'Bibliography for Researching
by Kate Press
Format: Soft cover book; ISBN 0 646 18166 1; 94 pp.
Published by Kate Press, Malvern.
Guides and Gazetteers
Genealogical Guides for Basic Research
Guides to Genealogical Records held in other Institutions
Biographical Dictionaries, Memoirs, Sketches, Guides and Handbooks
The Irish Manuscripts Commission
People In Important Office
State Papers and Court Records
Published Family Histories and Genealogies
County and Town Histories, arranged by county
Trade, Transport, Institutions, the Famine
Church Guides and Diocese Histories
Parish Registers and other Sources
Monumental Inscriptions and Memorials for the Dead
Early Census and Census Surveys
Plantation Records, Forfeiture and Confiscation
Wills and Marriage Licences
Directories and Almanacs
Newspapers and Periodicals
Military and Naval Records and History
Brief Chronology of Irish History
*Time Line for Irish Records
Index of Titles
Index of Authors
Index of Newspapers
Index of Maps
Index of Journals
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In her introduction to this excellent book, author Kate Press states that `it is the result of many years of research' and this is easy to believe when you scan through the pages which are crammed with summaries of the books and other resources of use in researching Irish Family History held in the Victorian State Library.
The holdings naturally have been grouped into appropriate classifications but it doesn't end there; each classification has an introduction giving the history and background to the resources contained therein, related resources and where they can be accessed if not held by the Victorian State Library. Research hints and examples are scattered throughout the text at the appropriate points, to demonstrate the usefulness of the various records.
`A Brief Chronology of Irish History', and a `Time Line for Irish Records' is included to assist the researcher in selecting records that are available for the various periods of time.
This book is very well laid out and is very easy to read; a clear `Contents' listing, an `Index of Authors', and an `Index of Titles' make the locating of resources quick and easy. Indexes of the various Newspapers, Maps and Journals in the listings are also included.
In this book the author demonstrates just how much research into Irish Family History can be performed here in Victoria and the importance of the State Library of Victoria as a source of information. I for one had no idea how extensive this collection was until reading this marvellous book and recommend it highly. Everyone researching Irish Family History here in Victoria should have a copy of this groundbreaking publication in their bookshelf.
*Book Extract below
TIME LINE FOR IRISH RECORDS
Notes for the above Timeline.
+ You would have to engage a professional researcher to search records held by the Registry of Deeds, the Folk Lore Commission and Estate Papers, held by both the Public Record Office and National Library of Ireland. Many indexes and records are available through the LDS (Latter Day Saints) Family History Centres.
Research Hint - To assist your research always use Manuscript Sources For History of Irish Civilization R.J. Hayes (ed.) as a guide to the whereabouts of the records.
Last Updated on 19 February 2012 by Data Tree Publishing