Limerick is a large Irish county in the province of Munster. It is where the Shannon, Ireland's longest river meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is a pleasant, largely rural county with prosperous farms centred around the market towns of Askeaton, Abbeyufeale, Kilmallock, Newcastle West, Raheen and Rathkeale.
The city of Limerick is Ireland's third largest and has an ancient history as a port and as the site of the final battle of the Williamite wars whose outcome was central to modern Irish history.
Popular Limerick surnames include Ahern, Bourke, Cussen, Hayes, O'Brien, O'Connor, O'Donnell, O'haughnessy, McEnery, McNamara, Madigan, Murphym, Ryan, Walsh and Woulfe.
Many of its people have emigrated, particularly in the aftermath of the Great Famine. Its population dwindled from 330,000 before the Famine to 158,000 in 1891.
This second edition of Tracing Your Limerick Ancestors sets out the genealogical sources that are available, where they can be obtained, and how to use each record to the best effect.
It is well illustrated with maps, examples of the records to be found; and other relevant material. There is also a comprehensive index.
Chapter 1. Getting Started
Chapter 2. Administrative Divisions
Chapter 3. Land Records
Chapter 4. Census and Census Substitutes
Chapter 5. Church Records
Chapter 6. Civil Registration
Chapter 7. Wills, Administrations and Marriage Licences
Chapter 8. Grave Records and Inscriptions
Chapter 9. Newspapers
Chapter 10. Commercial Directories
Chapter 11. Family Histories
Chapter 12. Further Reading and Useful Sources
Chapter 13. Archives, Services and Addresses
This is one of a series of guides for those wishing to trace that most elusive of subterranean, botanical oddities ó Irish roots.
It seems nowadays that the whole world wants to be Irish; well, except for the wonderful irony of a million or so souls in the north-east of the island who want nothing to do with Irish roots.
But then this book is not aimed at that market. Indeed, I always find it difficult to see exactly which market these books are aimed at. I mean, why would you want to know your family tree in the first place? OK, Iím vaguely aware that I have a family line stretching to Cork and another to the Shetlands ó but more than that Iíve never been fagged to find out.
However, there are those who want to explore their history, and for them this series is indispensable.
The Limerick version spells out exactly what to do if you suspect your forebears came from the land of Thomond. How to access the usual sources is gone into in some details: records of birth and death; church records; tithe appointment books: land records; and the census records.
If your ancestors did indeed hail from the county, you shouldnít have too much difficulty getting back to at least one of your grandparentsí lines. If itís the sort of thing, which fascinates you ó or if you think youíre in line for a pay-out from a fat Limerick will ó then this book is an absolutely vital tool". - Malcolm, The Irish Post