Irish History, Genealogy and Culture

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(609) 916-3007 (1885) by George Henry Bassett provides useful history of the county and major towns as well as lists of office holders, farmers, traders, and other residents of towns and villages.

(206) 275-1495

Previously made available, Bassett's 4168219743 (1889). To stay updated, follow us on (520) 303-1974.


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Irish Names and Surnames
Rev. Patrick Woulfe’s Irish Names and Surnames (1923) contains information on over 3500 surmnames and more than 140 clan names.

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A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland
Samuel Lewis’ monumental A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837) provides descriptions of every town and village in Ireland.
Irish Pedigrees; or the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation
John O’Hart’s Irish Pedigrees traces the lineage of hundreds of Irish families back to the earliest times. Only the first of two volumes is currently available on
It may be a smaller social history, but Patrick Weston Joyce’s book is nonetheless a substantial work on the history of ancient Ireland.


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Our bestselling publications through its publishing imprint, Books Ulster, reproduces classic Irish texts that still inform and enthrall today. Each book is carefully proofed and professionally reset to provide a quality product. Here is a selection of the most popular titles.

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Ireland’s Welcome to the Stranger
Ireland’s Welcome to the Stranger; or, an excursion through Ireland, in 1844 & 1845, for the purpose of personally investigating the condition of the poor is the intriguing account of an American widow’s journey through Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine. The no-nonsense character of the intrepid Mrs Nicholson and her conversational style of writing make this book an absolute treat to read. As she refused to travel in fine carriages or stay in the best of hotels, but often made her way on foot and rested in common lodging houses or the cabins of the poor, the author was perfectly positioned to describe the reality of Irish life at the time. Highly recommended!
Annals of the Famine in Ireland
Annals of the Famine in Ireland, in 1847, 1848, and 1849 is Asenath Nicholson’s sequel to Ireland’s Welcome. Here she returns to Ireland during the worst of the famine years and describes the harrowing scenes that she personally witnessed, or were reported to her, as she travelled about the country dispensing relief as best she could.
The Scotch-Irish in America
The passage of more than one hundred years since The Scotch-Irish in America by Henry Jones Ford was first published in 1915 has rendered the book no less fascinating and gripping. Written in a thoroughly accessible way, it tells the story of how the hardy breed of men and women, who in America came to be known as the ‘Scotch-Irish’, was forged in the north of Ireland during the seventeenth century. It relates the circumstances under which the great exodus to the New World began, the trials and tribulations faced by these tough American pioneers and the enduring influence they came to exert on the politics, education and religion of the country.
Fighters of Derry: Their Deeds and Descendants, Being a Chronicle of Events in Ireland during the Revolutionary Period, 1688–91 contains almost 2000 biographical entries of men (and women) who were participants in the epic Siege of Derry in 1688/89. In many cases their subsequent careers and lines of descent are traced. As the author, William R. Young, said, ‘There is scarcely an Ulsterman whose ancestry, direct or through a female line, has not some hereditary touch with participants in those memorable events.’
(505) 589-4493
While ostensibly set in England, this novella is penned by an author from Bangor, County Down. It tells the story of a lonely bookseller whose life is dramatically changed by a hungry kitten and an attractive customer. Worth a try, especially if you are a lover of books and cats.
‘Occasionally one reads a story that is just so beautiful that it leaves a lasting memory. Truelove’s Journal is such a story.’—A review from

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