Monday, 20 April 2015

New NIFHS research guide for County Tyrone ancestors

The North of Ireland Family History Society ( has released the third book in its new series of guides entitled Researching Your Ancestors in the North of Ireland, this time focussing on Northern Ireland's largest county, Tyrone.

As with the two previous editions, covering counties Cavan and Monaghan, this latest edition provides a handy reach-to guide identifying the key resources available for Tyrone based research. In addition to detailed lists of land based records (including a short guide to the Ulster Plantation of the county, and a guide to estate records), censuses, census substitutes, civil registration record sources, court records and newspapers, there is an extensive guide to surviving church records from all denominations in the county, as well as sources for locating gravestone inscriptions, online and offline. A handy appendix listing books specifically concerned with County Tyrone is of interest, as is a website guide.

A nice touch, as with its predecessors, is a range of colour maps in the guide. These depict i) Main towns and villages, ii) Civil parishes and baronies, and iii) Poor law unions.

The book is illustrated throughout, and will be an essential addition to any Irish family history library.

NB: It's so hot off the presses that the book has yet to be added to the NIFHS website, but it will cost £6 plus p&p. Keep an eye out on the site!

UPDATE: The book is now available from the NIFHS website at - price including p&p is £7.50.

(With thanks to the NIFHS)


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  1. And getting a copy in Canada-? This is when I wish it was a digital book so I could download it for whatever the price, and have it to read anywhere! Glad to see this book - I have a few ancestors in the southeast corner of Tyrone, and my son-in-law has one a few miles away in Monaghan.

  2. If your knowledge of history is on a par with your geography you are a charletan Chris Paton..... unless some quirk of nature has caused Donegal to shrink by nearly 2,000 sq kms overnight, it remains the largest county in Ulster.

  3. Hi Celia, I'm not aware of an ebook edition, but it may be worth dropping NIFHS a note to see if that might be forthcoming. May also be worth checking if Global genealogy stocks NIFHS publication?

    To Anonymous, you are of course correct, and so I have changed it to Northern Ireland. Fortunately what I lack in geographical skills I more than make up for with common courtesy (highly recommended!), and so I will simply thank you for your contribution and wish you a pleasant day! :)

  4. I am researching my Murphy ancestors who were in South Carolina by the 1780s. My 5x Gr-Grandfather was born in County Tyrone in 1746, so they left Ireland between these two years. I would like to know whether this book identifies sources of information prior to 1800. I have found that this early information is scarce, but if this book has such information or lists sources for early records, I would like to buy a copy. Does anyone know?

  5. It does list such resources - I would also recommend this book by William Roulston

    1. Great! I belong to NIFHS, so I'll log on and order the new book. I already have Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors. Thanks.

  6. Hi Chris I just by chance came across this site. By any chance were your family from Strabane/Urney/Glentown ?

  7. Afraid not! Tyrone and Armagh are the only two NI counties I don't have connections to

  8. Aw thank you for reply Chris