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Collection Time Period
Records in this collection cover the mid to late 1800s.
The collection consists of miscellaneous records from the Manx Museum and National Trust. The records include the following:
- Wills and Testamentary papers
- Indexes to wills
- Diocesan orders of court
- Diocesan Presentments
- Liber Causarum
- Manorial Records
- Deeds and Conveyances
- Indexes to deeds
The records are handwritten in bound books.
The following information is generally found in the records:
- Name of primary persons
- Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
- Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
- Description and value of property or land
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The approximate date the event occurred.
- The name of the primary individual or individuals.
Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
- The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
- The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
Keep in mind:
- The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
Court officials began keeping records from the time the court was formed.
Why this Record Was Created
Each type of record was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests and the legal interests of their heirs.
Facts current at the time of the event are generally reliable.
Related Wiki Articles
- Isle of Man
- Isle of Man Websites
- Isle of Man Church of England Parish Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Isle of Man Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Citations for This Collection
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing your sources). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
- "Isle of Man Miscellaneous Records." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing Manx Museum and National Trust, Sheading, Isle of Man.
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