Irish Family History : A Beginner's Guide
If you want to research your Irish family history, then this book provides the basic guidance you need. It introduces you to the techniques of Irish family history research, guides you in the use of archives, libraries and the internet, and suggests numerous sources which might help you trace your Irish ancestors.
This is another very useful guide published by The Family History Partnership. The author is a prolific writer on family history and this book is a welcome addition. It is as the sub-title indicates - a beginners' guide. Nothing too heavy or complicated here, just some basic guidelines to get researchers started and with some clear advice and suggestions about where to look and how to go about the task-at-hand.
In essence the book offers a snapshot on various aspects of family history in an Irish context, including sources: libraries, archives, family history societies and the Internet. Consideration is given to surnames and their origins, and the complexities of the administration and geographical structure of the records for birth, marriage, death, the Census and other miscellaneous sources. There is much of interest and help for the beginner.
There is a lot crammed into its 48-pages, including a useful index, although given the size of the book it is hardly needed as everything is clearly set out and easily found. I would have preferred numbered sections and sub-sections but this is a minor quibble. The book would be a very welcome resource for those at the beginning of the 'family history research journey' and a useful stepping-stone to more advanced research. And at a very modest price the book can be thoroughly recommended.
Dr Tony Wakeford
Friends of The National Archives