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Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (Kindle)

A Guide for Family Historians - Second Edition

Family History P&S History Social History Ireland

By Chris Paton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
File Size: 41.7 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 40
ISBN: 9781526757838
eBook Released: 27th August 2019

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In this, the fully updated second edition of his bestselling guide to researching Irish history using the internet, Chris Paton shows the extraordinary variety of sources that can now be accessed online. Although Ireland has lost many records that would have been of great interest to family historians, he demonstrates that a great deal of information survived and is now easily available to the researcher.

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 volunteer genealogical community, an ever-increasing range 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.

His book is an essential introduction and source of reference for anyone who is keen to trace their Irish roots.

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Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society

Author article: 'Trace your family back 300 years' as featured by

Family Tree, December 2019

Chris Paton has filled the pages of this volume with a great deal of information that is truly valuable for the researcher – it is not just a list of websites, but is a valuable guide to carrying out your research on the island of Ireland.

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The Nosey Genealogist

Chris Paton's book is an excellent resource which lists a vast number of Irish genealogy resources along with pointers on how best to use them.

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Things to Make and Do

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Books Ireland, November/December 2019

Strongly recommended as a reference for everyone researching their Irish family history online. Packed with information and web addresses a remarkable amount is covered in the 10 chapters, 187 pp, of regular text.

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Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections, John D Reid

There's an amazing amount of information crammed into 190 pages.

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Lost Cousins

This revised guide will be really useful for anyone with Irish roots seeking the latest information about the records.

Family Tree, December 2019

Acknowledged at the end of author article 'Tracing graves, memorials & records of death'

Family Tree, November 2019

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Register of Qualified Genealogists

Register of Qualified Genealogists

This newly updated and expanded second edition of "Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians" is an essential introduction and source of reference for anyone who is keen to trace their Irish roots and unreservedly recommended for community and academic library Genealogy Research collections.

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Midwest Book Review

This is a useful guide that navigates you through the research process no matter what your level of experience is, as it caters for the beginner and advanced alike.

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Qualified Genealogists

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Family Tree Researchers

This latest title in Pen and Sword's most excellent genealogy library is one of the very best I have ever read, with thoroughly practical examples of websites where you can get information from, in many cases for no cost (you'll notice I avoided using the very wrong phrase "for free"!) The websites mentioned have genuinely free information, and they all work. Chris Paton has written a brilliantly useful book - we happen to have Irish ancestry in our family, and will be delving into this information just as soon as we have the time. In the meantime, I urge you to get this book and do the same!

Books Monthly

Acknowledged at the end of author article 'Tracing your ancestors in the early 20th century'

Family Tree, September 2019

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Glasgow and West Scotland Family History Magazine

I have learned so much about the types of resources available to help with family history research in Ireland and indeed elsewhere! I have been tracing family trees for many years and have just discovered a line relating to my husband in Tipperary, so I was delighted to find a whole section dedicated to the area. An invaluable resource for those pursuing Irish ancestry.

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Amazon Customer, Jayne

I would strongly recommend this title if you are willing to do some serious Irish research on your ancestors, it will certainly get you that one step ahead of the rest.

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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.

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