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BOOK - The Huguenots: Their Settlement, Churches, and Industries in England and Ireland
By Samuel Smiles
Originally published by Samuel Smiles, New York, 1868
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2006 (CD 2010)
This book chronicles the re-settlement of the Huguenots in England and Ireland. The migration was one of the most important movements of skilled workers and professionals out of mainland Europe due to religious persecution. There were two major movements of Huguenot. The first primarily included Flemish and French Protestants during the latter half of the sixteenth century. The second major migration happened during the final decades of the seventeenth century.
ISBN: 1-894571-78-9 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - The Sash Canada Wore - A Historical Geography of The Orange Order in Canada
By Cecil J. Houston and William J. Smith
Originally published by Universtiy of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1980
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 1999 [CD 2011]
Significant migration of Protestant Irish to Canada in the early 19th century brought with it the establishment of the Orange Order in Canada. This work explores the role of the Orange Order in the unfolding settlement geography of Canada. Protestant Irish soldiers and emigrants, largely Ulster-born, introduced the organization into New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario within the first decade of the nineteenth century. At its zenith, he movement had a membership of as many as one in three Canadians.
ISBN 978-1-894378-31-4 (Hardcover Edition) More information
BOOK - The Scotch-Irish in America - Two Volumes in One
By Charles A. Hanna
Originally published by G. P. Putnam, New York, 1902
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006 (CD 2011)
This is the acknowledged sourcebook on the Scotch-Irish in America, a massive compilation of source records pertaining to the Scots who settled in the north of Ireland and their descendants in America, primarily east of the Mississippi. The Scotch-Irish left Ulster as a result of neo-mercantilist British economic policy in the region, requirements that they pay 10% of their income to the Anglican Church, ongoing friction with their Catholic Irish neighbors, and greater economic opportunity in the New World.
ISBN 1-894378-92-X (Hardcover Edition) More information
BOOK - British Home Children: Their Stories
Compiled by the British Isles Family History Society of Ottawa (BIFHSGO)
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2010
British Home Children were those who were admitted into a Philanthropic Home, Union Workhouse or Industrial School between 1869 and 1948, from families that had suffered a great tragedy or were dysfunctional. A great many of these children were then brought to Canada where they were received into a Distributing Home for settlement as farm labourers and domestics. To commemorate The Year of the British Home Child, BIFHSGO has assembled a collection of stories prepared by the researchers about the lives of some of these these children — their ancestors — that demonstrate the strength of character, sense of purpose and good humour that enabled them to overcome adversity and contribute a positive and lasting legacy to their new country.
ISBN 978-1-926797-47-2 (Softcover) More Information
BOOK - The Irish Palatines in Ontario: Religion, Ethnicity, and Rural Migration - Second Edition
By Carolyn A. Heald.
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2009
This new book provides a broad history of the Palatines in Ontario, where they came from, where they settled, and what characterized their communities. It is not a catalogue of every Irish Palatine who settled in Ontario. However, the book does contain lists of individuals and many references to specific persons and families. In this new second edition of The Irish Palatines in Ontario the author has corrected known errors from the original 1994 edition and added a completely new chapter on Barbara Heck and the Loyalist Palatines plus other refinements and new material.
ISBN: 978-1-897446-37-9 (Hardcover) More information
CD ROM - Memorial Atlas of Ireland, Showing Provinces, Counties, Baronies, Parishes, Etc 
Originally published by L. J. Richards, Philadelphia, 1901
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2011 (on CD)
The maps that are included in this atlas are of great value to those researching families or history in Ireland. Being printed in 1901 the atlas illustrates Ireland as it was known at the time, and for many decades prior, including defining the boundaries of provinces, counties, baronies, and parishes and identifying villages, towns, cities and landmarks. The "Combined Geographical Directory and Classified Index" lists all known places and directs the reader to the map that the place appears on, and the co-ordinates of the place on the map. More than just the names of municipalities, the index lists castles, churches, cottages, courts, houses, islands, junctions, lakes, baronies, heads (as in a place), mountains, parishes, points, rocks (as in a place), rivers, schools, and stations. This extensive index is organized alphabetically, is 10 columns wide and 21 pages long. Each page is 13 X 19". All that to say that it is hard to imagine that any place went un-indexed.
