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The Registry of Deeds in Dublin is under-used by family historians because these records are mistakenly viewed as documenting only a small narrow elite at the top of Irish society. In this paper I challenge key assumptions about these records. Contrary to popular opinion, these are the records of the Irish middle-classes for all denominations, in town and country. Coverage extends far beyond land-transactions. These deeds were intended to protect all tangible assets within families (wills, family trusts & marriage settlements, deeds of separation), and between business partners. Rising prosperity in the 1800s widened the net of those that chose to register their assets.

Fiona Fitzsimons

Fiona Fitzsimons is a founder and Director of Eneclann, a Trinity College Dublin Campus company specializing in research and digitization of records. From 2012 she ran the Genealogy Advisory Service in the National Library of Ireland, and the popular lunchtime talks as part of the library's summer programme. Fiona is a columnist for History Ireland, and a regular contributor to Irish Lives Remembered, and Irish Central. Research credits for media include Who Do You Think You Are and Finding Our Roots (PBS). In 2014 she established the Expert Workshops for CPD in Irish family history, in association with Trinity College and NLI.

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