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Tracing Your Irish Family History

by Anthony Adolph
     
 

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

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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554074587
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
02/20/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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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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