Monday, 4 May 2015

Researching your ancestors in Co. Tyrone: Book review

As reported last month (see blogpost), the North of Ireland Family History Society has published the third in its Researching your ancestors in the North of Ireland series, this time focussing on County Tyrone, the largest county in Northern Ireland.

As with the previous books covering County Monaghan (published 2013) and County Cavan (published 2014), the 54-page County Tyrone book delivers a comprehensive listing of available genealogy records and resources. The various materials are briefly described along with details of where they can be accessed online or offline.

The resources are presented in topics ranging from Land Records to Graveyard Inscriptions, and there's a four-page listing of 17th, 18th and 19th century 'census substitutes' to help those who have already made some headway in their research. There's also a one-page summary guide to the Ulster Plantation, a 50-item-strong bibliography of print publications, and a good list of local, national and family websites.

But the largest section, and perhaps the book's most valuable, is the 21-page table of Church Records. The presentation may be dense, but the information about the records of each parish of each denomination in the county is complete. It goes beyound the dates of surviving baptism, marriage and burial registers and includes vestry/session/committee minutes, communion rolls, pew rents, Sunday School attendances, stipend books and pretty much anything else that's survived from the various parishes.

If you have ancestors from County Tyrone, you need this book on your family history shelves. It's a book you'll reach out for on a regular basis, and it's absolutely up to date, with news of one particular resource that occured only ten days before the book launched.

At only £7.50, it's also very good value. Post and packing is included for UK addresses; £2.50 for the Republic and elsewhere in Europe; £4.00 for the Rest of the World. You can buy it from the Publications page.