THE IRISH IN AMERICA:
A Guide to Sources
Bibliographies and Reference Works
Blessing, Patrick J. "Irish." In Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, edited by Stephan Thernstrom, pp. 524-45. Cambridge, MA: Harvard, 1980.
Blessing, Patrick J. The Irish in America. A Guide to the Literature and the Manuscript Collections. Washington, D.C: Catholic University Press, 1992.
Daly, Marie E. "Sources of Irish-American Genealogy in New England." In The Irish in New England, pp. 10-24. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1985. Reprint from the New England Historical Genealogical Register.
Doyle, David Noel. "The Regional Bibliography of Irish America, 1800- 1930." Irish Historical Studies 23, no. 9 (1983):. 254-83.
Jones, Maldwyn A. "Scotch-Irish." In Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, edited by Stephan Thernstrom, pp. 895-908. Cambridge, MA: Harvard, 1980.
Metress, Seamus P., ed. The Irish-American Experience: A Guide to the Literature. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press, 1971.
Miller, Wayne Charles. "Irish-Americans." In A Comprehensive Bibliography for the Study of American Minorities, vol. 1, pp. 381-422. New York, 1976.
Weaver, Jack W. and DeeGee Lester, eds. Immigrants from Great Britain and Ireland: A Guide to Archival and Manuscript Sources in North America. New York and Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986.
The Irish in North America: General
Clark, Dennis. Hibernica America: The Irish and Regional Cultures. New York and Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1986.
Curtin, Chris, et al. "Emigration and Exile." In Irish Studies: A General Introduction, edited by Thomas Bartlett et al., pp. 60-86. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan, 1988.
Diner, Hasia M. Erin's Daughters in America: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1983.
Doyle, David Noel and Owen Dudley Edwards, eds. America and Ireland, 1776-1976: The American Identity and the Irish Connection. New York and Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1976.
Drudy, P. J., ed. The Irish in America: Emigration, Assimilation and Impact. Irish Studies, no. 4. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Elliott, Bruce. Irish Migrants in the Canadas: A New Approach. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1988.
Fanning, Charles, ed. The Exiles of Erin. South Bend: Notre Dame University Press, 1987.
----------.. The Irish Voice in America: Irish-American Fiction from the 1760's to the 1980's. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1990.
Grace, Robert J. The Irish in Quebec: An Introduction and Historiography. Quebec: Institut quebequis, 1993.
Houston, Cecil J. and William J. Smyth. Irish Emigration and Canadian Settlement: Patterns, Links, and Letters. Toronto and Belfast: University of Toronto Press and Ulster Historical Foundation, 1990.
McCaffrey, Lawrence J. The Irish Diaspora in America. 1976. Reprint. Washington: Catholic University Press, 1984.
----------. Textures of Irish America. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1992.
Miller, Kerby. Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus in North America. New York and London: Oxford, 1985.
---------- and Paul Wagner, eds.. Out of Ireland: the Story of Irish Emigration to America. 1994.
Power, Thomas, ed. The Irish in Atlantic Canada. Fredericton, NB: New Ireland Press, 1991.
Shannon, William V. The American Irish: A Political and Social Portrait. Revised ed. 1967. Reprint. New York, 1974.
Wittke, Carl F. The Irish in America. 1956. Reprint. New York: Russell & Russell, 1970.
Wilson, Catherine Anne. A New Lease on Life: Landlords, Tenants, and Immigrants in Ireland and Canada. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994.
Immigrants from Ireland in the Colonial Period
Bolton, Charles K. Scotch Irish Pioneers in Ulster and America. 1910. Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967.
Dickson, R. J. Ulster Emigration to Colonial America l7l8-l775. Ulster-Scot Historical Series, no. 1. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1966.
Doyle, David Noel. Ireland, Irishmen, and Revolutionary America. Dublin, 1981.
Ford, H. J. The Scotch Irish in America. Princeton, N.J., 1915.
Leyburn, James G. The Scotch-Irish: A Social History. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1962. Reprint 1991.
Lockhart, Audrey. Some Aspects of Emigration from Ireland to the North American Colonies between l660-l775. New York, 1976.
Marshall, William Forbes. Ulster Sails West. 3rd ed. 1950. Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1979.
McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America, 1735-1743: A Transcription of the Report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced Emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992.
