Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Irish Family History Resources Online - new 2nd edition

I've been working on a few Unlock the Past ( publications over the last couple of weeks. The first of these is a brand new updated 2nd edition of my Irish Family History Resources Online book, first published in Australia in 2011. The following is the contents list for the new guide, and the cover blurb:

There is a popular belief that Irish family history research is virtually impossible because 'all the records were burned in the civil war'. But as Northern Irish born family historian Chris Paton demonstrates, the glass is most definitely half full rather than half empty when it comes to research in the Emerald Isle. Many records still exist which can help with your ancestral pursuits, and for those unable to make their way to Ireland to carry out research, the internet is finally coming to the rescue, as more and more material is increasingly finding it's way online by the day.

This revised and fully updated Unlock the Past guide explores the key repositories and records now available online, and will prove to you that if you have been put off with Irish research in the past, now is absolutely the time to take another look.

Second edition
Who were they?
- Civil registration
- Church records
- Burial records
- Wills and probate
- Biographical databases
- Heraldry
Where were they?
- Censuses
- Street directories
- Land records
- Maps and gazetteers
Archives and Libraries
- National Archives of Ireland
- National Library of Ireland
Newspapers and Books
- Newspapers
- Books, journals and magazines
Other useful material
- Gateway sites
- Military, police and the law
- Emigration
- Miscellaneous sites of interest
- Magazines
Some further reading

This new edition includes many new detailed and revised sections, including a walkthrough of the new Northern Irish based Geni website, and many other additions. You'll also notice that the cover design is significantly different to the first edition, and the UTP range as a whole - the range is being given a facelift, with this new book one of the first few being published to the new design style.

As many of you know, I wear two hats in the genie world, working in both Scottish and Irish research, and so I'm also close to finishing a brand new Scottish based guide for the company, and this one's most definitely a wee bit different! I've been having an absolute ball writing it, after having placed it on hold for a year (I had previously started work on it just prior to my mother's death at the end of 2013, after which it was shelved for a period) but I'll hold off on saying any more about that for now - save to say that when disaster hit in the days of yore, when times were hard and our ancestors were seemingly down and out, there was usually someone with a quill and ink close to hand!  I've provisionally agreed to write at least two more Scottish and Irish guides on top of these this year, and will be participating as one of the speakers on the company's Baltic based genealogy cruise this coming July (see, so it's a busy year ahead!

Several of my Unlock the Past guides, as well as titles from other authors, are now also available in the UK from My History ( and from Canadian based Global Genealogy (, whilst the full range is of course available in Australia via Gould Genealogy ( If you prefer an e-edition, then Gen-eBooks is the place to go at If ordering from Gould, I believe there may be a short delay with orders, as the staff are currently working on an Unlock the Past genealogy cruise in Australia, so please bear with them!


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