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Sources For Irish Family History 2021, by Dr James Ryan, is a hugely expanded edition of our existing guide and lists some 6,500 references books, journal articles and other material on 2,500 families. These are mainly accounts of particular families and range from emotional accounts of the people and their ancestral homes to dispassionate and fully documented family studies and pedigrees. They can often put some human dimension to the barren facts available from the usual family records. No church or civil record will tell you that your ancestor was a wonderful singer or dancer; or of the details of their travels or their occupation; nor whether their recorded marriages were the culminations of great romances, or of family arrangements. Such information can, however, be occasionally found in the articles and books listed here.

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