Myers, Albert Cook. Immigration of the Irish Quakers to Pennsylvania, 1682-1750. 1902. Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964.
O'Brien, Michael Joseph. The Irish in America: Immigration, land . . . and burial records of the Irish in America in and about the Eighteenth Century. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1965.
Stephenson, Jean. Scotch-Irish Migration to South Carolina, 1772. Strasburg, VA: Shenadoah Publishing, 1971.
From the American Revolution through the Great Famine
Adams, William F. Ireland and Irish Emigration to the New World from l8l5 to the Famine. 1932. Reprint. New York: Russell & Russell, 1967.
Edwards, R. Dudley and T. Desmond Williams, eds. The Great Famine: Studies in Irish History l845-l852. Dublin, 1956.
Ellis, Eilish. Emigrants from Ireland: 1847-1852. State-aided emigration schemes from Crown Estates in Ireland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1977.
Harris, Ruth-Ann, Donald M. Jacobs and B. Emer O'Keeffe, eds. The Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot. vol. I, 1831-1850; vol. II, 1851-1853; vol. III, 1854-1856; vol. IV,1857-1860; vol. V, 1860-1865; vol. VI, 1866-1870. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1989-1997.
MacDonagh, Oliver. "Irish Famine Immigration." In Perspectives in American History X, 357-448. Cambridge, MA, 1976.
MacKay, Donald. Flight from Famine: The Coming of the Irish to Canada. Toronto and London: McClelland & Stewart, 1990.
Maguire, John Francis. The Irish in America. 1868. Reprint. New York: Arno Press, 1969.
Potter, George W. To the Golden Door: the Story of the Irish in Ireland and America. 1960. Reprint. New York and Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1973.
Immigration from the American Civil War to the early Twentieth Century
Bayer, Ronald H., and Timothy J. Meagher, eds. The New York Irish. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1996.
Fitzpatrick, David. "Irish Emigration in the Later Nineteenth Century." Irish Historical Studies, 22 (September 1980): 126-143.
Kennedy, Robert E., Jr. The Irish: Emigration, Marriage and Fertility. Berkeley, CA, 1973.
Meagher, Timothy G., ed. From Paddy to Studs: Irish-American Communities in the Turn of the Century Era. New York and Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1986.
Neville, Grace. "'She Never Then After That Forgot Him': Irishwomen and Emigration to the United States in Irish Folklore." Mid-America: An Historical Review 74 (October 1992): 271-289.
Nolan, Janet. Ourselves Alone: Women's Emigration from Ireland 1885-1920. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1989.
Schrier, Arnold. Ireland and the American Immigration, l850-1900. 1958. Reprint. New York: Russell & Russell, 1970.
Irish in Illinois and Adjacent States
Barry, Patrick T. "First Irish in Illinois." American Irish Historical Society Journal 4 (1904), 95-108.
Fanning, Charles, et al. Nineteenth Century Chicago Irish: A Social and political Portrait. Chicago: Loyola, 1980.
Lang, E. "Irishmen in Northern Indiana before 1850." Mid-America 36 (July 1954): 190-198.
Linehan, John C. "Irish Pioneers and Builders of Kentucky." American Irish Historical Society Journal 3 (1900).
McCaffrey, Lawrence, et al. The Irish in Chicago. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987.
McDonald, Sr. M. Justille. History of the Irish in Wisconsin in the Nineteenth Century. Washington, D. C.: Catholic University Press, 1954.
McGoorty, John P. "The Early Irish of Illinois." Illinois Historical Society Transactions 34 (1927): 54-64.
O'Leary, Cornelius F. "The Irish in the Early Days of St. Louis." American Irish Historical Society Journal 9 (1910): 206-213.
Onahan, William J. "Irish Settlements in Illinois." Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly 17, no. 4 (Fall 1985): 171; 189-191. Reprint from Catholic World 33 (May 1881): 157-62.
Ousley, Stanley. "The Kentucky Irish American." Filson Club Historical Quarterly 53, no. 2 (1979): 178-195.
Thompson, Joseph J. "The Irish in Early Illinois." Illinois Catholic Historical Review 2 (October 1919): 223-238.
Wyman, Mark. Immigrants in the Valley: Irish, Germans and Americans in the upper Mississippi Country, 1820-1860. Chicago: Nelson Hall, 1984.
