Kinsearching December 16, 2012




Marleta Childs
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     A reprint that will be welcomed by many genealogists is THE IRISH AND ANGLO-IRISH LANDED GENTRY WHEN CROMWELL CAME TO IRELAND; OR, A SUPPLEMENT TO IRISH PEDIGREES by John O’Hart. Originally published in 1884 in Dublin, the work is a classic reference for researchers tracing their family lines in the Emerald Isle.

     Considered a companion piece to the earlier publication, IRISH PEDIGREES: THE ORIGIN AND STEM OF THE IRISH NATION, O’Hart’s supplement furnishes 257 additional genealogies of Anglo-Irish and Anglo-Norman settlers who arrived in Ireland after the English invasion. His supplement also enlarges or corrects a few pedigrees, such as those for the BENNETT, DILLON, MACGRATH, O’BRIEN, O’BYRNE, O’DONEL, O’SHEA, O’TOOLE, PURCELL, and SWENEY families.

     Comprising more than half the volume is an appendix that consists of abstracts of primary sources that were destroyed in the Public Record Office fire of 1922. The wealth of material includes a summary of the Commonwealth records (Oliver Cromwell was the English ruler during the Commonwealth and Protectorate period, 1649-1659); names of forfeiting proprietors in Ireland in 1656, 1702, and 1708; names of purchasers of forfeited estates, 1702-1708; the Inrolments (sic) of the Decrees of Innocents; persons transplanted in Ireland, 1653-1654; a list of officers in 1649; soldiers of the Commonwealth in Ireland; restorees, grantees, and nominees of King Charles II; names of grantees in the Commission of Grace of Kings Charles II and James II; Acts of Settlement and Explanation, 1661-1665, and names of individuals who received grants under the Acts; Books of Survey and Distribution; Irishmen who served in the Spanish Netherlands, France, and the United States (including individuals who participated in the American Civil War); a list of Lords and Commons who sat in King James II’s Irish Parliament in Dublin in 1687; retinue and field officers of James II in Ireland in 1690; and members of the Irish House of Commons in 1797. The variety of data supplies more than 22,000 references to an assortment of surnames.

     Because THE IRISH AND ANGLO-IRISH LANDED GENTRY WHEN CROMWELL CAME TO IRELAND; OR, A SUPPLEMENT TO IRISH PEDIGREES contains information about so many pedigrees and reproduces so many materials that are not longer extant, genealogists seeking their roots in the Emerald Isle should include O’Hart’s work in their resources to check. Genealogical libraries will want to be sure they have a copy available for use by their patrons.

     The 739-page publication has soft covers, an informative preface, a dedication, a list of abbreviations used in the text, and a bibliography of references. Also contained in the work are two indexes: one mainly concerning subjects and places, and another pertaining to surnames. To the book's price of $64.95, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy; for FedEx ground service, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order 9367) may be purchased by check, money order, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211-1953. For phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

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