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How to trace your Irish ancestors
Maxwell, Ian (Social historian), author.
Third edition.
Publication Information:
London : Robinson, 2019.
Physical Description:
228 pages ; 20 cm
Family history arouses the detective in us as we all attempt to understand the lives of our ancestors and the period of history through which they lived. In recent years, there have been many new developments that have made this quest even more exciting and rewarding. The most significant change is the amount of information that can be accessed online. In the past, accessing key Irish records necessitated travelling to archives, libraries and heritage centres across the country and searching through often complex historical collections. Now, researchers have many of these records at their fingertips. The 1901 and 1911 Irish censuses have been made available online for the first time, along with millions of historic Irish births, deaths and marriage records. These developments have changed the way family historian carry out research. Ian Maxwell explains not only how to get the most of online resources, but also how to make good use out of church records, school records, school registers, workhouse collections and a wealth of other material that can be found in Irish archival institutions. Whether Brexit has you searching for long lost Irish relatives or if you're simply interested to learn more about your family's past, this informative handbook, now in its third edition, is the only book you need.
General Note:
"A How to Book".

Previous edition: Oxford: How To Books, 2009.

"An essential guide to researching and documenting the family histories of Ireland's people." -- cover.
Introduction -- Where to begin? -- Administrative divisions -- Civil registration -- Census returns and old age pension claims -- Census substitutes -- Wills and testamentary records -- The workhouse -- School records -- Migration -- Emigration -- Landed estate records -- Taxation and valuation records -- Church records -- Military records -- Election records -- Printed sources -- Law and order -- Local government -- Online -- Appendix I: Major Irish repositories -- Appendix II: Useful contacts.
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