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A Student's Guide To Irish American Genealogy

A Student's Guide To Irish American Genealogy

by ABC-CLIO, Charles T. Galbraith

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VOYA - Marilyn Brien
Genealogy books frequently lack the appeal necessary to make them inviting reading, but this book is a rare exception with its enticing illustrations and personal message. The title and language indicate the audience is for students, but the timely information packed into this delightful book makes it a useful handbook for the most scholarly of adults. This book is valuable for teachers and students solely for its treatment of the Irish in the context of history and culture. Irish history, famous Irish Americans, and Irish traditions will instill pride in readers of Irish heritage. If the student desires to pursue genealogy, guidelines for getting started, interviewing relatives, putting it together, and even researching in Ireland are provided. Teachers and librarians seeking to plan activities or assist students will especially appreciate the comprehensive lists of resources that follow each chapter. A brief description of more than forty Irish videos and movies include Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Finian's Rainbow (1968), and The Secret of Roan Irish (1994). Another listing gives more than twenty Web sites for researching Irish ancestry with suggestions for genealogical research on the Internet. This volume in the Oryx American Family Tree series is a must-have for any library serving youth. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Charts. Biblio. Further Reading VOYA Codes: 5Q 3P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Library Journal
McKenna, a freelance writer in Chicago whose ancestors immigrated to New York from County Clare and County Armagh in the 19th century, has written a beginner's guide to researching Irish American genealogy. Her book provides essential background on Ireland and Northern Ireland and tells how to begin research, interview relatives, and write the family history. Each chapter lists current resources and includes a list of Internet web sites. Two advanced guides for research in Ireland and Northern Ireland, respectively, are John Grenham's Tracing Your Irish Ancestors (LJ 1/93) and Kathleen Neill's How To Trace Family History in Northern Ireland (Irish Genealogical Association, 1986). A solid contribution to researching Irish genealogy in America, Ireland, and Northern Ireland, McKenna's book will be useful for students of all ages. [The numerous books in this series cover, among others, British American, Native American, African American, and Jewish American genealogy.Ed.]Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Provides student researchers of Irish descent with historical background, instructions, and annotated research lists to help them research their family history. Students learn to collect data, obtain and evaluate documents and sources, use the latest electronic tools for researching, conduct interviews, and record accounts of historical events in family life. Author Erin McKenna, a freelance writer and graphic designer, compiled much of this information from extensive research of her own Irish American family. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
Oryx American Family Tree Series
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

ERIN MCKENNA is a graphic designer and free-lance writer in New York City. She has studied the history of her own Irish American family and their journey from County Clare, Ireland. Much of her research has focused on her great-grandfather, who once served as Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York.

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