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Tracing Your Irish Family History

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The all-in-one guide to tracing Irish ancestry.

A total of 36 million Americans claim Irish ancestry — more than 10% of the total population and almost nine times the population of Ireland itself. Thousands of Americans travel there in search of their family roots. Tracing Your Irish Family History is an exceptionally useful resource for these data-hungry explorers.

In this book, genealogist Anthony Adolph gives insider tips on how best to ...

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Overview

The all-in-one guide to tracing Irish ancestry.

A total of 36 million Americans claim Irish ancestry — more than 10% of the total population and almost nine times the population of Ireland itself. Thousands of Americans travel there in search of their family roots. Tracing Your Irish Family History is an exceptionally useful resource for these data-hungry explorers.

In this book, genealogist Anthony Adolph gives insider tips on how best to locate and access specific family information in Ireland, including county archives and libraries, local publications, tax rolls, censuses, religious and civil registers, court and military books, as well as many other more obscure records. He also includes good advice on researching sources in the U.S., Canada, England, Wales, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Fortunately the Internet, digitized archives and DNA sampling have made it easier than ever to reconstruct a family tree.

Abundant photographs, illustrations and authoritative text tell the compelling story of Irish society and emigration, from the early invasions to the Potato Famine to today's prominent families worldwide. Adolph also explains how critical historical events in Ireland affected how and where its people lived. He gives step-by-step guidance on vital data resources such as Griffith's Valuation and Tithe Applotments, Fiants and Poor Law Records, Irish place names and Anglicization, surname meanings, prominent pedigrees, genetics, ancient Irish roots and heraldry.

Tracing Your Irish Family History is the essential research tool that gives an authentic historical perspective on Ireland and the lives of the Irish — a core reference for researching an Irish family tree.

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Editorial Reviews

Good Times
Anthony Adolph offers his expertise on how to access information in Ireland... includes useful tips on finding resources outside Ireland
— Liz Grogan
Family Chronicle
Shows you how to unravel the story of your Irish roots.... An excellent resource for directing your research and putting it in an authentic historical context.
The National Post
[This book is] well written and lavishly illustrated, so it's possible to find something of interest on almost any page
— Dave Obee
www.GlobalGenealogy.com
Whether you have some idea of how and where your ancestors lived or at a total loss about how to start your search, renowned genealogist Anthony Adolph shows you how to unravel your Irish family history generation by generation and how to unlock your search when the trail goes cold. Peppering his text are compelling, humorous and often moving stories that illustrate what others have discovered in their journey. Tracing Your Irish Family History gives you an expert helping hand in retracing your family's past, and includes. Anthony Adolph describes in detail how to process step by step, source by source, through your genealogical search, illustrating the process with real-life examples along the way.
www.IrishCentral.com
Tracing Your Irish Family History is an ideal jump off point for any budding genealogist, giving professional tips on how to locate family information in Ireland, including in the county archives, tax rolls, censuses, religious and civil registers, as well as many other sources. Guided by Adolph, who is himself a genealogist, he gives good advice on how to search the records in the U.S. and Canada and further afield. The book's main achievement is its compelling layout and accessibility, but behind that is the author's deep knowledge of the nation and its history.
GlobalGenealogy.com
Gives you an expert helping hand in retracing your family's past... illustrating the process with real-life examples along the way.
IrishCentral.com
The book's main achievement is its compelling layout and accessibility, but behind that is the authors deep knowledge
The National Post - Dave Obee
The basic rules of family history research apply to just about every country.... But there are many variations on the formula, which is why it's important to have a book that is specific to your country of origin... [This book is] well written and lavishly illustrated, so it's possible to find something of interest on almost any page.... Fun fact from the book: Zorro was Irish.
Good Times - Liz Grogan
If you're willing to do a little digging, genealogist and author Anthony Adolph offers his expertise on how to access information in Ireland.... The book also includes useful tips on finding resources outside Ireland and on the internet.
The News Gazette (Champaign, IL) - Joan Griffis
Of all the how-to books I have ever seen, Adolph's are the most beautiful... One can easily learn the basics for researching in Scotland and/or Ireland from Adolph's new works but more important, become truly informed on the historical background of these countries and ultimately learn why certain records were created and how they can be accessed. Photographs of ancient ruins as well as the charming countryside make one want to visit one's homeland, whether it is Scotland or Ireland!
Library Journal
A reprint of the 2007 Collins edition, this valuable guide is divided into four parts and 25 chapters. Its lively text explains the steps necessary to finding a specific Irish immigrant and, ultimately, to determining ancient Irish lineage. Adolph (Tracing Your Family History) offers a smorgasbord of resources, both print and electronic. And with an eye to increasing an understanding of the Irish experience, sidebars give specific genealogical case studies, fascinating historical tidbits, and neighborhood sketches by artists like William Thackeray. Filled with stunning photographs and document reproductions, this book is a vital addition to any genealogical collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554074587
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/20/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 498,112
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Adolph is a professional genealogist, writer and broadcaster. He has written many articles for the genealogical press and appeared on the Discovery Channel's Ancestor Hunters.

