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Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Complete Guide by John Grenham. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland. Copyright 1992. $18.95.

Tracing your Irish ancestors can be difficult at best. Tracing your Irish Ancestors has made that a much more manageable project. John Grenham has separated his book into three parts that makes it very usable for all level of researchers. Part one deals with the basic resources such as indexes, census, church, and vital records to name just a few.

Part two is meant to follow after you have run out of sources to research from part one. Griffith’s Evaluation, land records, wills etc. are addressed here and sources mentioned. Part three takes each county into consideration and list many records available at that level. In addition, in the beginning of the book, maps covering all of the Catholic dioceses are shown and labeled.

If you have put off your Irish research because you don't think anything is available or because you didn't know where to start then John Grenham has given you the very best information to begin Irish research.

Note: This book is now in its second edition (1999), which has also been reviewed in this newsletter.

Reviewed by Ann Wells
BIGWILL v.1 no.2, 1994