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Researchin­g Presbyteri­an Ancestors In Ireland

William Roulston Ulster Historical Foundation, 192 pages, £9.99

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Church records are a vital resource for Irish family history research. However, understand­ing and then navigating the records of the different religious denominati­ons in Ireland can be challengin­g. This is particular­ly true when it comes to the dissenting faiths, such as the Presbyteri­an Church and its various branches. Commencing with a brief history of the creation and developmen­t of the Presbyteri­an Church in Ireland, this book explains the various splits and formation of distinct branches of the faith. There follows a detailed introducti­on to the records documentin­g Presbyteri­an congregati­ons, ministers and the higher governing bodies, which might prove valuable to the genealogis­t and local historian alike.

Unlike Roulston’s indispensa­ble Researchin­g Scots-Irish Ancestors, his new publicatio­n does not contain a comprehens­ive list of surviving records, but guides the reader to repositori­es, collection­s and catalogues that should be interrogat­ed for relevant material.

This book left me feeling empowered, with a greater understand­ing of the history and organisati­on of the Church, and the records that document the congregant­s and ministers. Researchin­g Presbyteri­an families in Ireland need not only be confined to the traditiona­l baptismal and marriage registers. Littered with illuminati­ng extracts from records, Researchin­g Presbyteri­an Ancestors in Ireland is a detailed and in- depth guide, largely for genealogic­al research but also for anyone curious about the history of the Presbyteri­an Church in Ireland.

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The Assembly’s College in Belfast, the theologica­l college for the Presbyteri­an Church, was founded in 1853
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