Ryan Tubridy is a leading TV personality in the UK.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
How to use this book
Abreviations used in the text
Part 1: Tracing back to Ireland: first steps

  • First, find your immigrant
  • Using and storing records
Part 2: Tracing back to Ireland: country by country
  • England and Wales
  • Scotland
  • United States
  • Canada
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
Part 3: Tracing your roots in Ireland
  • Introducing Ireland
  • The divisions of Ireland
  • Griffith's Valuation and Tithe
    Applotments
  • Civil Registration
  • Censuses
  • Religious registers
  • Occupational records
  • Dictionary of Irish sources
Part 4: Tracing ancient Irish roots
  • Irish names
  • Recorded pedigrees
  • Heraldry
  • Milesius was your ancestor
  • Ancient Irish roots
  • The invasions of Ireland
  • Modern chieftains
  • Genetics

Useful addresses
Index
Acknowledgments & picture credits

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Preface

Foreword

Recently, I interviewed an Irish economist who was explaining the phenomenal impact of the Irish in Britain. From Lennon/McCartney to Wayne Rooney and even Tony Blair, the Irish strain has always produced second and third generation performers. In London, some of the major landmark buildings are being snapped up by men who started life making tea on building sites off Regent Street. So, is this reverse-colonization or just the natural upshot of an emigration-prone nation?

In America, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy helped not only to put the emigrant Irish on the map but also to take them out of the "no dogs, no blacks, no Irish" generation. Ever since, nearly every American president has found some class of connection to this small but beautiful island. As I write, Senator Hillary Clinton continues to parade her Irish roots and Barack Obama has claimed a bloodline to Co. Offaly.

How times have changed in Ireland. There have always been Irish sons and daughters on the move in search of better times, but the great "brain drain" that characterized generation after generation of migrants from the Famine to the dark economic days of the 1980s has now halted, thanks to the welcome appearance of peace in the 1990s. A new prosperity has stopped Irishmen and women leaving and brought many of them home to an emotional reunion with families who had expected empty places at the dinner table forever.

With over 70 million people across the globe claiming Irish ancestry, the arrival of Anthony Adolph's book couldn't be more apt. A hotel in Dublin recently hired an archivist to help tourists trace their roots as part of the service provided. Such is the demand for an interest in the past that people feel the desire to investigate further. For those who can't make it to Ireland or wish to research before they travel, this genealogical manual will do the trick. It's accessible and helpful as it guides you through the potentially fraught route to your past. The importance of history and the respect that the author has for the past is evident on every page.

Each of us has a story, first generation Irish and beyond, and here is an opportunity to shine a torch into the past and discover what lies beneath. Whatever you find, be it skeletons or gold dust, it promises to be a fascinating and enjoyable journey. Ce astra per ardua.

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