Researching Armagh Ancestors

A Practical Guide for the Family and Local Historian

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Armagh, the smallest county in Northern Ireland, has a rich, colourful and even tempestuous history. War, famine and emigration over the last four centuries have all contributed to forming the distinctive character of its people.

Its turbulent history has taken its toll on the evidence that remains. Many records were lost, including those in the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922. Much has, however, survived to aid the dedicated family or local historian and is accessible in the detailed catalogues and user-friendly searching aids in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Ian Maxwell writes both as an historian and an archivist eager to encourage researchers to use the fullest range of sources available.

An exceptional feature of Researching Armagh Ancestors is the reference appendices which include a breakdown of administrative divisions, listing some 1400 townlands and also unofficial place names that disappeared from official use after the standardisation of place names in the 1830s. Also provided for each townland are civil parish, barony and poor law union, plus the vital district electoral division details that greatly facilitates the researcher using sources such as census returns and property valuation records.


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Price: £11.99
Author: Ian Maxwell
Illustrator: n/a
ISBN: 9781901905895
No. Pages: 180
Dimensions: 152 x 221mm
Type: Paperback