Irish Genealogy Books
Collins Tracing Your Irish Family History
The authoritative and comprehensive guide to tracing your Irish ancestry There's never been a better time to trace your Irish family history. Vast internet resources and DNA testing, as well as access to censuses, religious records and other archive material make this process easier than ever. Anthony Adolph gives you a wide range of tools and information to discover your Irish ancestry. The text is packed with weblinks to enable you to search the great number of records now available online, as well as providing contact information on other sources, such as archives and libraries. He explains how to trace family in Ireland, starting from various countries around the world (including Ireland itself of course), as well as looking at surnames, heraldry, families of non-Irish origin, and poignant stories of migration from Ireland. By reading this book you'll also be drawn into the lives your ancestors led, through the examples, compelling stories and fascinating social history which are interwoven within the text. This is the complete resource for discovering your Irish family history, and as a result, learning more about who you are and where you come from.
In 1845, a disease from America, phytophthora
infestans, ‘potato blight’, swept Ireland. Exacerbated by 3 weeks’ heavy rain at
harvest time, it destroyed 30-40% of the crop. The Fear-Gorta, the
famine-bringing fairy who took the guise of an emaciated beggar, stalked
Ireland’s green hills, and everywhere the life-giving potatoes were reduced to a
The Irish people, once a proud and independent race, but long-since subjugated
to the rapacious rule of the British, died in their hundreds of thousands. Those
who could staggered aboard the typhoid-infested “coffin ships” and risked
everything to reach foreign shores. Even when the famine subsided, the ambition
of every young – and not-so-young- Irishman and woman was to start a new life
elsewhere. Thus, the populations of (in particular) Scotland, Wales, England,
Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand were swelled
with great influxes of Irish people and Irish blood.
Journey of Hope : The Story of Irish Immigration
by Kerby Miller
Kerby Miller America's preeminent historian of Irish immigration, is the author
of Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America. He is
the Middlebush Professor of History at the University of Missouri.
One of the greatest success stories ever told unfolds in the pages of this
compelling, three-dimensional book. Through intimate letters, journals, and
diaries of actual immigrants, Journey of Hope chronicles the Irish in America
and their triumphant rise from adversity and prejudice to prosperity and
prominence. Interactive fold-outs, pockets, and envelopes hold a myriad of
facsimile documents that bring the Irish immigration experience vividly to life.
Unfold the eviction notice that forced desperate Irish peasants from their
homes--and to foreign shores. Read a father's farewell poem to the emigrating
son he would never see again. Or study the letter of a proud Union soldier as he
describes the brave deeds of his Irish-American regiment. From start to finish,
Journey of Hope tells a fascinating story not soon to be forgotten.
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (September 1, 2001)
Emigrants and Exiles : Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America
by Kerby A. Miller
Rich in human detail, penetrating in analysis, this book is social history on an
epic scale. The first "transatlantic" history of the Irish, Emigrants and Exiles
offers the fullest account yet of the diverse waves of Irish emigration to North
Drawing on enormous original research, Miller focuses on the thought and
behavior of the "ordinary" Irish emigrants, as revealed in their personal
letters, diaries, journals, and memoirs as well as in their songs, poems and
folklore. Miller shows that the exile mentality was deeply rooted in Irish
history, culture and personality, and it profoundly affected both the traumatic
course of modern Irish history and the Irish experience in America.
Paperback: 704 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; Reprint edition (January 21, 1988)
Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.0 x 1.3 inches
Going to Ireland: A Genealogical Researcher's
by Sherry Irvine, Nora M. Hickey
In a few weeks, a few months, next year, sometime-- you are going on a
genealogical research trip to Ireland. Success will depend upon having names to
work with and on some knowledge of place and time; progress will be better if
some things are done before departure. How do you prepare, and do your best to
insure research time is well spent? Start with this guide. The authors have
considerable experience in helping genealogists begin their research in North
America and in guiding them through the steps they must take in Ireland.
The book introduces researchers to Irish boundaries, Irish records and Irish
repositories. There are suggestions for what to do at home, outlines of the
contents and services of archives and libraires in Ireland, as well as some
travel advice. The bibliography lists those how-to books and reference works
which will build understanding and even speed the process. As well as being full
of useful information, this handy guide is easy to take along. Don't leave home
A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, Second
Since its publication in 1986, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland has
established itself as a key resource in Irish genealogical research.