CD ROM - A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland , Comprising The Several Cities, Boroughs, Corporate, Market, and Post Towns, Parishes, and Villages, with Historical and Statistical Descriptions. Second Edition. [2 Volumes on One CD]
By Samuel Lewis & Co.
Originally published by Samuel Lewis, London 1842
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2009 (on CD Rom)
This work is organized alphabetically by the names of the villages, parishes, towns, cities, etc, as they were known in 1837-1842, making it very easy for researchers to locate information that they seek about a specific place. Descriptions are very detailed, including civil parish locations as as they relate to known boundaries of existing towns, villages, baronies, counties and provinces. Includes information about principle landowners, church parishes and districts. Designed for PC & Mac (.pdf format).
BOOK - Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet
By Chris Paton
Published by Pen and Sword, Barnsley UK, 2013
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 shows that not only has a great deal of information survived, it is also increasingly being made available online. 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.
ISBN 9781781591840 More information
BOOK - Tracing Your Irish Ancestors (Fourth Edition)
By John Grenham
Published by Genealogical Publishing, Baltimore 2012
The best book ever written on Irish genealogy, this new edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors retains the familiar structure of previous editions but is now more useful than ever. Combining the key features of a textbook and a reference book, it describes the various steps in the research process while at the same time providing an indispensable body of source materials for immediate use. The biggest change from previous editions is in its approach to the Internet. Online research is now an essential part of any Irish family history project, so the 4th edition serves as a directory to online records, discussing their uses and outlining research strategies. The sheer scale of the data available online makes a guide such as this all the more essential, and in the hands of a master it is indispensable.
ISBN: 9780806318974 More information
BOOK - Researching Your Irish Ancestors at Home and Abroad
By Dr. David R. Elliott
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2012
This book will help all those, no matter where they live, who are searching for ancestors in Ireland. Dr. Elliott gives clues to finding your ancestral county, then the parish and townland within the county. He explains how Irish archival centres work and describes how you can flesh out your ancestors’ lives and what you might find in cemeteries. Also covers how to prepare for a research trip to Ireland, and provides links to many useful web sites. David R. Elliott, a retired history professor, has taken eight research trips to Ireland on behalf of his clients and has worked in most archival repositories in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
ISBN 978-1-45970-397-1 (softcover) More information
BOOK - Tracing Our Irish Ancestors - Irish City & County Guides
By various authors
Published by Flyleaf Press, Dublin
Flyleaf Press is Ireland’s major specialist publisher of family history and genealogy titles specializing in high-quality ‘how-to’ guides for research in various counties of Ireland. Reviewers have noted that their titles contain ‘…information vital to the researcher, assembled by well-qualified genealogists’ while the NY Genealogical & Biographical Record has said that “Genealogical Libraries will want to acquire all of them”. 6 X 9" perfectbound, varying page counts by volume, illustrated.
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BOOK - Tracing Your Ancestors Using the Census, A Guide For Family Historians [UK & Ireland]
By Emma Jolly
Published by Pen and Sword Books, Barnsley UK, 2013
This guide to the census is detailed, accessible and authoritative, and it is one of the most comprehensive on the market. It has been written with the family historian in mind, and it is packed with advice on how to explore and get the most from the census records. As well as describing the modern censuses, it provides information on the less-known censuses dating from before 1841, and it covers the records of all the constituent parts of the British Isles. It is an essential introduction and tool for anyone who is researching the life and times of an ancestor.
ISBN 978-1-7815906-1-4 More Information
BOOK - The Famine Ships, The Irish Exodus to America
By Edward Laxton
Published by Henry Holt,New York, 1998
Often through the words of the passengers themselves, this book documents the frequently tragic story of the mass of people forced to emigrate from Ireland during the potato famine of 1846-1851. The famine was the defining event in modern Irish history; more than a million people died of starvation and disease and another million left their homeland, traveling from all parts of Ireland to board ships bound for the United States and Canada. Sailing under conditions that were rarely monitored, many were denied the food and water promised with the price of their ticket; many succumbed to disease; and those who survived faced a bittersweet aftermath as unwelcome immigrants in America. The Famine Sbips tells a story of courage and determination that is an incredible chapter in North American immigrant history and a crucial moment in the Irish-American experience.
