My Ancestor Was Irish : A Guide to Sources for Family Historians
A concise and straightforward new guide aiming to help all those starting to trace their Irish ancestry. The challenges of Irish research are well known but many records and sources do exist and this book will guide you through the pitfalls and problems, while offering plenty of advice and tips along the way.
Alan Stewart, a former information technology manager, writes a very informative and comprehensive guide for family historians wanting to research their Irish ancestors. There do not appear to be any areas of sourcing information that Stewart has omitted.
This booklet is very clearly set out, most chapters are short which gives the reader useful bite size pieces of information laid out in a chronological format. If one is being super-critical, the only chapter that is a bit confusing is chapter six: Wills and Administrations. But, perhaps the nature of the information available does not lend itself to be set out in any other format. Certainly, this chapter provides the reader with a wealth of information.
The pictures at the start of every chapter give the book a nice touch and help to transport the reader to the era for which Stewart is providing the research information. Illustrations of documents are helpful and well interspersed throughout the book, without taking up too much space and taking one's mind away from the information being given.
Any experienced or novice family historian alike wanting to research their Irish ancestry would find this booklet a valuable, well written and comprehensively researched resource.
Friends of The National Archives.