Find­ing Your An­ces­tors in Kerry

By Kay Ca­ball

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - THE GUIDE -

( 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feels rushed, with poor lay­out in places, some con­fus­ing state­ments and the odd ci­ta­tion that is now out of date.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

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