New Resources for Tracing New York Irish–

Anbinder, Tyler, “Moving Beyond Rags to Riches: New York’s Irish Famine Immigrants and their Surprising Bank Accounts,” Journal of American History 99 (Dec 2012): 741-70. The Emigrant Savings Bank records in everyday Irish life.

Bayor, Ronald H., and Timothy J. Meagher, eds. The New York Irish. Baltimore MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996. Massive and thorough examination of the Irish impact on New York City and America. Includes maps of each borough of New York City, and the location of the Irish churches.

Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Online index to more than 500,000 persons buried there. You can search first name, surname. Index gives name, date of interment, lot and section#s. See also article in New York Researcher by Leslie Corn (Fall 2002/Winter 2003): 61-69 for very detailed instructions on how to find someone in the Index.

Buggy, Joseph. Finding your Irish Ancestors in New York City. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2014. Sage advice in the use of familiar genealogy records to identify and trace your Irish ancestor. One essential section is on Periodicals—with an alphabetical list of family data and pedigrees from specific genealogy periodicals.

Daly, Marie E. Genealogist’s Handbook for Irish Research: Resources and Strategies to Trace Your Irish Ancestors the Five Boroughs of New York City, with Judith Lucey. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2016. Focus is on linking your Irish ancestors in New York to their origins in Ireland and extending your pedigree in Irish records. See also her article “Eviction and Enforced Emigration: Landlord-Assisted Passage from Ireland,” American Ancestors 8 (Fall 2007): 19-24. Origins for 27,380 Irish emigrants in tenant-related estate records.

Fisher, James, On the Irish Waterfront. Cornell University Press, 2009. See review written by Jane Berger,

Goodrich, Victor B. “Sending Money Home: The Accounts of an Immigrant Financial Agent in Deposit, New York, 1851-1860,” Tree Talks 32 (Dec 1992): 1-55. Separate issue, #4. Original ledger in the Deposit Historical Society archives.

Haberstroh, Diane Fitzpatrick, and Laura Murphy DeGrazia. Voices of the Irish Immigrant: Information Wanted Ads in Truth Teller, New York City, 1825-1844. New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 2005. See also their article in the New York Researcher (formerly the New York Genealogical and Biographical Newsletter) (Summer 2005): 59 ff.

Inskeep, Carolee. The Graveyard Shift: A Family Historian’s Guide to New York City Cemeteries. Orem UT: Ancestry, 2000. Essential guide.

Irish Family History Forum Newsletter, Box 67, Plainview NY 11803-0067. Published since 1990, the Newsletter was winner of the National Genealogical Society Local Society Newsletter Award, 2013. Stay informed about genealogy resources on both sides of the Ocean.

Jones, Henry Z. (Hank). The Palatine Families of Ireland. 205 plus families from Rathkenle, Ballingrame, Adare, Killiheen, Kilfirame, Ireland. Available from the author. See also the Palatine Irish Index, MS 540, 1709-1766. Six different sources for County Limerick indexed together, Family History Library microfilm #100.212, item 5.

Kincaid, Roberta. “Payments to People Involved in Building the Erie Canal, 1820-1821,” Tree Talks 35 (Dec 2008). Separate issue #4. Includes map showing completion dates of each section of the canal. As each section was finished, it was opened to traffic.

Maguire, Jean. “Breaking New Ground: Our Historic Catholic Records Online Project,” American Ancestors 18 (Winter 2018): 24-28. Records of the Archdiocese of Boston are being digitized to create a new Irish database. The records are voluminous—the period 1789-1900 encompass nearly 1,000 volumes and 10 million names!

Rich, Kevin J. Irish Immigrants of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, 1850-1853, Volume I.  1-2500 Accounts. Volume II. 2501-7500 Accounts. For the author: PO Box 158, Massapequa NY 11758-9998. Entries transcribed from the original registers at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in spreadsheets. These accounts are also available on microfilm through the Family History Library.

Silinonte, Joseph M. Street Index to the 1892 New York State Census:  City of Brooklyn. For the author: 7901-4 Avenue, #D, Brooklyn NY 11209.  Includes the 6th Ward, which was mostly Irish.

State Education Department. The Mighty Chain: A Guide to Canal Records in the New York State Archives. Albany: State Archives and Records Administration, 1992. Description as well as list by Record Group.

Ward, Nathan. Dark Harbor: The War for the New York Waterfront. Picador Paperback, 2011.

Gentle readers: First, I draft the resource list; then, I read about the sources, how to search them, and where to find them. Finally, I research the surnames and families that are relevant. As I go through the records, I watch for references to additional sources not yet on my list. And I add them. This genealogy research order has served me well. I invite you to try it—a different approach is a new beginning for hard-to-find ancestors. Your favorite New York genealogist, Arlene Eakle.

PS The same technique applies to ancestors in Ireland equally well. In fact, many of the resources listed above also reference sources found in Ireland too.

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