Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 192 pages
Author: D. Ouimette
Year: 2005
ISBN: 9781593312930
Other: b&w photos, appendix, glossary, bibliog, index
Publisher: Ancestry

'If you are lucky enough to be Irish, you are lucky enough' ... so says the Irish proverb. And with more people of Irish descent living outside of Ireland than on the island itself, you just might be that lucky. 'Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide' is the ultimate resource to help you trace your Irish roots back to the Emerald Isle.

Find the many Irish family history records that have become available in recent years.

  • Explore the best family history sources in Ireland, including birth, marriage, and death records; church records; census records; and much more.
  • Learn about Irish surnames, and the variants that they have
  • Discover Internet sites for searching Irish heritage.
  • Prepare for a successful family history trip to Ireland

The rewarding experience of finding your Irish ancestors awaits.


Getting Started
1. Basic Principles
2. Time Line of Irish History
3. Surnames and Given Names
4. Place Names and Land Divisions
5. The Irish Overseas

Major Records
6. Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates
7. Church Records
8. Censuses and Census Substitutes
9. Land and Property Records

Other Records
10. Gravestone Inscriptions
11. Newspapers
12. Commercial and Social Directories
13. Wills and Administrations
14. National School Registers
15. Occupation Records

Where to Research
16. Internet Sites
17. The Family History Library
18. Irish Heritage Centres
19. Archives and Libraries
20. Visiting Ireland

Appendix: Registration Districts
Glossary: Terms Used in Irish Family History

There have been several guide books written over the years and now another has recently made an appearance, Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide, by Dave Ouimette. It offers what I call a 'soft landing', presenting Irish research in a friendly encouraging style that avoids intimidation. The book sticks to basics, beginning with general research principles and useful background on history, names, place names, and migration. Nine chapters cover the most important record groups, with the stress on the past 200 years. Topics covered include civil registration, church records, censuses and other lists of heads of households, land records, newspapers, directories, and wills.
'Finding Your Irish Ancestors' can be read through in an afternoon, which is a good idea in order to get an overall impression of the work that lies ahead. You will come away with a sense that some can be done online, quite a bit can be done using LDS resources and some work must be done in Ireland. Going back to the appropriate chapters as work progresses will help you choose the right route to the records you need'. - Sherry Irvine, Ancestry Daily News 6 December 2005

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