Emigration: General Works
Akenson, Donald Harmon. The Irish Diaspora: A Primer. 1994.
Coleman, Terry. Going to America. New York: Pantheon ,1972.
Fitzpatrick, David. Irish Emigration 1801-1921. Studies in Irish Economic and Social History, no. 1. Dublin: Dundalgan Press, 1984.
Harris, Ruth-Ann M. The Nearest Place that Wasn't Ireland: Early Nineteenth-Century Irish Labor Migration. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1994.
Published Passenger Lists
Filby, P. William. Passenger and Immigration Lists Bibliography: Being a Guide to Published Lists of Arrivals in the United States and Canada. Detroit: Gale Publishing, 1981.
Filby, P. William. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: A Guide to Published Arrival Records of about 500,000 Passengers. 3 volumes, with annual supplements. Detroit: Gale Publishing, 1981ff.
Glazer, Michael A. and Michael Tepper, eds. The Famine Immigrants: Lists of Irish Immigrants Arriving at the Port of New York l846-l85l. 7 vols. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing, 1983-87.
Hackett, J. Dominick. Passenger Lists from Ireland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1973.
Mitchell, Brian. ed. Irish Immigration Lists 1833-1839: Lists of Emigrants Extracted from the Ordinance Survey Memoirs for Counties Londonderry and Antrim. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1989.
----------. Irish Passenger Lists 1847-1871. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1988.
Passengers to America: A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1977.
Remington, Gordon L. "Feast or Famine: Problems in the Genealogical Use of The Famine Immigrants
and Germans to America," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 78 (June 1990), 135-146.
Schlegel, Donald. Passengers from Ireland 1811-1817. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1980.
Tepper, Michael, ed. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Baltimore, 1820-1834. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1982.
----------. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia, 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986.
IRISH HISTORY and GENEALOGICAL SEARCH IN IRELAND
Bardon, Jonathan. A History of Ulster. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1992.
Foster, R. F. Modern Ireland 1600-1972. London, 1988.
Hachey, Thomas. et al. The Irish Experience. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1989. Paperback.
Kinealy, Christine. This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-1852. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1994.
Lyons, F. S. L. Ireland Since the Famine. New York: Scribners, 1971.
Moody, T. W. and F. X. Martin. The Course of Irish History. Cork: Mercier, 1984; rev. ed. 1994.
Moody, T. W., et al., eds. A New History of Ireland. 10 volumes. Oxford; Clarenden, 1976ff. Of special genealogical interest is volume 9, "Maps, Genealogies and Lists."
O Tuathaigh, Gearoid. Ireland Before the Famine l798-l848. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1972. Paperback, 1990
Scally, Robert James. The End of Hidden Ireland: Rebellion, Famine and Emigration. New York: Oxford, 1995.
Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-49. New York: Harper and Row, 1962. Penguin Paperback, 1992.
Baxter, Angus. In Search of Your British and Irish Roots. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994.
Begley, Donal F., ed. Handbook on Irish Genealogy. Revised 6th ed. Dublin: Heraldic Artists, Ltd., 1984.
----------. Irish Genealogy: A Record Finder. 2nd ed. Dublin: Heraldic Artists, Ltd., 1987.
Betit, Kyle J. and Dwight Radford. Ireland: A Genealogical Guide for North Americans. Salt Lake City, UT: The Irish at Home and Abroad, 1994. Reprint 1998.
----------, eds. The Irish at Home and Abroad. (periodical). Salt Lake City, UT, 1993 ff.
Cahalan, Don. Digging for Irish Roots: How to Search for Your Ancestors. Ad Infinitum Press, 1998.
Campbell, R. G. Scotch-Irish Family Research Made Simple. Munroe Falls, OH: Summit, .
Falley, Margaret Dickson. Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research. 2 vol. 1962. Reprint. Baltimore, 1984.
Genealogical Research Guide for Ireland. The Genealogical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Series A, No. 58. Salt Lake City, 1984.
Grenham, John. Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1992.
Irvine, Sherry, and Nora M. Hickey. Going to Ireland: A Genealogical Researcher's Guide. Victoria, B.C.: Ancestry Ireland, 1997.
