The following are the main document types that appear in this index.

Document Type  Explanation
Acquittance Document clearing a debt or obligation.
Administration The courts granted an Administration on an estate if there was no will, or the will could not be used for any reason. In this index there are three main types of Administration. Most are simple Grants of Letters of Administration to administrators in cases of intestacy (i.e. grants of power to administer estates of persons who had died without having made a will). A smaller number relate to cases where the deceased had made a will that could not be proved, perhaps because the executors were dead or because it was not properly witnessed, and where the court made a Grant of letters of Administration with the Will Annexed. This meant that the administrators were to administer the estate in accordance with the will, even though it could not be proved. In other cases only the Administration Bond survives. This was the surety given by the recipient of a grant of administration.
Affidavit Written statement, usually sworn by the applicant(s) for probate or administration, regarding the testator/intestate. These sworn statements were taken before a judge, and mostly concerned the address of the testator/intestate and their effects.
Banns Banns were a public notice of an intended marriage in order to inform those who may have known of an impediment to lodge an objection.
Baptism Some of the genealogical abstracts are taken from parish registers of baptisms since destroyed in 1922.
Book of Survey & Distribution This source was compiled c. 1700 from the Cromwellian Down Survey which listed owners of land in 1641, and similar surveys from the later 17th century.
Cause Papers Documents arising from cases before the Diocesan consistorial courts.
Caveat A legal application to suspend testamentary court proceedings.
Census Extracts/Returns Genealogical extracts from nineteenth century census returns, since destroyed in 1922.
Citation A written summons, usually to an ecclesiastical court.
Codicil A supplement to a will, added by the testator to explain or alter the original contents.
Commission Authority given to a person (usually by the state or by a judge) to act in some specified capacity. In most cases referred to in these documents, this was to establish the deceased's estate, or to carry out some other investigation on behalf of the testamentary courts.
Deeds & Titles Records concerning property, like sales, mortgages, leases, etc.
Genealogical Abstract Notes and abstracts of documents compiled by genealogists.
Grant of Probate When a will was proved, probate was granted to the executor or executors named in the will. This meant that the executor had power to administer the estate of the deceased in accordance with the provisions of the will.
Hearth Money Rolls Records of taxation, based on the number of built hearths. These lists were compiled in the seventeenth century.
Inquisition Inquisitions post mortem were taken on the death of a land owner during the 16th and 17th centuries to determine the extent and title of their landed estates.
Inventory List of goods, chattels, land, etc., and their value, in the possession of the deceased at their death.
Marriage License Bond/Grant Like administrations, the parties to a marriage licence were required to give a bond of surety. Marriage licences were generally only requested by those who had property, or desired privacy from the publication of ‘Banns'. Banns were a public notice of an intended marriage in order to inform those who may have known of an impediment to lodge an objection. Securing a marriage licence was considered quite fashionable in the nineteenth century.
Marriage Settlement This was the financial agreement reached by the couple, or more often their fathers, prior to marriage.
Subsidy Roll Records of parliamentary taxation.
Tutelage Records concerning the guardianship, wardship or education of minors.
Will A will is a legal document drawn up to determine the inheritance of a person's property after their death. Before a will could take effect, it had to be proved in court. Wills were generally proved in the local Diocesan Court, but if a testator owned property valued at over £5 in more than one diocese it was proved in the Prerogative Court in Dublin.

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