Now, with the addition of maps detailing the location of Roman Catholic
parishes in all thirty-two counties of Ireland and Presbyterian
congregations in the nine counties of Northern Ireland, this new 2nd
Edition moves the book to the forefront of Irish genealogical research.
Also, for the first time ever, this one volume contains a complete
geographical picture of the three major religious denominations in
Ireland during the middle years of the 19th century.
And just what is the importance of this? Civil registration for
everyone in Ireland didn't begin until 1864. Prior to that, the only
records of births, marriages, and deaths were found in local parishes.
Therefore, the first step in any Irish research for the first half of
the 19th century and before should be to identify the religious
denomination and parish of your ancestor. Although any of the Townland
Indexes from 1851, 1871, or 1901 will show the location of each civil
parish (which generally corresponds to the boundaries of the Church of
Ireland parishes), it has been much more difficult to uncover the
corresponding Catholic parish or Presbyterian congregation. Until now!
This new 2nd Edition is not only invaluable for tracing your pre-1864
ancestors in church records but also for locating your post-1864
ancestor in civil records, for this volume provides descriptions and
maps of the parochial and civil administrative divisions to which all
major Irish record sources are linked. To aid the researcher in
identifying the precise location of the administrative divisions, and
thus their jurisdiction, Mr. Mitchell has drawn at least four, and
sometimes five, maps for every county. The first county map depicts the
civil/Church of Ireland parishes; the second shows the baronies and
Church of Ireland dioceses; the third map illustrates the poor law
unions and the parishes included within the probate districts serving
that county; the fourth plots Roman Catholic parishes and dioceses; and
the fifth locates Presbyterian congregations for the nine counties of
Northern Ireland. Three maps of Ireland are also included to show the
area covered by each county, diocese, and probate district. In addition,
the book describes all of the major record sources of Ireland.
These maps provide the clues to the Irish origins of millions of
Americans, making this atlas indispensable for tracing ancestors in
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors 2nd edition
Professional Irish genealogist John Grenham has written a book that
combines all the best features of a textbook and a reference book, a
book that carefully explains the elements of Irish research while at the
same time providing an indispensable body of source materials for
immediate use. Thus in Part l the most basic genealogical sources are
gathered together and discussed in light of a research project, while in
Part 2 sources which have a more advanced application are examined. And
in Part 3 there is a reference guide to a comprehensive range of
materials including county source lists, printed family histories, and
Here are some of the highlights of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: Maps
of all Catholic parishes, checklist of sources for wills and
testamentary records, list of manuscripts in the Genealogical Office in
Dublin, itemization of passenger and emigration lists, various county by
county source lists, complete listing of family histories in the
National Library of Ireland, complete listing of all Church of Ireland
parish registers, and a listing of Irish research services, societies,
The tremendous growth of interest in Irish family history since the
publication of the first edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors has
brought to light many new sources and has radically changed the way in
which some familiar sources can be used. These developments--along with
a need for updates and revisions to the existing text--are the primary
reason for publishing a new edition, which includes an expanded account
of Northern Ireland repositories and a more comprehensive description of
the holdings of the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints.
But the most significant advance in this 2nd edition is the inclusion
of a list of Roman Catholic parish records--a 150-page list of copies of
all known Roman Catholic records that can be found in the National
Library of Ireland, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the
LDS Family History Library, and in local Irish Heritage Centers. County
by county and church by church, this list gives the dates, locations,
and formats of all existing copies of baptism, marriage, and burial
records. Keyed to parish and county maps, it is perhaps the single most
important finding aid available to the genealogist.
Families of County Kerry, Ireland: Over Four Thousand Entries from the Archives of the Irish Genealogical Foundation (O'laughlin, Michael C. Book of Irish Families, Great & Small, V. 2.)
This is the 2nd book in our 32 volume 'Irish Families' series. It focuses
only on families found in County Kerry and includes families of all religions
and backgrounds, including old Irish families and settler families. It follows
the master volume to the set, 'The Book of Irish Families, great & small" which
contains information on families from all of Ireland.
