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General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes and Baronies of Ireland: Based on the Census of Ireland for the year 1851 originally published 1861, reprinted 2000 by Genealogical Publishing Company, 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202. 968 pp. Hardcover. $50 plus $3.50 p&h.

This book provides an alphabetical list of every Townland, Town and Island mentioned in the 1851 census for Ireland. The townlands are printed in Roman characters, the towns in small capitals, and the Islands which are not townlands in italics. There are over 70,000 entries and for each it provides: the number of the Ordnance Survey Sheet on which the place is located; the name of the locality; its area in acres, rods and perches; the names of the county, barony, parish and poor law union as of 1857. Then it gives the volume and page number from the 1851 census - Oh! that the census still survived. Notes are added for the area of water within the township.

The book concludes with two additional indexes. An index to all parishes, listing area, county, barony and poor law union. This is followed by an index to baronies providing area, county and poor law union.

So often locating a particular place in Ireland can be difficult. This is one of those reference tools that should be used frequently by any Irish researcher. It is one tool that enables you to confirm whether you have the correct townland or parish, and to check if there are other options by the same name. It is good to see this resource back in print.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.7 no.3, 2000