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Irish Relatives and Friends From "Information Wanted" Ads in the Irish-American, 1850-1871 [Paperback]

by Laura Murphy DeGrazia, Diane Fitzpatrick Haberstroh
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April 8, 2010 0806316772 978-0806316772 1st
The Irish-American, a weekly newspaper published in New York City for the edification of the Irish immigrant population, began publication in August 1849, at the height of the great exodus from Ireland. Besides news items of interest to the Irish community, the paper ran a popular classified section for people seeking information on relatives and friends who had recently taken up residence in the U.S. These classified ads appeared in a column entitled "Information Wanted," and because of their genealogical value they have been transcribed in their entirety for this publication. The ads are of particular importance to the genealogist because they usually indicate the Irish county, townland, or parish from which an immigrant came. The ads frequently also mention places of residence in the U.S., provide names and relationships of family members, give dates of departure from Ireland and arrival in the U.S., indicate ships' names, and sometimes specify ages and occupations. Altogether, some 8,500 names appear in the Personal Names index alone; and there are references to several thousand place names.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company; 1st edition (April 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806316772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806316772
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,026,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally fascinating... December 28, 2012
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While doing genealogy both on my family and my best friend's, I got completely stuck in Ireland. I know this is a frequent issue, but one day stumbled across an except/quote from this book while researching. It intrigued me so much that I ordered the book immediately.

It's been read from cover to cover and references to potential family members flagged for further research. It's pricey, but an immense amount of work had to go into the research for this particular gem. And if you've dead-ended with only the knowledge of where someone came from in Ireland, this book may provide a clue or two to help you along.

For me it was well worth the investment.
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