ISBN 978-0-8050-5844-4 (Softcover) More Information
BOOK - The Workhouse Encyclopedia [England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales]
By Peter Higginbotham
Published by The History Press, Gloucestershire, UK (2012)
Compiled by Peter Higginbotham, one of Britain’s foremost experts on the subject, it covers everything from the 1725 publication An Account of Several Workhouses to the South African Zulu admitted to Fulham Road Workhouse in 1880. With hundreds of fascinating anecdotes, plus priceless information for researchers including workhouse addresses, useful websites and archive repository details, maps, plans, original workhouse publications and an extensive bibliography, it will delight family historians and general readers alike. This fascinating, fully illustrated volume is the definitive guide to every aspect of workhouse life.
ISBN 9780752470122 (Hardcover) More information
BOOKS - Irish Genealogy Series, Cemetery, Parish & Poor Law Union Records
By Dr. David R. Elliott, KinFolk Finders
Published by Kinfolk Finders, Parkhill, 2006-present
Dr. David R. Elliott travels to Ireland each summer to transcribe Irish records and to persue family history research for his many clients. To date, the bulk of his transcription work is in County Fermanagh though his books contain many references to persons in County Cavan and County Tyrone. All of the books in Elliott's Irish Genealogy Series are published in 8.5 X 11" format, Cerlox bound with heavily laminated front and back covers. The high quality paper in these books ensure excellent print quality and exceptional colour photos.
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BOOK - Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors, The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800 [northern Ireland]
By William Roulston
Published by Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, 2010 (this edition)
One of the greatest frustrations for generations of genealogical researchers has been that reliable guidance on sources for perhaps the most critical period in the establishment of their family’s links with Ulster, the period up to 1800, has proved to be so elusive. Not any more. This book can claim to be the first comprehensive guide for family historians searching for ancestors in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Ulster. Printed 2010.
ISBN 978-1-903688-53-3 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - The Ulster Sourcebook, For Family Researchers
By Sherrell Branton Leetooze
Published by Lynn Michael-John Associates, Bowmanville, 2008
This book provides essential information for those who are interested in genealogical or historical research in Ulster. It will help you understand political and civil boundaries within Ulster so that you can easily locate the records that you need. Includes important lists of resources by County, parish and townland.
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RESEARCH AID - Irish Genealogy Research
By: Brian Mitchell
Published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 2010
Building on years of experience, Irish genealogy expert Brian Mitchell tells you succinctly about the sources used in Irish research, where to find them, and how to use them. In just four pages (which are specially laminated for heavy use) it provides an overview of the basic facts you need to know in order to begin and to proceed successfully with your research. It boils the subject down to its essence and allows you to grasp the basics of research at a glance! Literally at a glance.
ISBN 9780806318707 More information
Book - Your Irish Ancestors, A Guide For Family Historians
By Ian Maxwell
Aimed primarily at the family and social historian, Ian Maxwell's highly readable guide introduces researchers to the wealth of material available in archives throughout Ireland. Many records, like the early twentieth century census returns and school registers will be familiar to researchers, but others have been traditionally overlooked by all but the most experienced genealogists. Each chapter takes the form of a detailed social history showing how the lives of our ancestors changed over the centuries and how this is reflected in the records that have survived, and it is in this broad historical approach that Ian Maxwell's work stands out from other guides to Irish genealogy.
ISBN: 184415789-X More information
BOOK - Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy. Third Edition
By: Brian Mitchell.
The Third Edition of Brian Mitchell's Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy is, page for page, perhaps the best book on genealogical research in Ireland ever written. By skillfully blending case studies, maps, charts, and his own mastery of the subject, Mitchell has managed to convey the basics of Irish genealogical research in scarcely eighty pages.
ISBN: 9780806353852. More information
BOOK - Finding Your Irish Ancestors, Unique Aspects of Irish Genealogy
By: Brian Mitchell.
Making use of the case study technique, this new book expounds on topics that are not found in his earlier book (Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy)and expands on others that are. Drawing on his firsthand experience as a genealogist and as a geographer, Brian Mitchell delivers a new volume that is full of firsthand explanations and expertly drawn maps of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
ISBN 978-0-8063-5100-1. More information
BOOK - General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes and Baronies of Ireland, Based on the Census of Ireland for the Year 1851
By: British Government (pub. 1861), reprinted by GPC.
