Ireland has probably experienced more tragedy when it comes to the preservation of resources for family historians than any other region of the British Isles. Many of the nation's primary records were lost during the civil war in 1922 and through other equally tragic means. But in this new book Chris Paton, the Northern-Irish-born author of the best-selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet, shows that not only has a great deal of information survived, it is also increasingly being made available online.
Thanks to the pioneering efforts of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the National Archives of Ireland, organizations such as FindmyPast Ireland, Ancestry.co.uk and RootsIreland, and the massive volunteer genealogical community, more and more of Ireland's historical resources are accessible from afar.
As well as exploring the various categories of records that the family historian can turn to, Chris Paton illustrates their use with fascinating case studies. He fully explores the online records available from both the north and the south from the earliest times to the present day. Many overseas collections are also included, and he looks at social networking in an Irish context where many exciting projects are currently underway.
“As well as exploring the various categories of records that the family historian can turn to, Chris Paton illustrates their use with fascinating case studies.”
“Fully explores the online records available from both the north... [read full review]Kent Family History Society Journal Vol 14, No.1
Scots/Irish genealogist and writer, Christopher Paton, has a new book which I cannot recommend too highly...it is stuffed full of tips and hints – some of which will save you money. It is not simply... [read full review]Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society
Tracing your Irish Family History on the Internet is a practical guide to researching Irish genealogy online. It covers the whole of Ireland, north and south and contains case studies demonstrating how online records can... [read full review]Find My Past
Chris Paton has produced this much-needed book for researchers tracing Irish roots, pulling together all the current online resources and expert advice into one handy guide. Covering both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland,... [read full review]Family Tree Magazine
A guide for those perplexed by the recent increase in Irish records available online.Your Family History
Chris Paton has produced a thorough and informative guide that will greatly assist the Irish family historian.
Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is, as you would expect, very much an all-Ireland... [read full review]Who Do You Think You Are Magazine, June 2013
Chris Paton is well known to the genealogical community as a writer for this magazine, blogger and an author. Inside are nine themed chapters on different types of records and the many online resources offering... [read full review]Your Family Tree
This guide by Scotland Scotland-based genealogist Chris Paton is well worth adding to your collection if you’re searching for Irish ancestors. And given that nearly 40 per cent of Antipodeans have Irish ancestry, I’m thinking... [read full review]Inside History Magazine
I was very impressed... It was my reading material during a 14 hour plane ride to China and is highly recommended for people engaged in tracing their Irish ancestors.Irish Genealogy Internet Book Reviews by Judith Eccles Wight
As well as providing an in depth exploration of the various categories of records that the family historian can turn to, the author explored holdings from both the north and the south, but equally points... [read full review]Irish Lives Remembered
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About Chris Paton
Chris Paton is a genealogist and writer based in Ayrshire. He runs the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Formerly he was a television documentary maker and worked on history series such as War Walks, Secret History, Time Flyers and Meet the Ancestors. He is a regular writer for several British genealogy magazines and is currently completing a beginners’ guide to Scottish family history research. He also runs a Scottish genealogy news blog at www.ScottishAncestry.blogspot.com and gives regular talks to local family history societies.