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New Edition of Sources for Irish Family History – 2021 now available as an e-book

23 Sep 2021 3:46 PM | Anonymous

The following was written by Flyleaf Press:

Flyleaf Press, the publishing arm of Ancestor Network, has published a hugely expanded second edition of its acclaimed guide to books, monographs and periodical papers on Irish families. It is a listing mainly of periodical articles and books but also includes some manuscript family histories deposited in libraries. The references have doubled since the first edition. The new edition contains some 6,500 references dealing with around 2,500 families. The references cited are mainly accounts of particular family lines and vary from fond and emotional accounts of families and their ancestral homes to dispassionate, well-researched and fully documented family studies and pedigrees.

The greater value of the material in these references is to put some human dimension to the barren facts that may be obtained from the usual range of records. No church or civil record will inform us that our ancestors were wonderful singers or dancers; or of the details of their travels or their occupation; nor whether their recorded marriages were the culminations of great romances, or of family arrangements. Such information can, however, be occasionally found in the memoirs & letters detailed in the articles and books listed here.

Reviews of the first edition included:

The sources are not your usual ones, so they provide new avenues …contains good source information which should not be overlooked, as it gives both name and place. Not your usual references, so there is no duplication.

St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly

Anyone who is engaged in Irish genealogy will want to check this book for their family names.

NY Genealogical & Biographic Record

“.. first and foremost a work of reference and, as such, it succeeds very well. If your ancestors lived in Ireland , this could be the first place to look for (published information)”

Yorkshire Family Historian

“.. .any researcher with Irish ancestors should consult it, to learn if there are relevant books or articles which it would be worthwhile tracking down”

Cambridgeshire FHS Journal

James G Ryan is a writer and publisher on Irish genealogy. His book ‘Irish Records’ (Ancestry Inc., now Turner Publishing) is a standard guide for Irish genealogy researchers. His other books include: Tracing your Sligo Ancestors (Flyleaf Press 2019); Tracing your Dublin Ancestors (Flyleaf Press 2009); Irish Church Records (Flyleaf); and a previous edition of Sources for Irish Family History (Flyleaf). He has lectured extensively at genealogy meetings and his research interests include church records and Rentals. He writes articles for Irish Roots Magazine; and blogs for Ancestor Network (

Flyleaf Press is the publishing arm of Ancestor Network Ltd. ( which provides genealogy research, and related heritage services to personal and professional clients. Flyleaf Press was founded in 1987 and is Ireland’s major specialist publisher of family history and genealogy titles. Flyleaf specialise in high-quality ‘how-to’ guides for research in various counties of Ireland. To date guides for 14 counties have been published. They also publish reference works on Church Records, Census records and wills. Reviewers of Flyleaf titles have noted that their titles contain ‘…information vital to the researcher, assembled by well-qualified genealogists’ (Books Ireland) while NY Genealogical & Biographical Record have said that “Genealogical Libraries will want to acquire all of them”.

E-Book: Sources for Irish Family History

2nd Edition ISBN 978-1-907990-39-7

Compiled by James G Ryan / €18 / 280 pages (A4 Size - 210 x 297 mm);

E-book; available in Calibre and usable on all e-book platforms

Flyleaf Press is the publishing arm of

Flyleaf Press also publish Guides for Tracing Ancestors in: Dublin, Kildare, Cork, Sligo, Limerick, Galway, Clare, Westmeath, Kerry, Limerick, Roscommon, Donegal, Tipperary, and Leitrim.

The book can be downloaded from

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