Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

8/12/2004

Urban History Records as a Source for Irish Family History

By Michael Byrne

This article is intended to tell you something about urban records as a source for Irish family history, which to me is closely associated with the records of Irish landownership.

There are a whole series of records that need to be pulled together to do a major study of a town for research purposes. Such a study will, in passing, result in a considerable amount of family history detail which is not always of particular interest to urban historians, unless it should, for example disclose the career of a developer who was responsible for a number of building projects or an architect or a merchant involved in enterprising schemes. An aspect of course, that will be important is the study of population in regard to family size, age at marriage, number of assistants helping, servants, style of house, intensity of land use and so on.

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