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A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Irish Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage (Genealogist's Guides to Discovering Your Ancestor...) Paperback – January 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Genealogist's Guides to Discovering Your Ancestor...
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Books (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558705775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558705777
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

In this expansion of their 1998 collaboration, Ireland: A Genealogical Guide, the authors begin with a recap of basic search strategies, such as understanding given names and surnames and options in research depending on whether or not an ancestor's place in Ireland is known. Several chapters are then devoted to resources for locating Irish immigrants in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and the British West Indies a vital approach, as many beginners want to "jump the pond" straight to Ireland while ignoring non-Irish sources that can provide valuable data. Coverage of Irish sources such as civil registrations, emigration lists, tax, estate and land records, military records, and cemetery, census, and church data includes the historical significance of the record types and what sort of information can be found within. Other topics covered are Irish place names and administrative divisions, heritage centers, Internet resources, inventories and catalogs, research guides, and society records. Each chapter refers the reader to numerous print sources, web sites, addresses of societies, and repositories and concludes with a suggested reading list. Copious icons and illustrations point out tips and techniques to make one's research more fruitful. An appendix of archives and libraries is also included. Where John Grenham's Tracing Your Irish Ancestors (LJ 5/15/00. 2d ed.) focuses more on identifying specific Irish records by location than general search strategies, this book puts more emphasis on introducing beginners to successful research methods as well as Irish and non-Irish sources. Highly recommended for public libraries; those with the means might purchase extra copies for circulation. The authors are the former publishers of the journal, The Irish at Home and Abroad. Elaine M. Kuhn, Allen Cty. P.L., Ft. Wayne, IN
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Dwight Radford and Kyle Betit widely respected in the field of genealogy as Irish researchers. For the past six years, they have built their reputation through articles in their highly acclaimed journal, The Irish at Home and Abroad.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
A Genealogist's Guide To Discovering Your Irish Ancestors was specifically designed and written for the aspiring genealogist seeking guidelines for determining an Irish ancestor's place of origin. Dwight Radford and Kyle Betit effectively collaborate to present sound advice for researching Irish records both domestically and overseas; basic strategies essential to successful Irish research; special advice about tracing Scots-Irish ancestors; practical advice for accessing Irish cemeteries, land, church, estate, census, and military records; how to access civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths, as well as emigration lists; sources and strategies for researching Irish ancestors who settled in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, and the Caribbean, as well as timely information on Internet resources and favorite sites on the World Wide Web. Highly recommended for personal and community library genealogical research reference collections, A Genealogist's Guide To Discovering Your Irish Ancestors offers both the novice and the experienced genealogist with everything necessary to trace and record their family's Irish history.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pat Wood on March 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent resource for both advanced beginners and experienced reseachers. Well organized, conversational, and very factual. Specific strategies for solving a variety of research challenges are developed and illustrated. The authors want the researcher to be able to locate the specific piece of Irish soil where the ancestor lived.
Betit and Radford do not attempt to address every record type or resource, nor does this work replace the standard reference works of Mitchell, Ryan, etc. It is not Irish county specific, nor is Argentine emigration addressed. What they have done very well is present the material in such a way that can enable the serious researcher, whatever the experience level, to get arms around a complex subject.
As you may surmise, I definitely recommend this book. Good luck and have fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Chrapliwy VINE VOICE on June 22, 2013
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I learned quite a few interesting things from this book - checked out of the library.

First, while searching for my paternal great-grandmother, I kept coming across the name Delia in reference to the known marriage and children of Bridget and Martin. Delia? I figured this had to be the wrong family, but the children had the same names and approximate birth years... One of the things I found out from this book was that Delia was a nickname for Bridget; I can't imagine for a moment how Delia relates to Bridget, but am so grateful to have learned this important tidbit of information. This opened up a whole world of census records that I now know I can use. The elusive Bridget isn't so elusive anymore!

I've been doing my husband's genealogy as well. One of the family names in his lineage is Cawley. I kept hitting a wall on the Elizabethtown and federal census records because I kept coming across McCawley in census records with the same relatives listed as those for the Cawley clan. How could this sparsely populated area have two separate family names that were so similar? This book taught me that in the early immigration days some Irish families dropped the Mc and O' in their names. It was like a light went on! Cawley and McCawley are one and the same family.

The impact on both branches of the above families is tremendous. Now I can proceed with confidence that Delia is Bridget and McCawley is Cawley. Pretty awesome!

I learned all this just in the first 25 pages. This is an excellent book. Not only does it contain gems of information, but every chapter has a references section that you can use to find other helpful volumes. Looks like it's time I returned the library copy and purchased a copy of my own.
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