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Creating a Reference Library for Irish Research

   What’s on your library shelf?  I’m frequently asked about reference books for Irish research, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites.  This is not a comprehensive list, but covers the basics.   Your personal library will depend on your specific area of research, so I’ve divided the list into a couple of different categories.  You should also check with your local library to see if the books are available.  Don’t forget about to find the closest library which might have copies. You can go to my store to order these books directly from Amazon.  

   Since research begins at home, here are a couple of books on US research and Methodology that are important. 

1.  Board for Certification of Genealogists, Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition, Ancestry, 2014. (Kindle)

2.   Eichholz, Alice (Ed.), Ancestry’s RedBook, 3rd Edition American State, Country & Town Sources, Ancestry, Salt Lake City, 2004. (Now available online in Ancestry Wiki.)

3.  Jones, Thomas W., Mastering Genealogical Proof, National Genealogical Society, Arlington, Virginia, 2013. (Kindle)

4. Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1997.

5. _______. Evidence Explained, Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Third Edition, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 2007.

6.   Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Luebking, Sandra Hargreaves, (Ed.), The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, Third Edition, Ancestry, Salt Lake City, 2006. (Now available online in Ancestry Wiki.)

Irish Research

7.   Grenham, John, Tracing Your Irish Ancestors4th Edition, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., Baltimore 2012.

8.   Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 2 vols. London, 1837.  Available at 

9.   Mitchell, Brian, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, Second Edition, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 2009.

10.  Reilly, James R. CGRS, Richard Griffith and His Valuations of Ireland, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.  (This book is frequently out of print, but you may be able to get a used copy.)

11. Ryan, James G. Irish Records: Sources for Family and Local History, U.S.A., 1997.

12. The General Alphabetical Index To the Townlands and Towns, Parishes and Baronies of Ireland, Dublin, 1861; Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore 1984.

13.  Finding Your ______ Ancestors.  This is a series of books on various counties in Ireland.  

Scots-Irish Research

14.  Dickson, R.J., Ulster Emigration to Colonial America 1718-1775, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast 1966.

15. Roulston, William J., Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors, The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, 2005.

Happy Hunting!

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