Jenny Joyce

Have you Used Lewis’s Topographical Dictionaries 2

Have you heard of Samuel Lewis’s Topographical Dictionaries? These wonderful publications exist for England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. They give descriptions of all (or at least, most) of the towns and villages in each country of the United Kingdom. They are arranged alphabetically by place, and are therefore easy to navigate. And we are very lucky that they are all […]

Going In-Depth with Irish Wills 1

Original Irish wills were amongst the records destroyed in the Public Records Office fire of 1922. But it is still possible to find copies of some of them, or at least some information about them. As with England and Wales, wills in Ireland were proved by ecclesiastical courts until 1858. After that they were proved by the Probate Courts or […]

An In-Depth Look at Using the UK Gazettes 3

Have you used the UK Gazettes for your research? These government publications don’t just contain information from the United Kingdom, but also include many other countries, and a wealth of useful historical and genealogical information can be found in them. Publication started in 1665 as the Oxford Gazette. This was the period where the Court and Government in England had […]