Meath Ancestors: A Guide to Sources for Tracing your Ancestors in Co. Meath by Noel E. French. Published by Trymme Press. Obtain from Meath Heritage Centre, Mill Street, Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland. 1993. 72 pp. Softcover. £9.00 IR or UK, or $20.00.

This guide is written by the director of the Meath Heritage Centre. It is a very useful guide to finding your Meath Ancestors. The guide covers family surnames and famous people from the county, administrative divisions, church records, civil registration, land records, monumental inscriptions, directories, newspapers, other records, published family histories, local histories, addresses and further reading. There is also a chapter dealing with the development of the centre. For Americans this chapter illustrates how this centre, and others, have developed.

The chapter on church records is especially good, listing both the Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic parishes and stating what registers survive, where they are currently located and what have been indexed by the centre. The chapters on other records, published family histories and local histories are especially important because they list sources and publications that are rarely heard about in the U.S. When you know of the existence of a resource, it is easier to track that resource down.

Definitely a valuable resource for those with Meath ancestors.

ed. - The Meath Heritage Centre has also published a number of other local history books. If you are interested in doing a search through this Heritage centre I have the forms and costs sheets.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.3 no.5, 1996