Ireland: A Genealogical Guide for North Americansby Kyle J. Betit & Dwight A. Radford. Published by THE IRISH At Home and Abroad, P.O.Box 521806, Salt Lake City UT 84152. $14.95 plus $2.00 postage and handling. c. 1995.
This 62 page guide book is a must for any North American doing Irish research. Unlike most books on Irish research, it does not assume that you are physically in Ireland when doing your research. The book assumes that you are here in the U.S. and thus tells you how to access the resources you need to make progress in your research. Often LDS film numbers are included.
There are sections in the book for all major topics and record types: Administrative Divisions, Archives and Libraries, Army, Cemetery, Census, Church, Civil Registration, Directories, Estates, Genealogies, Guilds, Heritage Centres, Inventories and Catalogs, Newspapers, Registry of Deeds, Taxation, Wills and Administrations. Each section describes what the records are likely to contain, how the records can be accessed in this country, if possible, and there is always an excellent listing of further reading. Especially helpful are the many research strategy suggestions designed to help the researcher when using a record type for the first time.
The book is up to date citing many books readily available in North America, plus articles that have appeared in their magazine The Irish At Home and Abroad.
When I lecture on Irish research this is one of two books that I strongly recommend all Irish researchers should purchase.Note: This book is now in its fourth edition (1997).
Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.2 no.5, 1995