Tracing Your Limerick Ancestors – Margaret Franklin


This is a completely new and expanded edition of this valuable guide. 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. (ISBN 978-1-907990-33-5)



‘…. 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

‘Another wonderful publication from Flyleaf Press … an essential guide. This is a completely new and expanded edition of this valuable guide’  Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette

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’     Ancestors

‘… 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’   Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 68:96

‘… of great value to genealogists who have ancestors from Co Limerick.  The listing and descriptions of census substitutes  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)

‘… a scholarly review of possible sources of information and contains useful reference material. Because of the amount of information contained, every serious researcher into Limerick ancestry should obtain a copy of this book”    Cambridgeshire FHS Journal

‘People are not going to forget their Limerick ancestor’s history with this essential guide’    Irish Family History Vol. 30


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