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A Guide to Tracing your Mayo Ancestors Paperback – Illustrated, 20 Aug 2010

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Flyleaf Press; 2nd edition (20 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956362435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956362438
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 698,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This excellent skilfully-researched work is certainly the best of the series to date. It (sets) a standard for such county publications that future authors and researchers will have difficulty in surpassing --Dun Laoghaire Gen Soc Journal --Family Tree Magazine (UK)

For research on Mayo families, this book is a must-have --Irish Roots

This is a key reference work for anyone exploring Irish roots in Mayo --Your Family Tree, Jan 2011

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In comparison with most other Irish counties, Mayo has fewer records of value to family historians. This makes it important to use the existing records to their best advantage. Mayo families are a mixture of native Gaelic families, of Gaelic families who migrated from Ulster, and of English and Scots-Irish settlers. This book sets out the records available for Mayo, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect in tracing Mayo families. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The fact that this book is only 160 pages long, confirms the reality that unfortunately the family history material surviving for Mayo is less than for most other Irish counties. The book helpfully points you in all the right directions, but what is available is patchy and not always easily accessible. It confirms for me how difficult it is to make progress on researching relatives in County Mayo, particularly those who lived and died before civil registration commenced, and for whom I have very little basic information. This isn't, of course, the author's fault, as he certainly lists a lot of resources, some of which, for the fortunate, may be just the link they are seeking. A lot of these resources aren't online, so investigating them is going to involve a lot of time and visits to various places. Not so easy, if you don't live in Ireland. So although the book can certainly be recommended, and is probably essential if you are researching ancestors in this area, I think some people will be a little disappointed when they realise that it offers very few quick solutions. There is no doubt that because of the loss of the earlier census returns, and many Parish records (particularly in County Mayo), tracing relatives in Ireland is much more difficult than it is in England, Wales & Scotland.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Deal 20 July 2013
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I've had this book on my radar screen for some time but wasn't ready to spend $20 plus shipping, so I was delighted to see a used copy available. To my surprise, the book arrived from Great Britain. It was shipped pretty promptly and arrived well within the estimated time frame. The book itself is in good condition. It covers a vast array of possible records to search and explains why they were created and what they covered. It also confirmed what I kind of knew -- that many records were either created after the time period my ancestor left Ireland, or if records ever existed, they were probably destroyed in the 1920's. Still, I have some leads to follow that I didn't have before. I would say this is a valuable resource for anyone interested in Mayo County genealogy, especially at the used price!
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