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Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records (Paperback)

A Guide for Family Historians

Family History P&S History Ireland

By Chris Paton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
Illustrations: 40 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526780218
Published: 20th September 2021
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The history of Ireland is one that was long dominated by the question of land ownership, with complex and often distressing tales over the centuries of dispossession and colonisation, religious tensions, absentee landlordism, subsistence farming, and considerably more to sadden the heart. Yet with the destruction of much of Ireland's historic record during the Irish Civil War, and with the discriminatory Penal Laws in place in earlier times, it is often within land records that we can find evidence of our ancestors' existence, in some cases the only evidence, where the relevant vital records for an area may never have been kept or may not have survived.

In Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records, genealogist and best-selling author Chris Paton explores how the surviving records can help with our ancestral research, but also tell the stories of the communities from within which our ancestors emerged. He explores the often controversial history of ownership of land across the island, the rights granted to those who held estates and the plights of the dispossessed, and identifies the various surviving records which can help to tease out the stories of many of Ireland's forgotten generations.

Along the way Chris Paton identifies the various ways to access the records, whether in Ireland's many archives, local and national, and increasingly through a variety of online platforms.

Featured in article 'Irish Land Records'.

Family Tree

An Informative look and researching your Irish roots. Very detailed on using land records to fill in gaps from other missing records.

NetGalley, Carissa Miller

Featured in

Genealogical Society of Ireland newsletter - October 2021

Really good reference book. Lots of links to sites and explanations of how records work in Ireland.

NetGalley, Lou Davis

As someone with Irish roots and a keen interest in genealogy, I absolutely wanted to read this book. I have spent years doing genealogical research and a gap I have is from the Irish side of the family. While they immigrated to the US in 1900, I have been unable to find many records of them in Ireland. However, a large part of this is because much of the national registers were destroyed during the Irish Civil War and a fire that engulfed many of the records in 1922.

Paton’s book is a great guide on not only the how and whys the records of Ireland were and are recorded and preserved the way they are but also how to find and navigate different types of records, like tithe, land, birth, etc. It is quite informative and Paton includes a lot of links and screenshots of the website they discuss.

NetGalley, Samantha Garrity

This is a great guide on how to start or continue your journey with finding your Irish Ancestors. I can not wait to get started.

NetGalley, Sheila Treacy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What a wonderful, well-researched resource for anyone wanting to trace your Irish roots! Chris Paton’s Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is a wealth of information all in one place! A book I will return to again and again to help me on my journey to find my Irish ancestors!

NetGalley, Jamie Lovett

About Chris Paton

Northern Irish born Chris Paton is a genealogist and writer today based in Ayrshire, where he runs the Scotland’s Greatest Story research service at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk. As well as contributing to many of the UK’s best known family history magazines, he also writes for his own Scottish GENES news blog at www.scottishgenes.blogspot.com, and regularly gives talks to family history societies across the UK and worldwide. His previous Pen and Sword publications include Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd edition), Tracing Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, and Sharing Your Family History Online.

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