A comprehensive guide to tracing families in Roscommon, where common names include Kelly, McDermot, Beirne, Regan Reagan, Flanagan, Connor, McDonagh & Quinn. It is filled with information on what the records contain, and how and where they can be accessed. It is well illustrated with maps and examples of the types of records to be found. It has an extensive listing of references to estate records, and family histories.
If you have Roscommon Ancestors this will be a must-read and certainly should be added to any library collection with an Irish focus.
This is a well thought out publication and leaves no avenue of research uncovered in trying to steer the researcher in the most profitable direction. There are lots of lists, addresses and a lengthy list of surnames common to the county. If you are new to research in Roscommon this is a publication you should have.
..Roscommon folk will find John Hamrock’s guide to tracing their ancestors most useful. It is a compilation of possibly all the sources on Roscommon genealogy that are available to the family researcher. Hamrock’s diligence in listing the hundreds of what he describes as the confusing range of sources is to be commended and he advises beginners and even experienced genealogists that new sources continue to be discovered. This guide should assist in filling the gaps in Roscommon’s story.
There are many people of Roscommon descent living in America , Britain and elsewhere. Should any of these wish to trace their family tree then this is the first book for them. It explains the basics of family research,…where to find information and so on… all of which amounts to a comprehensive guide to family history research in Roscommon.”
“Tracing your Roscommon Ancestors is the latest in a series of handbooks on doing research in individual Irish counties. Naturally there is more to be discovered about those with money and power and the author has included detailed lists of major landowners with the whereabouts of their surviving private papers. This is particularly valuable as they may contain references to their servants, employees and tenants. In addition, there are chapters on official records and other sources like newspapers and trade directories. This book should certainly give new hope to family historians who believe that Irish ancestry presents a brick wall”
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