bray
393 (very faint)
394 LIttle Bray, Little Cork, Old Connaght
395 (very faint)
396 Old Connaght, …m.pstown
397
398 (summary/declaration)
399 (blank)
400 (inc. note – lodged 7th April 1827, paid)
401 Great Bray, Old Court
402
403 Bog…
404
405 Killarney, … , Glebe Land
406
407 (totals & notes)
408 (note re totals)
409 (notes – Bray, Lodged … Oct. 1826, J.J.)
410 (declaration)
411 (declaration & signatures – dated 20th October 1826)
412 [end]

Note – some areas listed under Bray civil parish in later records, e.g. townland index, are included in adjacent parishes  e.g. Ballywaltrim is listed on the Tithes under Powerscourt, and in Bray parish in Griffith’s and the townland index.

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Browse 1901-1911 Census Images

I’ve updated the Census Image browse tool using some elements of the code used for the recent BMD image tool. To use – navigate to a starting page on the Census Returns using the usual search or browse, and select one of the image links – e.g.  a Household Return Form A, Enumerator’s Abstract Form N, Building return form B1,  Outbuildings B2 or for the 1911 returns the additional reverse of the household form.

Copy the full URL (*) of the image and paste into the ‘Enter URL’ text box on the Census Browse tool, and click the ‘submit button.

The Next and Previous buttons move one page forward or backward through the census  images. Also available are +-5, +-10 and +-50 links which skip backward or forward in larger steps.

To start a new search, click the [reset] link to the top right.

The full image URL should have the same format and structure as one of the following :

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001669724/

http://census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai001669724/

See John Grenham’s blog post from March this year for details on using this technique to try to locate unlinked images – The strange afterlife of the census microfilms

See also the BMD Image Browse Tool and the new Tithe Applotment Image Browse (links added  Jan. 2018).

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Browse GRO Ireland BMD Images

Sharing a tool I use to browse images of the Civil Birth, Marriage and Death registers on the IrishGenealogy website. The tool adds a selection of next / previous links to make it easier to move backwards and forwards through the images without having to manually edit the URL. This can be useful to help locate mis-indexed entries, or records with missing index entries

see BMD Image Browse (IrelandGen.com)

To use, first locate a record for the district and date range of interest using the IrishGenealogy website in the usual way, and open the register image. Copy the full URL from the address bar. (ensure this starts with the https and ends with .pdf) :

Open the BMD Image Browse Tool, paste in the copied URL, and click the submit button.


The Next and Previous buttons move one page forward or backward through the register images. Also available are +-5, +-10 and +-50 links which skip backward or forward in larger steps.

To start a new search, click the [reset] link to the top right.
If the captcha screen is displayed instead of a register image, select the appropriate images and enter your name as usual and the register image will display.

The full references with page numbers are available on the FamilySearch version of the BMD Index. These are also available on FindMyPast and Ancestry.

The tool was primarily developed for Chrome and also tested on FireFox, and on Safari on iPad, but should also function on other modern browsers.

Note : the browse function adds and subtracts from the image number, so does not account for entries with multiple images – e.g.those with 1 2 3 links (These use a letter suffix on the image filename – e.g. 5864623.pdf , 5864623a.pdf , 5864623b.pdf etc)

Edited : see also the revised 1901-1911 Census image browse tool and the new Tithe Applotment Image Browse (updated Jan. 2018).

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Census Placename Errors

There are a number of errors relating to place-names on the 1901/1911 Census returns of Ireland, examples of the various types discovered during analysis are listed below. These should be kept in mind when searching the census by place-name. In addition it should be noted that some locations were not covered by the original microfilms and so not included in the online census returns. Further analysis is required on rural townland names, where some spelling variation is to be expected.

In 1911 Aghowle DED, Co. Wicklow is listed as ‘Aghawlw

Mis-transcriptions/Typos/Spelling mistakes :

PlacenameCorrectedDEDCountyYear
Yerschoyle Place
Verschoyle PlaceMerchants QuayDublin 1901
Ownstown
Owenstown (aka Trimlestown)Dundrum Dublin 1901
Bun-Soughlas
Bundouglas Cleggen Galway 1901
Adelaid Street Adelaide StreetSligo West Urban Sligo 1901

A number of locations have stray zeros :

PlacenameCorrectedDEDCountyYear
Mun0ly MunnillyClones_Rural Monaghan1901
Aghi0lard
Aghinillard Drumcarrow Monaghan 1901
Annagh or Druma0ra
Annagh or Drumanilra Kilbryan Roscommon 1901
Druma0ra or Mt. Eagle
Drumanilra or Mt. EagleTumna_North Roscommon 1901
Bunna0ra
BunnanilraCastleconor West Sligo 1901
Bally0ard (P.O.)
Ballyard (P.O.)
Ballyard (P.O.)
Tipperary_Rural
Tipperary West Urban
Tipperary 1901
Knocki0ler
Knockiniller Douglasburn Tyrone 1901
Chapel Lane (St.) (Mun0ly) Chapel Lane (St.) (Munnilly)Cootehill_Town Cavan 1911
Maxwell's Lane (Mun0ly
Maxwell's Lane (Munnilly) Cootehill_Town Cavan 1911

In addition a number of townlands have been listed with stray hyphens or spaces which can cause a problem when searching

Placename DED, County, Year
Minister's-land
MinisterslandArdagh, Limerick, 1901
Priest-Town
PriesttownMullary, Louth, 1901
Cross-scales
CrossscalesTomhaggard, Wexford, 1901
Aberna Dorney AbbernadoornyDonegal, Donegal, 1901
Ballagh-moreBallaghmoreStranocum, Antrim, 1901

etc

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