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Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: Irish Genealogy [Kindle Edition]

John Grenham
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Genealogical research in Ireland has always depended on records that are more fragmented, localised and difficult to access than anywhere else. The internet is changing that. More and more records are coming online and this book is an indispensable guide to what these records are, where they are, and what they mean. This fourth edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors embraces online research as an essential part of any Irish family history project. Grenham includes detailed guides to Irish online records throughout the book, discussing the idiosyncrasies of the digital versions of sources and outlining research strategies. The sheer scale of digitisation can make it both easier and more confusing to do research, and makes a guide such as this all the more essential. John Grenham's well-established and detailed guide has thorough descriptions of all the relevant sources and county-by-county reference lists - all expanded, updated and indexed to make the book easier to use than ever before.

About the Author

John Grenham writes the Irish Roots column in The Irish Times and runs the Irish Times Irish Ancestors website. He is a fellow of The Irish Genealogical Research Society and The Genealogical Society of Ireland. John came to professional genealogy in 1981, as one of the panel of researchers in the Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland. As in-house researcher for that Office in 1990 91, he was instrumental in setting up the Consultation Service, the forerunner of the current Genealogical Advisory Services in the National Library and National Archives and was a founder member of The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland in 1986. Among his publications are Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), Generations (1996), The Genealogical Office and its Records in The Genealogical Office (1999), Grenham s Irish Recordfinder (CD-ROM (1995 2006), Grenham s Irish Surnames (CD-ROM, 2003) and numerous articles and columns in the UK magazine Your Family Tree. His website is www.johngrenham.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15421 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan; 4th Revised edition edition (2 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00820UBOU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Grenham came to professional genealogy in 1981, as one of the panel of Genealogical Office researchers. He was Project Manager with the Irish Genealogical Project from 1991 to 1995 and later went on to develop and market his own genealogical software, Grenham's Irish Recordfinder. Since 1998, he has run the Irish Times Irish Ancestors website. In 2005, he was the first Genealogist-in-Residence at Dublin City Library. Among his publications are Tracing your Irish Ancestors (3rd ed.2006), Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), Generations (1996), "The Genealogical Office and its Records" in The Genealogical Office , (1999), Grenham's Irish Surnames (CD-ROM, 2003) and numerous articles and columns in the UK magazine Your Family Tree. He has written the "Irish Roots" column in The Irish Times since February 2009.

His website is www.johngrenham.com.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I feel very strongly about John Grenham's Tracing Your Irish ancestors, 4th Edition. In the chapter "The Internet," Grenham states on page 68: "The rule is simple: if you don't know what you've searched, you don't know what you've found."
My response: AMEN!
I think this one sentence sums up why this book belongs on the bookshelf of every Irish family historian.
I wish I could afford to send copies to the creators of every "cut and paste" family tree posted on a popular Internet genealogy site. The genealogy world has become full of armchair genealogists who have no idea what records they are searching and whether the ancestors they find in those records are actually theirs. The value of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors is not simply in the wealth of information concerning what records exist and where. His explanations of the types of records and of genealogical methods should be required reading for anyone venturing into Irish genealogy. I have found his bibliographies indispensible for research into local histories.
Grenham's guide is essential to both the novice and the experienced researcher. No other Irish genealogy guide is as complete and up to date as his 4th Edition. There are a few other books I also recommend for every Irish researchers genealogical library, such as Mitchell's Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, but Tracing Your Irish Ancestors should be the first book on any Irish genealogist's shelf.
In this edition, Grenham has paid additional attention to Internet sources and research, and rightly so because the Internet has taken over genealogy. However, the Internet is more of a fluid entity than is a print book, and I wonder how long it will be until some of the Internet information becomes outdated.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish genealogy 8 Jun 2012
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This book is excellent. Not only does it tell you how to research your Irish Family Tree but it also provides an extremely comprehensive listing of sources. The new section on Internet research is also excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 17 Aug 2012
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This is a very well written and structured book, particularly for those just starting to research their Irish ancestry. It is so comprehensive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exceptional 8 Nov 2012
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This is an exceptional reference book. I was tasked with assembling a family tree and I found 'Tracing Your Irish Ancestors' to be an invaluable resource. Every possible required reference source is included. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irish Genealogy Bible - a must have 8 Jan 2014
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John Grenham, a professional Irish genealogist since 1981, is very knowledgeable. He writes clearly and has sound views. This is a great book for both beginners and more experienced genealogists interested in finding family in Ireland. He places national & local resources in context, explains their significance and where to find them. In Irish genealogy it is not enough to look at National records and resources - local records are more important than in many other countries. Local resources vary and so it is important to know which county you are researching and what is available for that county. John covers this information in depth on a county by county basis for all 32 counties -north and south.

Although I already had an earlier edition of this book, I went out and bought this latest edition as it has been comprehensively updated and has a great index.

So if you are only going to get one book on Irish genealogy this is THE ONE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book by Ireland's TOP genealogist 24 April 2013
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John Grenham is an expert in the field of genealogy. This book is a must have for any Irish genealogist, whether amateur or professional! Considered by many as Ireland's Genealogy Bible....buy it now!
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