An outline of the history of the county as it relates to Irish families, and to
Irish research, is included, along with an exhaustive history of thousands of
6x9, hardbound, gold stamped @ 244 + xxvi pages.
Illustrated, Surname Index. Over 4000 families of Co. Kerry are included, from
ancient times to the coming of the 20th century. Copyright date is 2000.
Ireland: Genealogy & Family History of Counties - Kildare, Wicklow, Carlow
by Michael C. O'Laughlin
The family research guide with real life extracts, including maps, over 40
illustrations, family history notes and coats of arms, a 17th century census and
more for County Kildare, Co. Wicklow and Co. Carlow in Ireland. A boon to
genealogy research and organization for these counties, neatly bound so that
pages easily lay flat. From the archives of the Irish Genealogical Foundation.
Part of the 32 county set on Irish Families.
About the Author: The author/editor, Michael C. O'Laughlin, serves as editor
of the monthly Journal of 'Irish families' (since 1978), and is the most
published author in the history of his field, including works published on all
32 counties of Ireland.
The All New Surnames of Ireland
One of the freshest works to appear in Irish Genealogy in decades. The author
has combined the past knowledge of genealogy scholars with modern day records to
pinpoint past AND present locations of the following families. (There is a map
included for each of the 200 families below ! : Adamson Alcorn Archer Mc Ateer
Barrett Bartley Beattie (Beatty) Beggs Bell Bergin Berry Bonner Boyle Brady
Brennan McBride O Brien BrownBurke Byrne Caldwell McCandless McCann Carlin
Carmody Carroll Carson McCartan McCarthy Carty McCay Clarke McCleary McClelland
Clifford Cochrane Collins McComb McConnell O Connor (Conner, etc..) McConville
Copeland Corrigan Costello Cowan Crowe McCullough Daly Davison Delaney McDermot
Devine McDevitt Doherty DonaghyMcDonald ODonnell Donnelly ODonovan Doran Doyle
Duff Duffy Duncan Dunlop Dunne Elder McElroy English McEvoy McFall Farrell
Farrelly FitzgeraldFlanagan Fleming Flynn Foran
Gallagher Gannon Garland McGarvey McGee Geoghegan Geraghty McGimpsey Given
Glennon McGonagle Gorman McGourty McGrath GreerHackett OHagan Harley Harrington
Hassell Hasson Hayes Healy Heffernan Henderson Henry Hogan Hogg Hopkins Hough
Hussey Hynes Irwin JenningsJohnstone Joyce Kane Keane Kelly Kennedy Kenny
McKeown Kerr Kerrigan Kidd Kieran McKillop King McKinley Lacey McLaughlin
Lavelle LeahyOLeary Lee Logan OLoughlin Loughman Love Lynch Lynn Magee Maguire
Maher Mahon OMahoney Marshall Martin Mathers Maynes Mee MeekMills Molloy
Montgomery Moore Moorhead Moran Moreland Morgan Morton Mullan McMullen Mulvanny
Murphy Murray McMurray McNamara ONeill Nolan McNulty Orr Pierce Quinn Rea ORegan
OReilly Rutherford Ryan Salmon Scott McShane Shannon Sheehan Sheehy Simpson
Sinclair Smith Stewart StitOSullivan Tate Thompson Todd OToole Treacy Vernor
Walsh Warden Warke Whelan White Whitley McWilliams Wilson Yeates
A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Irish Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage
by Dwight A. Radford, Kyle J. Betit
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
* making the most of Internet resources
* using cemetery records, church records, estate records, military records and
The Book of Irish Families: Great & Small, Third Edition
This is the master volume to our 32 volume set on Irish Families, the largest
collection of Irish Family History ever compiled.
The leading reference book on Irish Families, it has more surnames and family
histories than in any other similar work.
(This volume includes family
histories from every county in Ireland. Subsequent volumes go into even more
detail on a county by county basis.)
Also included in this master volume is the
entire index for the first five volumes in the set.
In addition to the 2,000 family
histories, over 18,000 names are included from the Master Book of Irish
Surnames, which is a location index for Irish family names.
The Coats of Arms of
Irish and settler families in Ireland are given here, along with the source from
which they came.
The Scots-Irish in the Carolinas (Kennedy, Billy. Scots-Irish Chronicles.)
