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Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. Fifth Edition Boasts Vast Guide to County Sources

Tracing Irish ancestors

Anyone familiar with Irish genealogy knows that John Grenham’ textbook, Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, available exclusively from in a hardcover Fifth Edition, is the last word on its subject. One outstanding feature of the book is its 250-page chapter on Irish county sources. Mr. Grenham divides each counties coverage, from County Antrim through County Wicklow, into the following six sections: census returns and substitutes, Internet sources, local histories, local journals, gravestone inscriptions, and estate records. The sources for any one county are vast, so if you’ve hit a brick wall in your Irish research, chances are good that this chapter contains some leads you need to follow up on. To illustrate, here is the list of census returns and key online sources for County Kerry, one of the shorter such lists in this enormous chapter. View Book Details


Census returns and substitutes

1586 Survey of the estates of the Earl of Desmond recording leaseholders NAI M.5037

1641 Book of Survey and Distribution. NLI Ms. 970

1654 Civil Survey, Vol. 4. Dysert, Killury, Rathroe. Civil Survey, Vol. 4 (NLI 1 6551 Dublin). Online; IMA

1659 Pender’s ‘Census’ 2002. IMC: Online

1799 Petition of 300 prominent Catholics of Co. Kerry. The Dublin Evening Post, 9 June 1799

1809 List of pupils at Tarbert school. NLI Ms. 17935

1821 Some extracts for Tralee and Annagh. NAI Thrift Abstracts

1821 Parish of Kilcummin. Royal Irish Academy McSwiney papers, parcel f, no. 3. LDS film 596419

1823—38 Tithe Books. NAI: Online

1833—41 Voters, NAI OP 184/193

1834—5 Householders, parishes of Dunquin, Dunurlin, Ferriter, Killemlagh, Kilmalkedar, Kilquane, Marhin, Prior. JKAHS, 1974—5. Part online:  Ballyferriter

1835 Tralee Voters. JKAHS, No. 19, 1986

1837 Marksmen (i.e. illiterate voters), Tralee. Online: EPPI

1847—51 Assisted passages Castlemaine estate, Kiltallagh parish.  AH, Vol. 22, 1960

1852 Griffth’s Valuation. Indexed online: Hayes

1901 Census. Online: NAI

1911 Census. Online: NAI



Ballyferriter mansfieldballyferriter.html

Cork City Library

Genweb, Kerry—irlker

Hayes, John