Roscommon is one of Ireland's smallest counties by population, and its name derives from the Irish - Ros Comain, meaning St. Coman's Wood. Its social history is mainly based around agriculture and it was badly affected by the Great Famine of 1845-47, which resulted in the death and emigration of a huge portion of the population. Its people were active in the Rebellion of 1798 and it was also the birthplace of Douglas Hyde, the first president of an independent Ireland. This book sets out the range of Roscommon genealogical sources available to the family history researcher. It devotes a chapter to each source type explaining what information each contains, and where each record can be accessed.
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John Hamrock grew up in Boston and moved to Ireland in 1988. He is married and has three children, ages 13, 11 and 9. He has worked in the financial services industry for twenty-five years both in the United States and in a number of European countries. He and has family have lived in countries like France, Belgium, the United States and Ireland. John Hamrock has always had a passion for Irish family history research and surname origins; first conducting research on his own family, but then tracing ancestors for others. He is a member of the Genealogical Society of Ireland; Irish Genealogical Research Society; the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, and the Society of Genealogists. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. John has amassed a considerable library of Irish and international genealogical and heraldic books and publications. He concentrates his efforts in conducting family history research and writing.Review:
If you have Roscommon Ancestors this will be a must-read and certainly should be added to any library collection with an Irish focus. FGS Forum, Summer 2008 ..Roscommon folk will find John Hamrock's guide to tracing their ancestors most useful. It is a compilation of possibly all the sources on Roscommon genealogy that are available to the family researcher. Hamrock's diligence in listing the hundreds of what he describes as 'the confusing range of sources' is to be commended and he advises the beginners and even experienced genealogists that new sources continue to be discoveredA... This guide should assist in filling the gaps in Roscommon's story.A" Irish Times 12 April 2008 "There are many people of Roscommon descent living in America , Britain and elsewhere. Should any of these wish to trace their family tree then this is the first book for them. It explains the basics of family research,...where to find information and so on... all of which amounts to a comprehensive guide to family history research in Roscommon." Books Ireland January 2008.
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