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Master Book of Irish Placenames: Master Atlas and Book of Irish Placenames Hardcover – September, 1994

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Irish Genealogical Foundation (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940134330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940134331
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,168,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


As a set (with the Master Book of Irish Surnames) they become one of the most useful sets available....This Book should be placed on every reference shelf. -- AFRA, Family Records Today - v16 #3

From the Publisher

This is the master placename index of the IGF, now released by the Irish Family Journal. Every place name and its location on the 19th century map collection (all maps are reprinted here) is indexed, and easily found on the maps!

Furthermore, we have added the 17th century placename index, showing older place names not found today, and older ways place names were spelled. Over 20,000 listings in this section alone. Included are modern parish listings in for comparison. Also included are baronies, townlands, places, diocese, poor law unions and registrar districts.

The classic commentary of P.W. Joyce is found in the appendix, outlining common spelling changes, along with additional district and barony maps of Ireland. Charts of common variant spellings, prefix and suffix changes; placenames with more than one location are listed; 17th century map examples, along with an introduction to understanding Irish place names, regional divisions and sources for further research!

This hardbound volume completes the 'Master Book' series ( A Companion Book to The Complete Book of Irish Family Names.)

More About the Author

The 'worlds leading expert' according to IrishCentral, Mike O'Laughlin is the most published author in his field. Since 1978 he has authored: 60 books; 40 CD's and Videos; 300 podcasts; and over 1,000 articles.
Having written books on every county in Ireland, he also publishes rare works in both Irish and English, including 'The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters'.

His 6 fields of Irish study include: Genealogy; History; Irish-America; Language (gaeilge); and Song. Vocalist with the Irish Roots Cafe house band, he performed in the first all Irish language stage show of its kind in the mid-west, and was ranked as the #1 Celtic artist in the U.S. in 2012 on Reverbnation.
His first album "Irish Song: traditional and Sean Nós" is at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelcolaughlin

Among his historic firsts are:
1) First Irish Genealogy podcast series on the web.
2) First 34 book set, by county, on Irish Families.
3) Connellans 'Annals of Ireland by the 4 Masters' (repub)
4) First book on the Irish in Missouri (author)
5) The 1st all Irish language song show in the mid-west

Mike led cottage tours to Ireland in the 1980's, and holds an Irish research library of 3,000 volumes. He also edits and publishes the work of ten authors from centuries past from his home base in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a noted speaker, singer, consultant and exhibitor for special events, see more at www.Irishroots.com

Reach Mike by email here: mike@Irishroots.com
Snail Mail here: Box 7575, Kansas City, MO 64116
(YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Tradconnect, Fandalism, etc..) and is available on Amazon at:

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M.S. Nickle on March 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for genealogical researchers- for beginners or seasoned researchers, this book will give you the places to either start your search, or give you ideas on places you have not thought of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on August 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I found Skeafe in County Cork in the 17th Century! Plus this book is hardbound which really helps because I can really tear through the paperbacks. It is the first place I look.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen J. Lowe on December 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We were looking for a book that explained the origin of Irish place names, but this wasn't it. This is a fine book for genealogical researchers, as it associates surnames with places. If you're looking for the Irish Gaelic origins of place names, try to find a copy of "Dictionary of Irish Place Names" by Adrian Room. We were glad to score the last copy from a distributor.
I'm sure Mr. O'Laughlin is a great researcher in his field, but I'm disappointed that we were a bit misled by this book's title and didn't find what we were looking for. I'm sure we'll put the book to good use eventually, though!
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