1886, Commissioners for Taking Oaths and Affidavits for Colony of Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland, United States, New York and California and Bengal, Madras, Bombay,’The American legacy’ and Emigrant’s Remittances.

Given the huge emigration from the Island of Ireland fro the early 18th century a substantial part of the practice of Attorneys/Solicitors in particular in country towns until the mid 1950s consisted of emigrant related probate.   Those who died abroad often left money to relatives in Ireland  or died intestate.  It is common to see old newspaper ads looking for relations for American, Canadian and Australian Law Firms. The Irish law firms had to provide the necessary authentication. Sometimes the process operated in reverse where a lone elderly parent died in Ireland with the family living abroad.

There was a post service on Christmas Day until the 1950s.  In Durrus Village the postman tried to the Catholics catch those leaving from mass and the Protestants leaving from service.  The hope would be that the letter from America would have a few dollars.

Sometimes in the late 19th century looking at Probate Records you come across grants to people whose circumstances such as a small farmer would not normally put them into that bracket.  However it was common for US based children to send monies categorised in the National Acconts as ‘Emigrant Remittances’.

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