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Day 8 - Registry of Deeds in Belfast

Registry of Deeds - Lanyon Place

   Today is going to be a short blog, because one of the researchers is going to write a bit about her experience today at the Registry of Deeds in Belfast, part of the Land and Property Services department.  The deeds begin in 1923 (at the time of partition) through the present.  The records from 1923 - 1989 are paper based and  you need to know the name of the Grantor in order to search.  Beginning in 1990 the records are digitized and the search is done online, and to use these records you need to know the exact address of the property.  

   What I Iearned today is that things are changing.  In September the Land and Property Services moved to Lanyon Place, across the street from the Hilton Hotel.  The paper records, however, are still in the old location near the Europa Hotel off Great Victoria Street where they are waiting to be transferred to PRONI, possibly as early as November.  It seems that not all the details have been worked out, as law researchers use these on a daily basis and are concerned about how long the move will take.   The PRONI process of only allowing 5 items to be ordered at one time, and having to wait for them to be pulled, doesn’t work well for the the vast majority of the law researchers.  Time will tell, and hopefully all will be worked out by next year!  

Guest Blog by Jean Humeniuk.

   It's been a successful week in Belfast. I've traced the property of my Bannon ancestors in Upper Fathom, Armagh from 1813 thru 1951.  The Kilmorey Estate records housed at PRONI contain the original lease plus rental records for varying years from 1821 thru 1920.  Having located the property in Griffith's Valuation I was able to follow the property through the Valuation Revision books (online at PRONI) until they end in 1929.  At that time the family was still leasing the land.

  Donna and I went to the Registry of Deeds where I was able to obtain copies of the memorials (the transcript of the deed that was copied into the register) for the 1813 lease, the 1930 purchase, and the 1951 sale.  The process was very easy.  First, I checked the Name Index List which gave me a volume for each group of years.  The name index refers to the Grantor.  In my case, the initial grantor was the Earl of Kilmorey.  When I found y Bannon, I noted the year, page and volume and moved to the Abstract Book.  This allowed me to confirm I had the correct person by cross referencing the townland.

The abstract book gave me the number of the memorial, which has been digitized and they were able to easily print a copy for me.  The cost to do the searching and to print as many memorials as needed as £10.

   These records trace four generations of the Bannon family to include Thomas, Patrick, John and Edward.   Tomorrow I'm off to Newry, the city nearest Upper Fathom, to meet with local Bannon descendants and contiunue my research.

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