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Annie's Letter: The Story of a Search: 1 Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Flyleaf Press; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953997464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953997466
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,020,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There would have been no story to tell if the author's family had not preserved the undated piece of correspondence, the investigation of which created links between Hatton Garden and New Zealand , Mayo and Wisconsin . .. Written in a light but careful style the book is an interesting read in itself, and a template for anyone who is researching family history. --Ireland of the Welcomes ( Dublin) 54(3)

Robert Burke was inspired to research his family history by his great-grandmother. In Annie's Letter ..he recounts how his starting point led him to ancestors in Ireland (some of whom served in the British Navy alongside Nelson), the West Indies, and also to relatives in New Zealand and America. The story of his quest is inspirational. --Ancestors (Australia)

This is the story of how the author became involved in searching for the history of his family and about the surprising revelations that followed. The story starts with a letter written 200 years ago by his great grandmother Annie Goodwin to her son and focuses on a Burke family and their extensive connections. The families of Admiral Collingwood, Collis, Breagh, Mullay and many others are also central. The author takes us step by step through his journey as he meets up with previous unknown family members such as admirals, farmers, surgeons, priests, widows, emigres and rebels. His visits to the various repositories such as the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, the Representative Church Body Library, The Registry of Deeds and The Public Records Office (now The National Archives) at Kew, London show the wealth of records and assistance that are available to the family historian. During the course of his research the author has built up an extensive database of family information growing to 18,000 persons from all the families mentioned in the book and many others. A link to this database can be accessed though the publishers website. --Irish Family History Society

About the Author

Robert Burke is a retired businessman, who has been involved in family research and lecturing for many years.

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An interesting account of the author's quest to get in touch with his Burke ancestors.

As I also have Burke ancestors I was hoping for clues that might help. Although I'm not further forward in that respect I enjoyed the read.
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