New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy (review)

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Steve Hayes

Jul 10, 2020, 2:23:13 AM7/10/20
The Genealogy Shelf

New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy
Brian Mitchell
Clearfield Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806359083, $25.00, PB, 122pp,

Synopsis: "New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy " by Brian Mitchell is
one of the most complete and informative books on genealogical
research in Ireland ever written. Because genealogists now have ready
access online to most of Irish record sources, Brian Mitchell has
completely revised his guide to meet the needs of today's researchers
and direct them to the most current websites and resources.

The examination of seven major records will throw quite detailed light
on most peoples' Irish ancestry and by skillfully blending Irish
history, record sources, case studies, maps, charts, and his own
mastery of the subject, Mitchell has put together a masterful handbook
to Irish genealogical research.

Following introductory chapters on the background of Irish genealogy
and how to get started in your research, Mitchell describes the nature
and uses of all significant record sources in Ireland, including but
not limited to civil and parish registers, gravestone inscriptions,
wills, census returns and census substitutes, the Griffith's
Valuation, tithe books, newspapers, hearth money rolls, the registry
of deeds, estate records, and ordnance survey memoirs.

Also included are the addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and
websites for the major record repositories, as well as a section
discussing DNA and genetic genealogy as applicable to Irish genealogy
research. Mitchell concludes with itemizing the three steps
researchers should take first, and then including case studies to
illustrate how to apply these steps.

Critique: Expertly written, organized and presented, "New Pocket Guide
to Irish Genealogy" an ideal instructional guide and reference for
anyone seeking to do genealogical research with respect to their Irish
ancestors and is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, community, and academic library Genealogy Research
Studies collections and supplemental curriculum reading lists.


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Leo Isenteze

Jul 12, 2020, 3:39:04 AM7/12/20
What bull malarkey, I can't even find my Irish ancestors in the Church
records and they left Ireland before the civil records started.

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