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Visitation of Ireland edited by Frederick Arthur Crisp and Joseph Jackson Howard. Published by Clearfield Company, 200 East Eager Street, Baltimore MD 21202. Six volumes originally published between 1897-1918 now reprinted in one volume 2000. 1,875 pp. Softcover. $75 plus $3.50 p&h.

This is a collection of 160 detailed pedigrees of many prominent families in Ireland during the late 19th century. The format is one of dropline ancestral charts with lots of details for the late 19th century. Many of the lines are extended back into the 18th century and some into the 17th century but the source of this information is not provided. Many of the families included are illustrated with a coat of arms, copies of seals and some signatures.

There is no introduction to the volumes or any explanation of how the pedigrees were gathered or created. Each volume has a table of contents listing the families listed, but many of these are for the title of the family, not by the family name. Each of the six volumes contains its own index, and after volume 1 there are addendums and corrections at the end of the subsequent volumes. That means a thorough search in this compilation requires searching in 11 sections of the book. The lack of a consolidated index and introduction is a major omission in the re-publication of this series.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.7 no.5, 2000