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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2000
This handy paperback is the first place to start for Irish research.
Irish ancestors can be very elusive due to a variety of factors. Don't get frustrated - get educated. You CAN hunt your Emerald Isle ancestors successfully when armed with the knowledge in this book.
While covering all of the standard civil, church, census, and land records, Grenham's book also covers wills, deeds, newspapers, directories, and other less-used records. The final third of the book is a county-by-county reference guide describing extant censuses and substitutes, available local histories, monumental inscriptions and other sources for each county.
One of the outstanding features of the book is the Catholic parish maps for each county. These were drawn by the author's father and give the date of the earliest records available for each parish.
A researcher with Irish heritage must be as indefatigable and adaptable as their own Irish forebears were in order find them in the existing records. This book is one of the tools you need to start with.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2002
I live in Ireland and I bought this book about October, 2001. It's an updated version of the 1993 book. Having looked through many books in libraries, I found this to be the ultimate guide to Irish genealogy. I have succeeded in tracing my family back to the eighteenth century from information about parish records, census records etc, as John lists them so well. It gives details of sources county by county in chronological order. The church record listing is also excellent. This is definitely the Irish genealogy bible.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 1999
I've just begun to research my Irish ancestors and this book presents an extremely thorough list of resources available to help with this search. Not only a detailed catalog of what's available, the book also does a great job of suggesting how best to use each type of record to reach your goals.
If you are a US resident researching your Irish ancestors, there is a decent section pointing out which US records may be of assistance. The book seems written in general, though, for those who live in Ireland or are otherwise able to get there to do research. I would have found it helpful to have a little more information about what each agency is able to do by mail (or online) for those of us who can't get to Ireland!
All in all, the book was well worth the money.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2000
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors by professional Irish genealogist John Grenham is specifically written and designed to be used by researchers at all levels of experience, from the novice beginning to the seasoned professional. Organized into three major sections, Part 1 surveys the most basic genealogical sources for researching Irish ancestry; Part 2 provides a more advanced application of genealogical research project tools and resources; Part 3 is a reference guide to a comprehensive range of materials that include county source lists and church records. Also very highly recommended as a reference work for Irish-oriented genealogical researchers is the second edition of Brian Mitchell's A New Genealogical Atlas Of Ireland (080-6316845, $20.00).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2007
This book is a great help for anyone trying to trace an Irish ancestor. It is very well organized, giving the reader both general information and information specific to localities. Many internet sites are listed. I would highly recommend this book to any Irish researcher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2013
A bit much for the average person beginning to trace Irish Roots. I passed it on to my brother and his feelings mirrored mine. Perhaps as I get further along this will be of more benefit.
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on December 28, 2012
I should have gone for a newer edition, as it would have been more comprehensive concerning the internet. That, however, was my error. This book is excellent when it comes to the basics re Irish Ancestor research.

The book itself is in excellent shape, "new" condition as promised, and the delivery was speedy!
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on January 13, 2015
This is the original edition (1993) - the note below it refers to "latest edition"...however, fine print says this note refers to items not available. Thus you guys should remove it. Otherwise, for a 20-year-old book it looks good.
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on March 28, 2013
helpful - addresses of sources included - good information (more than i thought there would be!) - websites included as well
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on September 24, 2014
Just what I expected. I know there is a new 4th Edition out. But this one has all you need for a fraction of the price.
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