Monday 21 November 2016

Registry of Deeds Project index updated

The Registry of Deeds Index Project in Ireland has had another update, with the site now displaying 219,838 index entries from 24,978 memorials of deeds.

Established in 1708, the Registry of Deeds holds details of deeds conveying ownership or interests in properties, from transactions such as sales, mortgages, leases, marriage settlements and wills, and was first established as a means to record property held largely by Protestant landowners. The system was not compulsory, and so many transactions were never recorded, whilst for its earliest years it tended to largely record transactions for properties held by adherents to the Church of Ireland. It was not until the late 18th century and early 19th century that Presbyterians and Roman Catholics became better represented within its pages, following the relaxation of the Penal Laws.

The registration system was fairly straightforward. Copies of deeds known as memorials were created after the originals had been signed by both parties. Once verified by a Justice of the Peace and signed by a witness, they were then recorded into the register in Dublin and the original memorials then filed away.

To search the indexes, please visit

(With thanks to the Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland Facebook page at


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