Sources for Irish Family History: A Listing of Books and Articles on The History of Irish Families

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Author: James G. Ryan

Published: 2001

Paperback, 184 pages

This volume contains a list of books, monographs and periodical papers dealing with specific Irish families. The references cited are mainly accounts of particular family lines and vary from fond and emotional accounts of families and their ancestral homes to dispassionate, well-researched and fully documented family studies and pedigrees. The greater value of the material contained in these references is to put some human dimension to the barren facts that may be obtained from the usual range of records. No church of civil record will inform us that our ancestors were wonderful singers or dancers; or of the details of their travels or occupation; nor whether their recorded marriages were the culminations of great romances, or of family arrangements. Such information can, however, be occasionally found in the memoirs and letters detailed in the articles and books listed here.