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A genealogist's guide to discovering your Irish ancestors : how to find and record your unique heritage
Radford, Dwight A.
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Cincinnati, Ohio : Betterway Books, [2001]

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296 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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CS483 .R33 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
CS483 .R33 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Ethnic Collection
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CS483 .R33 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Family genealogists will find easy step-by-step suggestions for determining an Irish ancestor's place of origin, and advice for researching Irish records in America and on the Emerald Isle itself. Readers will find a wealth of information, such as: * the basic strategies of Irish research * working with home sources * accessing, making sense of and working with Irish records inside and outside of Ireland * making the most of Internet resources * using cemetery records, church records, estate records, military records and more! Dwight A. Radford and Kyle J. Betit are widely respected in the field of genealogy as Irish researchers. For the past six years, they have built their reputation through articles in their highly acclaimed journal, the Irish at Home and Abroad, as well as in other genealogical publications. They speak internationally on the subject of Irish research and live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Library Journal Review

In this expansion of their 1998 collaboration, Ireland: A Genealogical Guide, the authors begin with a recap of basic search strategies, such as understanding given names and surnames and options in research depending on whether or not an ancestor's place in Ireland is known. Several chapters are then devoted to resources for locating Irish immigrants in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and the British West Indies a vital approach, as many beginners want to "jump the pond" straight to Ireland while ignoring non-Irish sources that can provide valuable data. Coverage of Irish sources such as civil registrations, emigration lists, tax, estate and land records, military records, and cemetery, census, and church data includes the historical significance of the record types and what sort of information can be found within. Other topics covered are Irish place names and administrative divisions, heritage centers, Internet resources, inventories and catalogs, research guides, and society records. Each chapter refers the reader to numerous print sources, web sites, addresses of societies, and repositories and concludes with a suggested reading list. Copious icons and illustrations point out tips and techniques to make one's research more fruitful. An appendix of archives and libraries is also included. Where John Grenham's Tracing Your Irish Ancestors (LJ 5/15/00. 2d ed.) focuses more on identifying specific Irish records by location than general search strategies, this book puts more emphasis on introducing beginners to successful research methods as well as Irish and non-Irish sources. Highly recommended for public libraries; those with the means might purchase extra copies for circulation. The authors are the former publishers of the journal, The Irish at Home and Abroad. Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 What to Do: The Basic Strategiesp. 3
2 United Statesp. 14
3 Canadap. 53
4 Australiap. 87
5 New Zealandp. 101
6 Great Britainp. 113
7 The British West Indiesp. 138
8 An Introduction to Irish Researchp. 158
9 Administrative Divisions and Place Names: The Key to Irish Researchp. 165
10 Cemetery Recordsp. 170
11 Censuses and Name Listsp. 176
12 Church Recordsp. 180
13 Civil Registrationp. 199
14 Emigration Listsp. 205
15 Estate Recordsp. 209
16 Heritage Centresp. 214
17 Internet Resourcesp. 225
18 Inventories and Catalogsp. 229
19 Land Recordsp. 231
20 Military Recordsp. 239
21 Research Guides and Reference Materialp. 248
22 Society Recordsp. 258
23 Taxation Recordsp. 264
24 Wills and Administrationsp. 277
Appendix Archives and Librariesp. 284
Indexp. 291