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  • Series: Finding Your Ancestors
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Ancestry Publishing (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593312938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593312930
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gary Shea on September 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide by David S. Ouimette is Ancestry's Irish entry in its collection of family history titles. My initial thoughts on learning of the book's release were positive. For the avocation, more is better. Another book on Irish genealogy spreads the word further. It has the potential of bringing new people into the field. On a personal level there might be some new information that could advance my research.

There are some things about this book that I love. The pictures of Ireland are grand. It's easy to see that the reproductions of records and sources were carefully chosen. And they are numerous. I really liked the "Extract from Census Return of 1851" an old age pension claim dating from 1915. The tables are informative and clear, especially "Irish Family History Sources" and "U.S. Census Information Helpful for Tracing Irish Immigrant Origins." Two case studies, one on using the Canceled Land Books and another on researching Royal Irish Constabulary records, were inspiring and a pleasure to read.

On balance however there was more about the book that troubled than pleased me. The author uses more words than necessary. Here's an example: "Guilds often kept meticulous records of their membership, supplying the modern genealogist with family history details about early ancestors." The part of the quote I italicized appears in various forms in various places throughout the book.

Ouimette too gingerly deals with the reality of Irish research that every genealogist faces: the dearth of typical records and why. While the example of President John F.
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