Friday, January 24, 2014

Looking For A Scanned Book?

The explosion in the number of scanned books over the last few years has opened up a previously difficult to access resource for genealogists. Local, obscure, and very old publications are often only found at a small number of libraries and repositories, making it difficult for many researchers to access them. Scanning such a book and putting it online immediately does away with the difficulty of accessing it.

So, if only there was a website that has categorized and linked such books for those doing Irish genealogy in North America? Thanks to Peter J. Clarke from county Down there is.


His website, Free Irish Genealogy ebooks, is guaranteed to get your non-genealogical spouse (NGS—not that one!) wondering why you are spending even more time online. The books are categorized broadly by themes, such as pedigrees, family histories, diaspora, resources, and more.

Of interest to readers of this blog are the Irish Diaspora – North America, Irish American Family Histories, and Irish Canadian Family Histories sections.

So, if you want to find out about topics such as the descendants of Bernard Gormley, an immigrant from Derry who came to New Brunswick; Irish settlers of southern New Hampshire; and the American and Canadian descendants of Thomas O'Shea from Kilkenny, then this is the site for you.

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