The best book ever written on Irish genealogy, this new edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors retains the familiar structure of previous editions but is now more useful than ever. Combining the key features of a textbook and a reference book, it describes the various steps in the research process while at the same time providing an indispensable body of source materials for immediate use.
The biggest change from previous editions is in its approach to the Internet. Online research is now an essential part of any Irish family history project, so the 4th edition serves as a directory to online records, discussing their uses and outlining research strategies. The sheer scale of the data available online makes a guide such as this all the more essential, and in the hands of a master it is indispensable.
Along with its step-by-step instructions in the location and use of traditional genealogical records, its discussion of civil records of birth, marriage, and death, as well as land records and wills, and its list of Roman Catholic parish records and source lists—all expanded, updated, and indexed--it is easily the most useful book in Irish genealogy.
“The most comprehensive and authoritative book on Irish genealogy available.”—Heritage Quest
“Highly recommended for anyone doing Irish research.”—Federation of Genealogical Societies Forum
“It is one of the most up-to-date and thorough source books for serious researchers of Irish family history.”—American Reference Books Annual
The author of many books and articles on Irish genealogy, John Grenham was the first Genealogist-in-Residence at the Dublin City Library and Archive. He is a Fellow of both The Irish Genealogical Research Society and The Genealogical Society of Ireland. Since 2009 he has written the “Irish Roots” column for The Irish Times.
4th ed., 350 pp., illustrated, indexed, paperback. 2012. ISBN 978-0-8063-1897-4. $37.95