Book Review: Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City

When a new book comes on the market for Irish research, I am always interested in seeing what information is presented. The struggle to research Irish Americans back to the homeland is one that is personal to my research. After a decade of research is when I finally got the first clue that took my family back across the pond to the homeland.

As I started to read the book, Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City, I went through an explanation of the chapters; for a genealogist this is a gift from the genea-gods. It makes it so much easier to find what I am looking for. There are tips to find your ancestral home throughout the book.

The book is set into the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1 - Introduction
  • Chapter 2 - Introductory Record Sets
  • Chapter 3 - Underutilized Records
  • Chapter 4 - Strategies for Tracing the Irish in New York City
  • Chapter 5 - Where the Irish Lived in New York City
  • Chapter 6 - Sources for the Place of Origin in Ireland
  • Chapter 7 - The Roman Catholic Church
  • Chapter 8 - Roman Catholic Parishes in New York City
  • Chapter 9 - Cemeteries
  • Chapter 10 - Periodicals
  • Chapter 11 - Websites and Publications to Compliment Your Research

I definitely would recommend this book for anyone that has Irish ancestors that settled in the 5 burroughs of New York City.


Disclaimer: I received this book free, for a review. The thoughts expressed here are my own. 

About Terri O'Connell

Terri O’Connell is a professional genealogist in the Chicago area, focusing on Midwestern United States Genealogy, with a main focus in Illinois and a special interest in Irish research. She is also the owner of Cruise Planners – O’Connell Cruise and Travel (, a full service travel company. Their mission is to encompass the full family: vacations, reunions, and history travel. Terri is a travel enthusiast with a passion for genealogy and enjoys bringing the two together to assist her clients in their travel needs. You can find Terri online at, or you can find her at for all things genealogy. Terri is the Executive Director of The In-Depth Genealogist.

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