Tracing Your Mayo Ancestors is the forth book we have reviewed in the Tracing Your [Irish] Ancestors series from FlyLeaf Press out of Ireland. The entire series was created to help researcher both at home [Ireland] and abroad trace their family tree on a county by county basis. Essentially, each book in the series provides a listing of record and document resources within the given county. Each county has its own rich history, with a variety of key settlers, like the Normans, the Vikings, and other groups establishing the first communities and towns. With so many Irish descendents living outside the country, having a county by county resource could prove the very thing needed for finding one’s family in Ireland.
Mayo county sits on the northwest coast and is the second largest county in Ireland. The entire county’s population is around 124,000, down over 215,000 since 1841. Its heritage is a mixture of native Gaelic, Norman, and immigrant Gaelic from Northern Ireland; plus, the normal mixture, if in small numbers, of other ethnic groups from other places.
According to the author, “Mayo, like many other western Irish counties does not have a rich store of records. Therefore it is important that the full range of sources available are used effectively. These sources vary widely in their genealogical content…” This book lists available records of genealogical interest, with details about each source, their location, and reference.
Family Roots Publishing is proud to bring Flyleaf Press books to a North American audience. In addition to Tracing Your Mayo Ancestors, Family Roots Publishing carries eight other titles, including other volumes in the Tracing Your [Irish County] Ancestors series. Here is a list of the Tracing Your [Irish] Ancestors already reviewed on this blog:
- Tracing Your Cork Ancestors
- Tracing Your Galway Ancestors
- Tracing Your Dublin Ancestors
- Tracing Your Donegal Ancestors
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. How to Use This Book
Chapter 3. Administrative Divisions
Chapter 4. Civil Registration
Chapter 5. Census and Census Substitutes
Chapter 6. Church Records
Chapter 7. Wills, Administration and Marriage Licenses
Chapter 8. Land Records
Chapter 9. Commercial and Social Directions
Chapter 10. Newspapers
Chapter 11. Gravestone Inscriptions
Chapter 12. Surnames, Family Names and Histories
Chapter 13. Mayo in 1789
Chapter 14. Further Reading
Chapter 15. Library, Archives and Society Addresses
Order Tracing Your Mayo Ancestors from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: FLP017; Price: $18.95.