Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors

A Guide for Family Historians

Ian Maxwell

* Fully revised and updated second edition of highly illustrated handbook for anyone researching Northern Irish history and ancestry

* Detailed, authoritative exploration of the collections held at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

* Guide to other essential sources including church, land and valuation records and school registers

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Date Published :
March 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Tracing your Ancestors
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473851795
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The second edition of Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors is an expert introduction for the family historian to the wealth of material available to researchers in archives throughout Northern Ireland. Many records, like the early twentieth-century census returns and school registers, will be familiar to researchers, but others are often overlooked by all but the most experienced of genealogists.
An easy-to-use, informative guide to the comprehensive collections available at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland is a key feature of Ian Maxwell’s handbook. He also takes the reader through the records held in many libraries, museums and heritage centers across the province, and he provides detailed coverage of records that are available online.
Unlike the rest of the British Isles, which has very extensive civil and census records, Irish ancestral research is hampered by the destruction of many of the major collections. Yet Ian Maxwell shows how family historians can make good use of church records, school registers and land and valuation records to trace their roots to the beginning of the nineteenth century and beyond.

About The Author

Dr Ian Maxwell, a former record officer at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, is now a freelance writer and a leading expert on Irish genealogy. He conducts courses on genealogy throughout Northern Ireland and he is a regular speaker at genealogical conferences in Belfast and Dublin. He writes articles regularly for Family History Monthly, Your Family Tree and Ancestor magazines on Irish, Scottish and English social history and genealogy. His previous publications include, Researching Armagh Ancestors, Researching Down Ancestors, Your Irish Ancestors and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors.


"There are not many other such guides around, making this all the more welcome.

Maxwell himself is well placed to be our guide - he was formerly on the staff at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, and has given many courses and lectures on Northern Irish genealogy. Maxwell also sets the historical context, exploring issues such as the Plantation of ulster and of course the partition of the 1920s."

- Your Family History

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