Researching Down Ancestors

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Of the nine counties in Ulster, none can claim a more cosmopolitan and fascinating history than Down. In ancient times it formed part of the ancient Kingdom of the Ulaid; the Dal Fiatach, the most important of the groupings of tribes of Ulaid, came to dominate the east of the county with their capital at Downpatrick. Vikings came to raid and then settled along the coast. The Normans and Scottish and English settlers all played their part, and the distribution of surnames in the county provides lasting evidence of its complex history.

The purpose of Researching Down Ancestors is to provide a practical guide for the family historian searching for ancestors in County Down. It is true that many records have been lost, including those in the destruction of the Public Record Office in Dublin in 1922. However much has survived to aid the dedicated family or local historian. Moreover, it has become increasingly accessible in the detailed catalogues and user friendly searching aids in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Because of the breadth of the material covered, this book will appeal to both the experienced researcher and the novice. Of particular value are the detailed listings of the records of landed estates, churches and schools, as well as the appendices listing townlands and unofficial place-names for the county.

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Price: £11.99
Author: Ian Maxwell
Illustrator: n/a
ISBN: 9781903688014
No. Pages: 190
Dimensions: 152 x 221mm
Type: Hardback