Tracing your Limerick Ancestors

  • ISBN13: 978 1 907990 069
  • 160 pages
  • illustrated (b/w)
  • 230 x 145 mm
  • softcover
  • Price: €13.00 · The following prices include Post and Packing: £14.50 to UK; $22 to USA; CAD$23; AUD$23; NZ$30

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This is a completely new and expanded edition of this valuable guide,  launched in November 2013.   Limerick is a pleasant, largely rural county with prosperous farms centred around the historic city of Limerick,  and the market towns of Askeaton, Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock, Newcastle West, Raheen and Rathkeale. Popular Limerick surnames include Ahern, Bourke, Cussen, Hayes, O’Brien, O’Connor, O’Donnell, O’Shaughnessy, McEnery, McNamara, Madigan, Murphy, Ryan, Walsh and Woulfe.  Many of its people have emigrated, particularly in the aftermath of the Great Famine. Its population dwindled from 330,000 before the Famine to 158,000 in 1891.   This updated edition sets out the records available, where they can be obtained and how to use each to best effect.  It includes numerous illustrations


The book opens with a chinese proverb "to forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source,  a tree without a root".  People are not going to forget their Limerick ancestor's history with this essential guide. 

Irish Family History Vol. 30

…. an excellent ‘must have’ for anyone trying to trace their Limerick ancestors

Irish Lives Remembered

Great book and an absolute must for tracing your Limerick ancestors!

History & Heritage pillar for Limerick City of Culture 2014

Another wonderful publication from Flyleaf Press has been donated to the Society’s archives recently.  Tracing your Limerick Ancestors is an essential guide for anyone researching ancestors for the City and county of Limerick….  This is a completely new and expanded edition of this valuable guide.

Ireland's Genealogical Gazette Feb 2014

..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.


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