MacConghail, Maire, and Paul Gorry. Tracing Irish Ancestors. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1997.
McCarthy, Tony. The Irish Roots Guide. Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1991. Corrected reprint, 1993.
Maxwell, Ian. Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors. Seven Hills Books, 1998.
Mitchell, Brian. Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy. Baltimore: Clearfield, 1991.
Ryan, John. A Guide to Tracing your Dublin Ancestors. Dublin: Flyleaf Press, 1988.
Yurdan, Marilyn. Irish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1990.
Guides to Sources
Hayes, Richard J., ed. Manuscript Sources for the History of Irish Civilization. 9 volumes and Supplements. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1965-1974.
----------. Sources for the History of Irish Civilization: Articles in Irish Periodicals. 9 vols. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1970.
Helferty, Seamus, and Raymond Refausse, eds. A Directory of Irish Archives. Second edition. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1993.
Irish Family History Society. Directory of Parish Registers Indexed. Third edition. Naas, 1997.
Lester, Dee Gee. Irish Research: A Guide to Collections in North America, Ireland and Great Britain. New York and Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1987.
Mitchell, Brian. A Guide to Irish Churches and Graveyards. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1990. Reprint 1995.
----------. A Guide to Irish Parish Registers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1988. Reprint 1995.
Nolan, William. Tracing the Past: Sources for Local Studies in the Republic of Ireland. Dublin: Geography Pubs., 1982.
Radford, Dwight A. Ireland: Fundamental Sources for Irish Genealogical Research. Salt Lake City, UT, 1992.
----------. "Irish Valuation Records." The Irish at Home and Abroad 1, no. 3 (Winter 1993/4): 7-10.
Rencher, David E. "Irish Estate Records," The Irish at Home and Abroad 1, no. 4 (Spring 1994): 1-5.
Ryan, James G. Irish Records: Sources for Family and Local History. Revised edition. Dublin and Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing, 1997.
----------, ed. Irish Church Records. Dublin : Flyleaf Press, 1992 .
Atlases, Indexes, and Published Censuses
Edwards, Ruth Dudley. An Atlas of Irish History. London: Methuen, 1973.
Farrar, Henry. Irish Marriages, Being an Index to the Marriages in Walker's Hibernian Magazine 1771 to 1812. 2 v. in 1. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1972.
General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, Parishes, and Baronies of Ireland 1851. Dublin: Alexander Thom for H.M. Stationery Office, 1861. Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1984.
Griffith, Sir Richard, comp. General Valuation of Rateable Property In Ireland. 200+ volumes. Dublin: Alexander Thom for H.M. Stationery Office, 1848-1864. Microfiche reprint. Dublin: Irish Microforms, Ltd., 1978.
Lewis, Samuel. Topographical Dictionary of Ireland . . . with Historical and Statistical Descriptions. 2 volumes and Atlas. London, 1837. Rev. ed., 1847.
Mason, William Shaw. Parochial Survey of Ireland. 3 volumes. 1814-1819.
Mitchell, Brian, A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Reprint 1996
O'Neill, Robert K. Ulster Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Ancestral Heritage Centres. Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation, 1997
Pender, Seamus. A Census of Ireland . Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1939.
Phillimore, William and Gertrude Thrift, eds.. Indexes to Irish Wills, 1536-1857. 5 vols. in 1. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1970.
Irish Families and Heraldry
Burke, John. Irish Family Records. London, 1976.
----------. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland. 2nd. ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1985.
Burke's Family Gentry of Ireland. London, 1958.
Grehan, Ida and Patricia Donelan. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Roberts Rinehart, 1997..
Grenham, John. Clans and Families of Ireland. Dublin, 1993
Kelley, Patrick. Irish Family Names, with Origins, Meanings, Clans, Arms, Crests and Mottoes. Detroit: Gale, 1976.
MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families, their Names, Arms and Origins. 3rd ed., rev. New York: Crown, 1972.
----------. More Irish Families. Galway & Dublin: O'Gorman, 1960.
----------. Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964.
----------. The Surnames of Ireland. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1985.
Matheson, Robert Edwin. Varieties and Synonymes of Surnames and Christian Names in Ireland, 1901. Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968.
O'Hart, John. The Irish and Anglo-Irish Landed Gentry. New York,: Barnes and Noble, 1969.
Woulfe, Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967.