New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 124 pages
Author: B. Mitchell
Year: 2020
ISBN: 9780806359083
Other: 4th ed., maps, tables
Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company

When Brian Mitchell wrote the original Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy in 1991, with revisions in 2002 and 2008, access to Irish record sources was through checking original records, and microfilm copies in record offices. Genealogists now, however, have ready access online to most of Irish record sources. Therefore, Brian Mitchell has completely revised his guide to meet the needs of today's researchers and direct them to the most current websites and resources.

Mr Mitchell's original premise remains the same: that the examination of seven major records will throw quite detailed light on most peoples' Irish ancestry. By skillfully blending Irish history, record sources, case studies, maps, charts, and his own mastery of the subject, Mitchell has put together a masterful handbook to Irish genealogical research.

Following introductory chapters on the background of Irish genealogy and how to get started in your research, he describes the nature and uses of all significant record sources in Ireland, including but not limited to civil and parish registers, gravestone inscriptions, wills, census returns and census substitutes, the Griffith’s Valuation, tithe books, newspapers, hearth money rolls, the registry of deeds, estate records, and ordnance survey memoirs. Also included are the addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and websites for the major record repositories, as well as a section discussing DNA and genetic genealogy as applicable to Irish genealogy research. Finally, Mitchell offers a step-by-step guide to tracing your Irish ancestors, first itemising the three steps researchers should take first, and then including case studies to illustrate how to apply these steps.

Enriched by the author's experience as a professional geographer as well as a leading Irish genealogical researcher, the New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy is an invaluable tool for all those seeking Irish ancestors.

Preface to New Pocket Guide

Background and Getting Started
 - Genealogy, an enjoyable hobby
 - Irish history and genealogy
 - Getting started overseas
 - First steps

Major Record Sources
 - Civil Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths
 - Church Registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
 - Gravestone Inscriptions
 - Wills
 - 1901 and 1911 Census Returns
 - Mid-19th Century Griffith's Valuation
 - Early-19th Century Tithe Applotment Books

Other Record Sources
 - 19th Century Census Returns
 - Newspapers
 - Directories
 - School Registers
 - 177th and 18th Century Census Substitutes
 - Plantation and Settlement Records
 - Military Records
 - Workhouse Records
 - The Registry of Deeds
 - Estate Records
 - Ordnance Survey Memoirs

Insights and Strategies
 - Irish Administrative Divisions and Placenames
 - Surnames and Irish Identity
 - Irish Passenger Lists
 - DNA and Genetic Genealogy
 - The Major record Offices of Ireland
 - Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: A Three-step Guide
 - Case Study: Tracing the Irish Ancestry of Alderman James McCarron
 - Sources for Tracing 17th and 18th Century Scots-Irish Ancestors
 - Case Study: Tracing the Scots-Irish Ancestry of Abraham Hillhouse


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