The Carolina regions of the United States of America were settled in large
numbers during the 18th century by tens of thousands of Ulster-Scots
Presbyterians, who left their native shores for reasons of religious persecution
and economic deprivation.
In this third volume of the series on the hardy Scots-Irish communities who
tamed the wilderness of the American frontier, journalist-author Billy Kennedy
heads on a journey from the north of Ireland to the port of Charleston, South
Carolina and the Carolina Piedmont, along the Great Wagon Road from
Pennsylvania, through the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, into the western
highlands of North Carolina and down to the historic Waxhaws, where President
Andrew Jackson spent his childhood and early youth.
On this trail of the Scots-Irish in the Carolinas, five American Presidents
emerge as direct descendants of the first frontier Carolina settlers. Also, John
C. Calhoun, American Vice President for two terms, was the son of an Ulsterman
who settled in the Carolina upcountry and literally hauled himself up by his
bootlaces from a log cabin to a position as one of the nation's most influential
The culture, political heritage, and legacy of the Scots-Irish so richly adorn
the historical fabric of American life. Through this series on the Scots-Irish,
people on both sides of the Atlantic may develop an awareness of our illustrious
past which will assist them in facing the future with renewed insight and
wisdom. The contributions of the Scots-Irish to the building of the great
American nation were profound and deserve our full recognition.
In Search of Your British & Irish Roots A Complete Guide to Tracing Your
Whether you conduct your research in person or by mail, this celebrated
manual--now in its Fourth Edition--will guide you in finding your ancestors in
Britain or Ireland. Noted genealogist Angus Baxter provides detailed
instructions for locating records abroad and shows how easy it is to do it by
mail--or on a vacation trip! He begins with step-by-step instructions on drawing
up a family tree, and explains how to use sources close at hand. The search
continues by correspondence with family history societies, record offices, and
other organizations listed here, before concluding with a possible--but not
essential--trip to the source, Britain or Ireland. The new Fourth Edition of
this classic work includes discussions of the following topics: * The transfer
of important genealogical records from Chancery Lane and St. Catherine's House
to the new Family Records Centre in London--most notably, civil registration
records, census returns, and records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury *
The 1986, 1996, and 1998 reorganization of counties in England and Wales and the
latest information on where to find local records. Where available, URLs are
given for county record offices (CROs), as well as for major repositories. Phone
and fax numbers, if available, are also given for CROs and other archives * The
British Library transfer of many of its collections from the Great Russell
Street location (inside the British Museum) to a new facility at St. Pancras,
London * The establishment of the Irish Genealogical Project * The 1998
amalgamation of the Public Record Office and State Paper Office into the
National Archives of Ireland In the end, Baxter demonstrates how the threads of
fact can be woven into a rich and detailed family history, the ultimate goal of
every searcher determined to find his family roots.
Families of County Cork, Ireland (Vol. 4) (O'laughlin, Michael C. Book of Irish Families, Great & Small, V. 4.)
One of the historic volumes from the 32 book set on Irish Families from the I. G. F.
and the Journal of Irish Families. This is the story and history of families in
Ancient Cork families are included. Rare families found in Cork are given in
this historic work too, some are found only once in the Co. Cork archives here.
Settler families from England, Scotland and the continent who subsequently
arrive in Co. Clare are included.
When needed, sources are given for further research on your family. Family
castles, dates of occupation and locations are given. Ordinary Cork people, from
the 17th to the 19th century are included as well.
This book greatly expands upon the families given in the first volume to the
set, The Book of Irish Families, great & small. Many more Cork families are
given here, and additional information can be found on families included in the
first volume to the series.
Irish Families: Their Names, Arms, and Origins
(Genealogy, Family History) (Hardcover)
by Edward MacLysaght
- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Irish Academic
Press; 4th Rep edition (July 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 0716523647
- Product Dimensions: 1.0 x 8.5 x
The Surnames of Ireland (Paperback)
by Edward MacLysaght
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: Irish Academic Press; Reprint edition (June 1991)
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
Irish Records: Sources for Family and Local History (Hardcover)
by James G. Ryan
Hardcover: 668 pages
Publisher: Ancestry.com; Revised edition (May 1997)
Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.0 x 1.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds.