Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Discover Irish Land Records - now on sale

My third Unlock the Past guide book this year has just been released for sale by Gould Genealogy in Australia at Discover Irish Land Records is my third Irish themed book for the company (Irish family History Resources Online, and British and Irish Newspapers being the other two), and my seventh UTP title in total (8 if you include the 2 editions of the online Irish guide!). UK and Canadian editions should hopefully be available soon, and also an ebook edition

Here's the back cover blurb...

The questions that drive us with family history research in Ireland are no different to those asked anywhere else in the world. We need to find the records that tell us who our ancestors were, when and where they lived, and how they related to others. In Ireland, however, many of the records necessary for the task have sadly been lost across time, or were woefully restrictive in how they were created in the first place.

Whilst some of the basic vital records do not survive, however, there are plenty of others that will compensate, and in this latest Unlock the Past guide, Northern Irish born family historian Chris Paton takes a look at the potential to be found within Irish land records. Amongst documents of ownership and tenancy, valuation and tithes records, documents for inheritance, censuses, and many other resources, there are ancestral stories lying dormant and waiting to be found. In this guide, he demonstrates how to find them.

Thanks to Alan and Rosemary once again for turning this around. If you are on the Unlock the Past genealogy cruise of the Baltic from this Saturday, one of my talks will be based on the subject, and copies will hopefully be available there.

Hopefully it will help those with a few Irish brick walls to find a way through...!


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