Saturday, 14 May 2016

Ulster Historical Foundation books for sale

From the Ulster Historical Foundation (

William Roulston’s Researching Scots Irish Ancestors

The Foundation is happy to report that William Roulston’s Researching Scots Irish Ancestors is now back in stock after selling out its 6th print run. This book is not merely a useful guide for researching your Ulster ancestors, it stands as the essential guide.

Dr Roulston’s book can claim to be the first comprehensive guide for family historians searching for ancestors, whether they are of English, Scottish or Gaelic Irish origin, in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Ulster.

In Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors 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.

For more information or to purchase a copy of this great publication please go to:

The Family History Web Directory: The Genealogical Websites You Can't Do Without by Jonathan Scott
Jonathan Scott's Family History Web Directory is an information-packed reference guide that distils the best of the internet into one easy-to-use format. Themed sections cover different topics, from 'getting started' to specific occupations, and there is an index reproducing all the websites in A-Z order. His handbook is a vital source for less experienced researchers, and a handy aide-memoire for more seasoned campaigners.

To purchase a copy of this publication please go to:
Genealogical Research Guides

To mark the re-release of Researching Scots Irish Ancestors we would also like to draw your attention to two other popular genealogical research guides:

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors by John Grenham

John Grenham’s Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is acknowledged as the key reference guide to Irish family history research, especially for researching ancestors from southern Ireland. This 4th edition updates and improves the material previously included while adding new sources which have emerged since publication of the third edition in 2006.

This publication is a must have item for anyone researching ancestors from the island of Ireland. Order via

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

Some guides to tracing family history on the internet can be hit and miss, but not this one. Chris Paton’s book is an excellent introduction and source of reference for anyone who is keen to trace their Irish roots by exploiting the increasing number of historical resources to be found on the internet. This guide is a top-rate companion volume to the Roulston and Grenham books. Order via

One hundred years ago

On the morning of May 12th 1916 the last of the signatories of the Irish Proclamation of Independence was executed by firing squad in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. Sentenced to death James Connolly famously had been so badly injured from the fighting during the uprising in Dublin that he had to be tied to a chair before being executed by firing squad.

The story of James Connolly, along with other prominent figures of the 1916 rising are examined in 1916: The Irish Rebellion (DVD). Narrated by award winning actor Liam Neeson, this three part landmark documentary series examines the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin as well as placing the Irish Rising in its European and global contexts as anti-colonialism found its voice in the wake of the First World War.

For more information or to purchase a copy of this great publication please go to:

Also available on this topic is Fearghal McGarry’s authoritative book, The Rising, Ireland: Easter 1916.

Now at the Printers - The Story of the Presbyterians in Ulster – Folding Map and Pocket History

This folding map/pocket history which looks at the story of Ulster's Presbyterians is now being printed and will be available in two weeks. To order a free copy of this map (P&P charges apply) please go to:

(With thanks to the UHF in Belfast)


My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts Monday 17th May - see For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit

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