Book of Irish Families, Genealogy, History, Video

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Irish Roots Cafe Video Shorts. #6. Shownotes.
The Book of Irish Families.
Filmed live at the Irish Roots Festival workshops this year.

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What is The Book of Irish Families, great and small ?

The author and editor to this work explains the 3 different
sections to this book, and why it was compiled:

1. The Family History Section
2. The family location index ( particularly for rare names)
3. The Master Index to the Irish Families Project.

This book contains information on specific families from
every county in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Most of the info
in this volume is not found in the later volumes to the series.
Hence, it is made to work with the individual county volumes
to the series

What does it contain ?
This is the first volume of the Irish Families Project.
(see also video on the complete 34 book set).
Here are more details on the 3 sections to this book:

Section One of the Book of Irish Families
The first section contains family history from every county in
Ireland and Northern Ireland. This includes locations, coats of
arms, spellings of the name, and family history.  This material
in this book starts the family history collection in each county.
Several thousand families are found in this first section.
Later volumes continue the story on a county by county basis.

Section Two of the Book of Irish Families
The second section is the master location index.  It is included
to help research rare family names, variant spellings and locations.
Included are all the names from the 1659 census, the Birth Index,
and from special reports in our files. Many names are tied to a
specific Poor Law Union in Ireland. Most are tied simply to a county.
Section one contained family history, this section is strictly for locating
a county or Poor Law Union in Ireland connected to the name, and
possible variant spellings of the name.
There are some 18,000 families in this section, section two.

Section Three of the Book of Irish Families

This contains the Master Index to the entire Irish Families Project.
It will tell you if your surname, perhaps under several spellings, appears
in the other county books in the set. The volume number is given to
tell you which county book it is in.  There are over 45,000 family names
in this section, each tied to a specific county book. This book, which
includes all three sections is titled:
“The Book of Irish Families, great and small” by O’Laughlin,

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