Monday, March 9, 2009

New at LCPL~ Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

941.50072 GREN
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
3rd Edition
by John Grenham

Notes From the Introduction:

What You Can Expect To Find

  • Descendants of Catholic tenant farmers-can trace back to start of Catholic parish records (1780's)
  • Gaelic culutre collasped in 17th century and has left a gulf in information
  • Anglo-Irish families have some records going back to 11th and 12th century but this is rare.

Sources in the USA

-Naturalization Records

  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupaton
  • Place of residence
  • Name of ship

-Cemetery Records

  • Can sometimes tell place of origin

-Immigration Records and Passenger Lists

  • Most are held in the National Archives (from 1820)

-Military Records

  • May tell the Irish place of origin

-Church Records

  • May contain details of Irish place or origin
  • Most Catholic records are held in the parishes

-Vital Records

  • Death records generally give parents' names