In all genealogical work the first and most important step is to establish the geographical origin of the ancestor. The over 900 densely printed pages show the county, barony, parish, and poor law union in which the 70,000 townlands were situated in 1851, as well as the location of the townlands on the Great Ordnance Survey maps, with appendices containing separate indexes to parishes and baronies. An essential resource for those working on Irish family history research.
ISBN 9780806310527. More information
BOOK - A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland - Second Edition By Brian Mitchell.
An invaluable aid for tracing ancestors in Ireland. Since its original publication in 1986, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland has established itself as a key resource in Irish genealogical research. Now, with the addition of maps detailing the location of Roman Catholic parishes in all thirty-two counties of Ireland and Presbyterian congregations in the nine counties of Northern Ireland, this new 2nd Edition moves the book to the forefront of Irish genealogical research. Also, for the first time ever, this one volume contains a complete geographical picture of the three major religious denominations in Ireland during the middle years of the 19th century.
BOOK - Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland, 1830-1839
40 Volumes - buy individually or multiple volumes
Written in the 1830's to accompany the Ordnance Survey Maps, this major series of memoirs was left unpublished except for one parish. The memoirs record landscape and situation, buildings, antiquities, land holdings and population and employment and livelihood, on a parish by parish basis for Northern Ireland.
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BOOK - The Great Hunger - Ireland 1845-1849 --
By: Cecil Woodham Smith.
The Irish potato famine of the 1840's, perhaps the most appalling event of the Victorian era, killed over a million people and drove as many more to emigrate to America. The continuing impact on Anglo-Irish relations was incalculable, the immediate human cost almost inconceivable. In this vivid and disturbing book Cecil Woodham-Smith provides the definitive account.
ISBN 978-0-14-014515-1 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Ulster Emigration to Colonial America 1718-1775 (Northern Ireland to eastern USA & Canada)
By R. J. Dickson; new introduction by Graeme Kirkham
First published in 1966, this book remains the acknowledged work of scholarship on migration in the eighteenth century of a quarter of a million people from Ulster to the New World. It combines detailed investigation of the economic, social and political background to the exodus with information on the emigrant trade and an analysis of the motivations and origins of the emigrants themselves. This new edition includes a specially written Introduction by Graeme Kirkham, whose researches on both sides of the Atlantic are reflected in an essay which considers recent advances in the understanding of this important mass population movement from Ireland to America.
ISBN: 978-0-901905-17-8 More information
BOOK - Merchants in Plenty: Joseph Smyth's Belfast Directories of 1807 and 1808
With an Historical Introduction and Bibliography of Belfast Directories to 1900 by J. R. R. Adams
By Joseph Smyth and J. R. R. Adams.
The directories here reprinted, from unique copies in the Linen Hall Library, vividly recreate this Belfast of cotton mills and learned societies, sail makers and booksellers. It will be of interest both to genealogists and to those who care for the history of Belfast. The Belfast of the first decade of the nineteenth century was a bustling and growing town of some 22,000 inhabitants. It was dominated by the cotton industry and the linen trade. The foundations of such potentially important enterprises as engineering and shipbuilding were being laid. Yet this was still a period when a trip to Dublin took twenty-one hours by coach (with a double guard for extra security) and when the inhabitants were ferried round the town by sedan chair.
ISBN: 978-0-901905-17-8 More information
BOOK - Flight From Famine, The Coming Of The Irish To Canada
By Donald MacKay
One of Canada's founding peoples, the Irish arrived in the Newfoundland fishing stations as early as the seventeenth century. By the eighteenth century they were establishing farms and settlements from Nova Scotia to the Great Lakes. Then, in the 1840s, came the failures of Ireland's potato crop, which people in the west of Ireland had depended on for survival. The famine survivors who helped build Canada in the years that followed Black '47 provide a testament to courage, resilience, and perseverance. By the time of Confederation, the Irish population of Canada was second only to the French, and four million Canadians can claim proud Irish descent.
ISBN13: 9781554884186 More information
Book - Essays in Scotch-Irish History
Edited by E.R.R. Green. This is a reprint of the second volume in the Ulster Historical Foundation's Historical Series, which was first published in 1969. These five essays were delivered as lectures at a conference on the Scotch-Irish held in Belfast in 1965. This edition contains a new introduction by Steve Ickringill of the University of Ulster re-viewing recent research. More information
BOOK - Researching Irish Archival and Repository Centres
by: Hutchison, Brian W.
