Irish Americans

Tracing Your Irish Family History

By Anthony Adolph

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"In this book, genealogist Anthony Adolph gives insider tips on how best to locate and access specific family information in Ireland, including county archives and libraries, local publications, tax rolls, censuses, religious and civil registers, court and military books, as well as many other more obscure records. He also includes good advice on researching sources in the U.S., Canada, England, Wales, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Fortunately the Internet, digitized archives and DNA sampling have made it easier than ever to reconstruct a family tree.

"Abundant photographs, illustrations and authoritative text tell the compelling story of Irish society and emigration, from the early invasions to the Potato Famine to today's prominent families worldwide. Adolph also explains how critical historical events in Ireland affected how and where its people lived. He gives step-by-step guidance on vital data resources such as Griffith's Valuation and Tithe Applotments, Fiants and Poor Law Records, Irish place names and Anglicization, surname meanings, prominent pedigrees, genetics, ancient Irish roots and heraldry."

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Mary McLean and the St. Patrick's Day Parade

By Steven Kroll

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When the family’s potato crop fails in Ireland, Mary’s family comes to America. Like many Irish immigrants they look forward to the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Mary wants to be a special part of the celebration and begins her search for a perfect shamrock in the city, in winter – impossible!

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