Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

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John Grenham's Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is arguably the best book ever written on Irish genealogy. Not since Margaret Falley's Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research, written in the early 1960s, has there been a book that combines all the best features of a textbook and a reference book, expertly describing the various steps in the research process while at the same time providing an indispensable body of source materials for immediate use. Now, updated to reflect the enormous changes brought about by the ...
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John Grenham's Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is arguably the best book ever written on Irish genealogy. Not since Margaret Falley's Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research, written in the early 1960s, has there been a book that combines all the best features of a textbook and a reference book, expertly describing the various steps in the research process while at the same time providing an indispensable body of source materials for immediate use. Now, updated to reflect the enormous changes brought about by the Internet, the new Third Edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors marks another huge step forward in Irish genealogy. Most importantly, a chapter has been added that deals specifically with the Internet, while a new online subsection showing county Internet sources has been added to each of the county source lists and, where possible, references have been given throughout for any online versions of the records dealt with.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
While maintaining his resource's foundation as part guidebook, part source list, and overall comprehensive guide to navigating records, repositories, and techniques on all aspects of Irish genealogy, Grenham (Irish Times Ancestors website) now better represents the proliferation of Irish genealogical resources available online. While the third edition referenced websites as just one element of an Irish family history project, this edition acknowledges them as a central feature of today's genealogical research, heavily incorporating websites (and tips for using them) in every chapter. The introduction has been expanded to include a guide on how to find and use key sites during various points of research, and a chapter dealing specifically with Internet research has been reworked with new and updated information. Individual chapters devoted to key record types such as census, vital, property, and church records and other important sources have been updated with frequent references to useful online resources. An enlarged source list section is organized by county and record type, and lists, for example, books, journals, websites, and record indexes. A comprehensive list of known Roman Catholic parish registers is organized by county and accompanied by tables and maps referencing parish locations, record types, date ranges, and repository locations. Notably, for the first time, an index has been added. VERDICT Already an essential reference work for anyone researching Irish ancestors, this new edition is recommended especially because of its expanded and updated information on finding and using online resources to research Irish roots.—Jean Fisher, Tacoma P.L., WA
Library Journal
Written by a professional Irish genealogist at the Genealogical Office in Dublin, this book is the product of more than a decade of professional research. It focuses on tracing ancestors in Ireland and, while designed for researchers at different levels of experience, its intent is to provide help even for the ``hard-bitten veteran.'' It is organized into three parts: Part 1 addresses the most basic genealogical sources (civil, census, church, and land records); Part 2 discusses more advanced tools (wills, emigration, deeds, newspapers, directories, and the Genealogical Office in Dublin); Part 3 offers a reference guide to a wide range of more fugitive resources (county source lists, printed family histories, church records, and research services, societies, and repositories). Revised editions could profit from more readable maps, more complete and current bibliographical references, an enlarged scope that includes Irish research in the United States and Canada, and a comprehensive bibliography of published sources. Still, the book provides a good beginning as a replacement for Margaret Dickson Falley's Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research (self-published, 1962). Grenham's book is by far the best work available on Irish genealogy and is essential for individuals and institutions researching the subject. For a comprehensive collection development article on genealogy, see the reviewer's ``Branching Out into Genealogy,'' LJ 11/1/92.--Ed.-- Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806318974
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/11/2012
  • Edition description: 4
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 606
  • Sales rank: 267,197
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     XIII
Abbreviations     XIV
List of Illustrations     XVII
Preface to the Third Edition     XVIII
Introduction     XIX
Where to start     XIX
What you can expect to find     XX
USA sources for identifying Irish place of origin     XXI
Canadian sources for identifying Irish place of origin     XXII
Australian sources for identifying Irish place of origin     XXIII
British sources for identifying Irish place of origin     XXIII
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints     XXIV
Part 1
General Register Office Records     1
History and Access     1
Information Given     3
Genealogical Relevance     5
Research in the Indexes     7
Research Techniques     10
Living Relatives     11
Late Registrations, Army Records, etc.     11
Using Civil Records with Other Sources     12
Census Records     14
Official Censuses in Ireland     14
1901 and 1911     14
Nineteenth-century Census Fragments     19
Census Substitutes     22
Church Records     32
The Parish System     32
Roman Catholic Records     32
Church of Ireland Records     38
Presbyterian Records     42
Methodist Records     43
Quaker Records     44
Property and Valuation Records     47
Irish Place Names     47
Tithe Applotment Books     48
Griffith's Valuation     49
Indexes to Griffith's and Tithe Books     50
Valuation Office Records     52
Estate Records     55
Part 2
Wills     57
Background     57
A Reference Guide     64
The Genealogical Office     72
Genealogical Office Records     73
Archives     77
Research in Genealogical Office Manuscripts     77
Indexes     78
Emigration and the Irish Abroad     80
Emigration Records     80
The Irish Abroad     82
Africa     82
Australasia     83
Europe     89
North America     93
General     93
Passenger Lists     95
Canada     97
Mexico      100
USA     100
West Indies     119
South America     120
The Registry of Deeds     125
The Scope of the Records     125
Registration     126
The Indexes     126
The Nature of the Records     127
Newspapers     131
Information Given     131
Persons Covered     132
Dates and Areas     133
Locations     134
Indexes     134
Directories     136
Dublin Directories     136
Countrywide Directories     139
Provincial Directories     140
The Internet     142
Starting Points     142
Major Sources     144
Other Sources     146
Commissioning Research     149
Occupational Records     150
Army, Lawyers, Medics, Clergy, Teachers, Police     150
Checklist of Sources     158
Part 3
County Source-Lists     166
Census Returns and Substitutes     166
The Internet     166
Local History     166
Local Journals     166
Gravestone Inscriptions      167
Estate Records     167
Place names     167
Source Lists
Antrim     169
Armagh     176
Carlow     182
Cavan     186
Clare     191
Cork     197
Derry/Londonderry     211
Donegal     218
Down     224
Dublin     234
Fermanagh     243
Galway     248
Kerry     256
Kildare     262
Kilkenny     267
Laois     273
Leitrim     276
Limerick     279
Longford     287
Louth     291
Mayo     297
Meath     302
Monaghan     309
Offaly     314
Roscommon     318
Sligo     323
Tipperary     327
Tyrone     333
Waterford     339
Westmeath     344
Wexford     350
Wicklow     354
Roman Catholic Parish Registers     360
Antrim     361
Armagh     364
Belfast      367
Carlow     368
Cavan     371
Clare     374
Cork East     378
Cork North-west     382
Cork South-west     385
Derry/Londonderry     388
Donegal     391
Down     395
Dublin     399
Dublin City     403
Fermanagh     405
Galway West     407
Galway East     409
Kerry     415
Kildare     420
Kilkenny     423
Laois (Queen's)     428
Leitrim     431
Limerick East     434
Limerick West     437
Longford     440
Louth     443
Mayo     446
Meath     453
Monaghan     457
Offaly (King's)     460
Roscommon     463
Sligo     467
Tipperary North     470
Tipperary South     473
Tyrone     476
Waterford     480
Westmeath     483
Wexford     487
Wicklow     491
Variant Names of Roman Catholic Parishes      494
Research Services, Societies, Repositories and Publishers     517
Research Services     517
Societies     523
Repositories     524
Publishers     526
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    Very useful

    This is the only easily available source for some of the valuable information. The book needs a stronger editorial input for the next edition as a few errors are found, carried over from other works or earlier editions. Buy Ryan's 'Irish Records' first, then this one.

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