Monday, September 9, 2013

Boston College Irish Genealogy Collection

Academic institutions are often overlooked by genealogists. Yet, they can contain important primary and secondary sources for genealogical research, along with considerable holdings of relevant books. Boston College has a considerable selection of resources at its main campus library, the O’Neill library.

Their collections includes a large number of “How To” guides; subscriptions to commercial genealogy websites; passenger list publications; place and place name books; family name information; and many other resources.

Unfortunately, it seems that only faculty and staff can access their holdings, but it is worth getting in contact to see if those not affiliated with the college can conduct research.

More widely, the college has access to a large number of databases relevant to Irish genealogy that can be accessed by any resident of Massachusetts with a library card.

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