|by Brian Mitchell|
Since its publication in 1986, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland has
established itself as a key resource in Irish genealogical research. Now, with
the addition of maps detailing the location of Roman Catholic parishes in all
thirty-two counties of Ireland and Presbyterian congregations in the nine
counties of Northern Ireland, this new 2nd Edition moves the book to the
forefront of Irish genealogical research. Also, for the first time ever, this
one volume contains a complete geographical picture of the three major religious
denominations in Ireland during the middle years of the 19th century.
And just what is the importance of this? Civil registration for everyone in
Ireland didn't begin until 1864. Prior to that, the only records of births,
marriages, and deaths were found in local parishes. Therefore, the first step in
any Irish research for the first half of the 19th century and before should be
to identify the religious denomination and parish of your ancestor. Although any
of the Townland Indexes from 1851, 1871, or 1901 will show the location of each
civil parish (which generally corresponds to the boundaries of the Church of
Ireland parishes), it has been much more difficult to uncover the corresponding
Catholic parish or Presbyterian congregation. Until now!
This new 2nd Edition is not only invaluable for tracing your pre-1864
ancestors in church records but also for locating your post-1864 ancestor in
civil records, for this volume provides descriptions and maps of the parochial
and civil administrative divisions to which all major Irish record sources are
linked. To aid the researcher in identifying the precise location of the
administrative divisions, and thus their jurisdiction, Mr. Mitchell has drawn at
least four, and sometimes five, maps for every county. The first county map
depicts the civil/Church of Ireland parishes; the second shows the baronies and
Church of Ireland dioceses; the third map illustrates the poor law unions and
the parishes included within the probate districts serving that county; the
fourth plots Roman Catholic parishes and dioceses; and the fifth locates
Presbyterian congregations for the nine counties of Northern Ireland. Three maps
of Ireland are also included to show the area covered by each county, diocese,
and probate district. In addition, the book describes all of the major record
sources of Ireland.
These maps provide the clues to the Irish origins of millions of Americans,
making this atlas indispensable for tracing ancestors in Ireland!
Editorial Reviews Paperback, 123 pp., (2002) Reprint 2008
"[Mitchell's] Genealogical Atlas...is a tool that
not only the beginner but the advanced family historian as well will constantly
rely upon for the precise geographical location needed to access a particular
class of document."--THE IRISH FAMILY HISTORY FORUM, Vol. 3, No. 7
(March 1994), p. 5.
"This new atlas will save much ruffling through (expensive) ordnance survey
maps."--JOURNAL OF THE CORK HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, Vol.
"...Mr. Mitchell has made a useful contribution..."--IRISH FAMILY
HISTORY, Vol. III (1987).
"The book provides help in narrowing the search for civil and
ecclesiastical records..."--THE PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL MAGAZINE, Vol.
XXXV, No. 1 (1987).
"To the genealogical minded this source material should prove
invaluable."--THE IRISH HERALD (February 1987), p. 11.
"The atlas is a welcome tool for sorting rapidly through the labyrinth of
Irish land subdivision, and will be as useful to the experienced researcher as
to the novice."--THE IRISH EDITION (October 1986), p. 6.
"Clearly, this Atlas breathes new life into Irish genealogical
research."--THE IRISH EDITION (October 1986), p. 14.