An overview of the archival and repository centres throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (Eire) for conducting Irish research.More information
BOOK - Researching Irish Census Records… Including Census Substitute Records by: Hutchison, Brian W.
Included, the availability of records, plus importance of various government land and people surveys acting as substitutes.More information
BOOK - Researching Irish Church Records… Conformist and Non-Conformist
by: Hutchison, Brian W.
Emphasis on time periods, historical backgrounds, record collections and pre-1864 research problems are included.More information
BOOK - Researching Irish Civil Registration Records
by: Hutchison, Brian W.
Contents and availability of the records, how the information documented has changed over time, limitations & advantages of civil vital records and effective research strategies are included.More information
BOOK - Researching Irish Testamentary Records
by: Hutchison, Brian W.
A discussion of the value of these records during these time periods, availability of the records in both periods, as well as comments on some research strategies for using these collections are included.More information
BOOK - A Guide to Irish Parish Registers
by: Brian Mitchell
The Griffith's or Primary Valuation of Ireland and Parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials are perhaps the two most important sources for genealogical research in Ireland. This book attempts to make a search of these records more rewarding for the researcher. More information
BOOK - Sir Richard Musgrave's Memoirs Of The Irish Rebellion Of 1798
The most important contemporary published source on the insurrection led by the United Irishman.Vivid eyewitness accounts, lists of massacre victims and rebel and loyalist participants. Essential for genealogists and historians. New complete index to thousands of people and places. More information
USED & ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS: Ireland and Northern Ireland:
By John Hunter, compiler
John Hunter, Queensland, Australia, 2003. 5. 1110 + pages. 95 Documents, 105 Maps, Locate any Townland, Details of the 37,000 Occupiers at Griffith's Valuation, Parish and Townland Maps, Townlands Index Research Notes. Format for PC and MAC . ISBN 0646432087. Click for image
USED BOOK - Feis na nGleann (english edition).
By Eamon Phoenix, Padraic O Cleireachain, Eileen McAuley & Nuala McSparran, editors
Stair Uladh, imprint of Ulster Historical Foundation, Ireland, 2005. 8-1/4 x 10-5/8. 192 pages. Hardcover, black cloth with gilt stamping on spine, dust jacket in perfect condition. Both hardcover book and dust jacket in like new condition. ISBN 0903688493. Click for image
USED BOOK - Dublin, Daughter of Merchant Kings.
By P.D. Whelan
Dreamcather Publishing, Saint John, NB, 1999. 6 x 9. 333 pages. Paperback, Perfect Bound. Some shelving wear. Tight spine but part of the cover is ripped at the spine however book is in very good condition. ISBN 1894372026. Click for image
USED BOOK - Ireland, Strangford's Shores, Paintings and Stories from around the Lough.
Author Jane Crosbie, Artist, Alison Brown.
Published by Laurel Cottage Ltd., Northern Ireland 1997. 10.0 x 7.25. All books approx. 85 pages. Padded Hardcover book. With illustration on front cover. All books are in excellent (new condition) and as per title, are full of beautiful watercolor paintings for this area in Northern Ireland. A fabulous keepsake. ISBN 1-900935 03-1. No index but bibliography. All publications from this series were $30.00 each, now on sale for $10.00. Click for image
USED BOOK - Ireland, Donegal, South of the Gap. - Paintings and Stories from South Donegal.
Author Liam Ronayne, Artist, Brian Gallagher.
Published by Laurel Cottage Ltd., Northern Ireland 1997. 10.0 x 7.25. All books approx. 85 pages. Padded Hardcover book. With illustration on front cover. All books are in excellent (new condition) and as per title, are full of beautiful watercolor paintings for this area. A fabulous keepsake. ISBN 1-900935 15-5, No index but bibliography. All publications from this series were $30.00 each, now on sale for $10.00. Click for image
USED BOOK - Ireland, Galway on the Bay. - Paintings and Stories.
Authors Dick Byrne and Peadar O'Dowd. Artist, Derek Biddulph..
Published by Laurel Cottage Ltd., Northern Ireland 1997. 10.0 x 7.25. All books approx. 85 pages. Padded Hardcover book. With illustration on front cover. All books are in excellent (new condition) and as per title, are full of beautiful watercolor paintings for this area. A fabulous keepsake. ISBN 1-900935 24-2. No index but bibliography. All publications from this series were $30.00 each, now on sale for $10.00.
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