Friday, 25 September 2015

Ulster Historical Foundation's Essential Genealogy Research pack offer

The Ulster Historical Foundation ( is again promoting its Essential Genealogy Research pack for Irish research, available at, which I am delighted to say includes one of my books. Here's the announcement:

The Foundation is delighted to make available to our Guild members and friends a new book offer which will benefit both the budding and experienced genealogist alike – the Essential Genealogy Research pack.

For just £49.99 plus P&P (normal retail price £59.96) this pack comprises Four Key Publications which will provide invaluable information in your quest to uncover your family history and complete your research!

Included in this pack are the following books (which can also be purchased separately below):
  • Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800 by Dr William Roulston (RRP £11.99)
  • Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: A guide for family historians by Chris Paton (RRP £12.99)
  • Irish Libraries, Archives, Museums & Genealogical Centres: A Visitors’ Guide (3rd ed.) by Robert K. O'Neill (RRP £14.99)
  • Tracing Your Irish Ancestors by John Grenham (RRP £19.99)
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Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800

Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors is the perfect and essential guide for anyone researching Ulster families.

One of the greatest frustrations for generations of genealogical researchers has been that reliable guidance on sources for perhaps the most critical period in the establishment of their family'€™s links with Ulster, the period up to 1800, has proved to be so elusive. Not any more. Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800 by Dr William Roulston can claim to be the first comprehensive guide for family historians searching for ancestors in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Ulster.

Whether their ancestors are of English, Scottish or Gaelic Irish origin, it will be of enormous value to anyone wishing to conduct research in Ulster prior to 1800. A comprehensive range of sources from the period 1600-1800 are identified and explained in very clear terms. Information on the whereabouts of these records and how they may be accessed is also provided. Equally important, there is guidance on how effectively they might be used.

The appendices to Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors include a full listing of pre-1800 church records for Ulster; a detailed description of nearly 250 collections of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century estate papers; and a summary breakdown of the sources available from this period for each parish in Ulster.

Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: A guide for family historians

Ireland has experienced considerably more tragedy when it comes to the preservation of resources for family historians than its close neighbour Britain. Many of the nation's primary records were lost during the civil war in 1922 and through other equally tragic means. But in this new book Chris Paton, the Northern-Irish-born author of the best-selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet, shows that not only has a great deal of information survived, it is also increasingly being made available online.

Thanks to the pioneering efforts of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the National Archives of Ireland, organisations such as FindmyPast Ireland, and RootsIreland, and the massive volunteer genealogical community, more and more of Ireland's historical resources are accessible from afar.

As well as exploring the various categories of records that the family historian can turn to, Chris Paton illustrates their use with fascinating case studies. He fully explores the online records available from both the north and the south from the earliest times to the present day. Many overseas collections are also included, and he looks at social networking in an Irish context where many exciting projects are currently underway. His book is an essential introduction and source of reference for anyone who is keen to trace their Irish roots.

Irish Libraries, Archives, Museums & Genealogical Centres: A Visitors’ Guide (3rd ed.)

This important reference volume – now in its third edition – introduces readers and researchers to the treasury of printed and manuscript resources available in Irish libraries, archives and genealogical centres. Although it is aimed principally at the Irish Diaspora – amounting to some 70 million people around the globe who can trace their ancestry back to Ireland – Irish and non-Irish researchers alike should find the book of inestimable value for their research anywhere in Ireland.

It will acquaint the user with the valuable and accessible collections in Irish repositories. Essential information on operating hours, contact information – including names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail and website addresses – access and service information, descriptions, and the location of these repositories will prove to be immensely practical.

A number of features enhance the practical value of the book as an indispensable work of reference. The entries are arranged alphabetically by city or town within county, and a separate list, arranged alphabetically by type of institution, is provided for added convenience. There are lists of publications, a detailed glossary and bibliography, and an extensive index. For family and local history researchers, a brief guide to the Irish Family History Foundation (and the Foundation’s website is provided, along with a helpful introduction to tracing your ancestors.

Of special interest are the vital reference details for each parish in Ireland for the crucially important tithe and valuation records from c. 1830 in the record offices in Belfast and Dublin.

The guide also provides information of practical benefit to many other interested parties: academic researchers, professionals in the area of business, education, marketing, medicine, law and technology, as well as vacationers interested in learning about local resources available to them.

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

This 4th edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors retains the three-part structure of earlier editions, but updates and improves the material already included while adding new sources which have emerged since publication of the third edition in 2006.

The bibliographies - an important element of the book - are more comprehensive than ever before. With the growing use of Internet searches the number of sources has grown dramatically since the last edition. John Grenham has a specific chapter on the Internet, with detailed references to online transcripts in the source lists.

In addition, the invaluable index has been completely revised and updated to take account of the 35% increase in content over the previous one.

COMMENT: I can't vouch for my book (I'm biased), but I will certainly recommend the other three!

(With thanks to the UHF)


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