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The Complete Book of Irish Family Names Hardcover – January, 1987

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This is a master index of Irish family name locations and variant spelling groups. Excellent for locating rare names and what source books they are found in. This book is not intended to be one of family histories. For family histories see The Book of Irish Families, great & small.

About the Author

The author is the founder and president of the Irish Genealogical Foundation, and edits the monthly Journal of Irish Families. He also has written over 30 books in the field of Irish Genealogy and Irish Culture, a feat unrivaled in the field. For more information see his website at www.Irishroots.com
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Irish Genealogical Foundation (January 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940134411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940134416
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,199,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is another suprising book from the IGF. It is not family histories - they have several excellent works on family histories - it is a great index where you can tell what book has your surname in it, and where standard works say your name is from, like the 1659 census and the 1890 birth index, it tells what county your name was found in - oh, and get ready to see how they spelled your name in the old days ! Not a coffee table book, but a great book for researchers trying to find rarer names in Ireland. I recommend it to researchers.
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As the owner of Black Hills Celtic Shop in Rapid City, SD, I can safely say that O'Laughlin's Complete Book of Family Names is the best and most accessible reference I have ever seen. We have resort to this volume at least a dozen times a day and it never fails us at finding and affixing any name or variation spelling of same to its proper historical and geographic locus in Ireland. In fact, between this volume and Tartan For Me, we can usually discern any and all Celtic names of "British" extraction and assign an historic locale to them. O'Laughlin's uses resources as early as the Norman Invasion of Ireland in the 1170s and as late as 1890s, so the names and locales are quite accurate and thorough.
I can't imagine a day at the shop without our reference copy. And I am amazed that this vital volume has gone out of print!
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