Tuesday, 1 May 2012

CLARE ROOTS SOCIETY - Registry of Deeds

Courtesy of
Clara Hoyne
Clare Roots Society Secretary

John Grenham's thoughts on the Registry of Deeds. To learn about them in more detail, why not attend the talk by Nick Reddan, in May, on behalf of the Clare Roots Society. This is scheduled for May 17th.

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May 17th will be a very interesting night for Clare Roots Society. The evening's activities will commence with a function to formally hand over to Clare Library and to Clare County Council, a disc containing the remaining transcriptions of the burials in Drumcliff Cemetery.

The meeting will be held in the usual venue, Ennis Civic Rooms, Drumbiggle, Ennis, and will commence at a slightly earlier time of 7.45pm, followed by Clare Roots Society's scheduled talk by Nick Reddan as below.

The Clare Roots Society has continued its work of photographing, transcribing and publishing details of the burials in Drumcliff Cemetery in Ennis, Co. Clare. The Society, having successfully documented the burials in the Old Cemetery, has now moved across the road and completed the work in the Calvary Section of the new Cemetery.

The gravestone inscriptions of 642 Graves have been recorded giving 1802 Burials. In conjunction with Ennis Tidy Towns Committee, a 50-page booklet is with the printers. The main purpose of the booklet is to present a hard copy of the burial records with a number of background details of individuals.

The Clare Roots Society would like to thank the following for their time and effort in helping to provide this very valuable service in documenting and recording the burials in Drumcliff Cemetery: Declan Barron, Frank & Kathleen Barry, Larry Brennan, Nicky Brennan, John & Caroline Bradley, Gerry & Teresa Foley, Clara & Lucy Hoyne, Jennifer Morgan, Gerry & Mary McMahon, Jim O’Connor, Eric & Breda Shaw, Jackie Vaughan.

Title of talk:



While its original purpose of was to enforce laws relating to the suppression of Catholics, the Registry of Deeds is a marvellous repository of information about families and land. The coverage may be limited but, with luck you can find some real gems. Importantly, the Registry records transactions from 1709 and covers a period when other records are meagre. Nick will give examples of what can be found and outline approaches to making the most of this resource.

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Nick Reddan biography:

Nick was born and grew up in Queensland, Australia. He has been researching his family history for nearly 25 years. In 2006, he was made a fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society. His great great grandfather, John Reddan, a carpenter was born in Tulla, county Clare in June 1811 or 1813. John married Mary Macnamara in Kilkishen on 4 August 1837 prior to bringing his family to Australia, arriving per “Orestes” on 15 May 1841. The identity of John’s parents remains a mystery to Nick1. The youngest of John and Mary’s 12 children was Nick’s great grandfather, Michael Joseph Reddan, who was born in Penrith, NSW on 2 September 1860 and had great commercial success in Bundaberg, Queensland. Nick studied mathematics and economics at university, and has worked in educational institutions and government. Nick is married with one daughter and lives in Canberra.

1 Were they: Miles Reddan and Bridget Kinegan as recorded on his immigration papers; Edward Reddan and Margaret Cunningham as recorded on his death certificate; or was his father Connor Reddan who was hanged for murder in front of Ennis Jail on 18 March 1826?

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