Tracing Your Limerick Ancestors, Second Edition
Tracing Your Limerick Ancestors, Second Edition
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Tracing your Limerick Ancestors, Second Edition; by Margaret Franklin; 159 pp; Paperback; 5.75x9; Published: 2013; ISBN: 9781907990069; Illustrated; Item # FLP013

Margaret Franklin is the local history specialist in Limerick County Library. She has now compiled a comprehensive 2nd edition guide to tracing families in the City and County of Limerick. The book has been expanded from 121 pages in the first edition to 159.

The most common family names in Limerick include O'Brien, Ryan, O'Donovan, O'Sheehan, O'Hurley, O'Gorman, O'Scanlan, Fitzgerald, Wall, Fitzgibbon, Harold, de Lacy and Woulfe. The book is filled with information on what the records contain, and how and where they can be accessed. It is well illustrated with maps, examples of the records to be found; and other relevant material. There is also a comprehensive index.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Foreword
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Getting Started
  • Administrative Divisions
  • Civil Registration
  • Censuses and Census Substitutes
  • Church Records
  • Wills and Administrations
  • Land Records
  • Commercial Directories
  • Newspapers
  • Gravestone Inscriptions
  • Family Names and Histories
  • Miscellaneous Sources
  • Further Reading
  • Library, Archive and Society Addresses
  • Index

Reviews of the First Edition

" ..This volume largely consists of written sources of genealogical information, with general advice on Irish research. It is well illustrated with maps, examples of the records to be found, and other relevant material, and includes a comprehensive index. " - Ancestors

" Margaret Franklin is the local history specialist in Limerick County Library. In this book she has done a very thorough job of providing all the necessary information for anyone attempting to trace their ancestors in Limerick. If your ancestors came from Limerick, this book will prove invaluable. " - Yorkshire Family Historian

" This is a highly recommended purchase for anyone with Limerick Ancestry." - NY Genealogical & Biographic Record.

" This book is exactly what you need if you plan to travel to Limerick to trace your ancestors (after you've done your home work). But if you do go, take this book with you. The sources for all these and other records are, of course, provided. " - Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 68:96

" Tracing your Limerick Ancestors is a 121 page book of great value to genealogists who have ancestors from Co Limerick. Franklin's comments on many of the sources described could also be of great value to researchers working in other counties... The listing and descriptions of census substitutes in Chapter 4 make this reviewer want to dig in and explore the list of those convicted during 1814 and 1823; a survey of households in connection with famine relief....the lists go on and on. " - Irish Genealogists Quarterly 14(2)

" This book describes genealogical sources for the county of Limerick.It is a scholarly review of possible sources of information and contains useful reference material; for example lists of Parishes (both RC and Church of Ireland) within the county of Limerick. Because of the amount of information contained, every serious researcher into Limerick ancestry should obtain a copy of this book." - Cambridgeshire FHS Journal

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