Finding Your Ancestors in Kerry
By Kay Caball
( Flyleaf Press, 160 pages, £9) Another instalment in the Flyleaf Press collection of family history guides for specific Irish counties, this publication tackles Kerry. According to thee author, Kerry has had onne of the highest levells of emigration fromm any county in Ireland, with thee population decreasing from 295,000 in 1841 to 145,5500 in 2011. This means that there is a large diaspora with origins in Kerry who may be interested in investigating their Irish origins.
Following the same format as its other guides, the book outlines the main record sources: civil registration, church registers, land records, census returns and substitutes, wills, newspapers and estate records that are available for Kerry. There are very detailed lists of surviving church registers, census substitutes and land records, some of which might name only 100 individuals or less, but are still of potential use to researchers. Unfortunately, the final publication feels rushed, with poor layout in places, some confusing statements and the odd citation that is now out of date.
However, if you’re looking for ancestors who hailed from Kerry, you may find sources listed here that you have not come across before and it should prove useful.
Nicola Morris is the director of
Timeline Genealogy Ireland