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Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
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on 13 May 2012
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of a fluid entity than is a print book, and I wonder how long it will be until some of the Internet information becomes outdated. But such is the nature of the tension between print vs Internet today. I believe that a print guide is still necessary, since too many family historians simply jump around the Internet in ignorance. At least this one volume provides a resource that brings most of the necessary records information together in one place.
When I have traveled to Ireland for genealogical research, the earlier editions of this book went with me. Luggage weight restrictions might make this difficult for this hefty tome. So, I must ask, will it be available in a digital version?
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on 4 March 2017
As described. Arrived promptly.
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on 22 March 2017
arrived promptly, well packaged and as described. A set text for a degree.
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on 18 August 2017
Book was in good condition thanks a lot.
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on 16 May 2009
This is a valuable research tool for finding your Irish ancesters.
It will save you many fruitless hours internet browsing..
Well worth having on your bookshelf
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VINE VOICEon 20 April 2009
Everyone in Ireland try to research their families needs this book. It is so clear - I wish I had read it before I began!
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on 8 June 2012
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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on 8 January 2014
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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VINE VOICEon 19 July 2009
I got very stuck tracing Irish branches of our ancestors - having had great success with searching English census records online I was most disappointed to find that Ireland hasn't managed to keep their census files for one reason or another. This book sets out the original and online sources in great detail.
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on 19 March 2011
This book is an absolute must have for anybody serious about researching their Irish ancestry. Well researched by the author, who is clearly an expert in his field.
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