Irish Family and Local History Handbook 2
The population of Ireland is nearly six and a half million people. Historical events in Ireland provided a legacy to the world with nearly 70 million people having Irish ancestry. Of these as many as 35 million Americans and one in five British people are of Irish descent.
The Irish Family and Local History Handbook2 has been created to help people research their Irish ancestry. Adopting the style established over several years this will provide essential guidance for the beginner as well as the experienced researcher.
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The Handbook will be indispensable for the amateur historian or professional genealogist researching family or local history in the island of Ireland. Copiously illustrated, it comprises independent articles by leading names in the fast-growing field of Irish genealogy, among them Chris Paton and Karen Foy. There is insight into the Irish Diaspora, which came about mainly through emigration to escape from dire poverty and from transportation, which could be meted out for quite minor crimes.
All the basics are covered from checking the vital records of birth, marriage, and death in civil and religious registers, and using Griffith's Valuation, which is - effectively - a census substitute. But with its wide remit, the Handbook also covers how to date photographs and the use of museums for background information. Research cameos add to its distinctiveness - the Irish lad from Inchigeela who won a VC in 1915, the child labourer who became an Irish ambassador, and the ancestral trail of Barack Obama. From these lively stories you can gather hints and pointers to help you with your own research.
Produced electronically, the Handbook went straight from computer to printer, thus bypassing the proofreading stage, which would have picked up irritating typographical errors. It lacks a map showing the provinces and counties, and there is no proper subject index. But these annoyances are outweighed by the sheer amount of information, its breadth, and the potential leads for your research, which include a 16-page Irish Genealogical Services Directory.
Tracing Irish ancestry need not be daunting, even though some important records were lost in the Four Courts fire of 1922. Whatever your starting point, you will certainly find this book helpful for your research, and it may also open up new lines of enquiry.
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