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Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Complete Guide (4th edition)

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 608 pages
Author: J. Grenham
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9780717150243
Other: b&w photos, maps, addresses, index
Publisher: Gill & Macmillan

Genealogical research in Ireland has always been dependent on records that are more fragmented, localised and difficult to access that anywhere else. The internet is changing that. More and more records are coming online and this book is an indispensable to what these records are, where they are, and what they mean.

This fourth edition of 'Tracing Your Irish Ancestors' embraces online research as an essential part of any Irish family history project. John Grenham includes detailed guides to Irish online records throughout the book, discussing the idiosyncrasies of the digital versions of sources and outlining research strategies. The sheer scale of digitisation can make it both easier and more confusing to do research, and makes a guide such as this all the more essential.

Along with its step-by-step instructions in the location and use of traditional genealogical records, its discussion of civil records of birth, marriage, and death, as well as land records and wills, and its list of Roman Catholic parish records and source lists—all expanded, updated, and indexed--it is easily the most useful book in Irish genealogy.

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Fourth Edition
- Where to start
- What you can expect to find
- Starting research online
- US sources for identifying Irish place of origin
- Canadian sources for identifying Irish place of origin
- Australian sources for identifying Irish place of origin
- British sources for identifying Irish place of origin
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1. General Register Office Records
- History
- Access in the Republic
- Access in Northern Ireland
- The Mormons
- Information recorded
- Genealogical relevance
- Research in the indexes
- GRO research online
- Research technique
- Living relatives
- Late registrations, army records etc.
- Using civil records with other records
2. Census Records
- Official censuses in Ireland
- 1901 and 1911
- Nineteenth-century census fragments
- Census substitutes
- Sixteenth and seventeenth century
- Eighteenth and nineteenth century
- Various dates
3. Church Records
- The parish system
- Roman Catholic records
- Church of Ireland records
- Presbyterian records
- Methodist records
- Quaker records
- Jewish records
- What's online?
4. Property and Valuation Records
- Irish placenames
- Tithe Applotment Books
- Griffith's Valuation
- Using Griffith's online
- Other indexes to Griffith's and Tithe Books
- Valuation Office records
- Estate records
5. The Internet
- Research online
- Sources online
- Starting points
- Discussion groups
- Geography
- Surname sites
- Archives and libraries
- Online family trees
- Commercial sites
- Commissioning research
- Lost websites
6. Wills
Part 1. Background
Part 2. A reference guide
7. The Genealogical Office
- Genealogical Office records
- Research in Genealogical Office manuscripts
8. Emigration and the Irish Abroad
- Africa
- Australasia
- Europe
- India
- North America (Canada, Mexico, USA)
- West Indies
- South America
9. The Registry of Deeds
- The scope of the records
- Registration
- The indexes
- The nature of the records
10. Newspapers
- Information given
- Persons covered
- Dates and areas
- Locations
- Indexes
11. Directories
- Dublin directories
- Countrywide directories
- Provincial directories
12. Occupational Records
Part 1. Army, lawyers, medics, clergy, teachers
Part 2. Checklist of sources
13. County Source Lists
- Census returns and substitutes
- The internet
- Local histories etc.
- Local journals
- Gravestone inscriptions
- Estate records
- Placenames
14. Roman Catholic Parish Registers
- Antrim
- Armagh
- Belfast
- Carlow
- Cavan
- Clare
- Cork East
- Cork North-West
- Cork South-West
- Derry/Londonderry
- Donegal
- Down
- Dublin
- Dublin City
- Fermanagh
- Galway East
- Galway West
- Kerry
- Kildare
- Kilkenny
- Laois (Queen's County)
- Leitrim
- Limerick East
- Limerick West
- Longford
- Louth
- Mayo
- Meath
- Monaghan
- Offaly (King's County)
- Roscommon
- Sligo
- Tipperary North
- Tipperary South
- Tyrone
- Waterford
- Westmeath
- Wexford
- Wicklow
15. Research Services, Societies, Repositories and Publishers
- Research Services
- Societies
- Repositories
- Publishers

“The most comprehensive and authoritative book on Irish genealogy available.” - Heritage Quest

“Highly recommended for anyone doing Irish research.” - Federation of Genealogical Societies Forum

“It is one of the most up-to-date and thorough source books for serious researchers of Irish family history.” - American Reference Books Annual

And if you want a true review of this book, have a read of "The Fairie Folk Hid my Ancestors" blog on this book

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