Wednesday, 25 September 2013

My Irish book passes thousand sales in five months!

Wow - I'm slightly bowled over just now. I've received my latest royalty payment from one of my publishers, Pen and Sword, for a book I wrote in 2011, with sales still ticking along nicely, thank you very much! But I was slightly surprised to also see a statement for my most recent title, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, as I thought I had to wait a year for the first statement to be posted. But that's nothing compared to my surprise on the sales figures. Between its release in February and the end of June, some 1135 copies, excluding gratis copies, have been sold - wow! A huge thanks to all who have purchased a copy so far, I hope it has been useful!

The book provides a detailed guide to the very best of the online resources available just now for Irish research - but it goes a stage further than that. I have deliberately tried to also provide an analysis of the records themselves, as well as explaining the context of Ireland as one state, as two separate states, its relationship with the UK, with resources in each part of the island, with resources that straddle the border, and all of that, in order to help you look for records in places you may not think of immediately (e.g. military families' BMD records for Irish soldiers from the English GRO which go back to the 1760s). Here's a wee video to explain the background to the book, and some of the contents!

Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available from (including a free 13 page preview), and at the God-really-loves-you price of £10.39 plus p&p. I've written a few books, but it's one of those I'm most proud of - I hope it can help with your research!


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, starts Nov 13th - see

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