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Librarian's new book on Tracing your Westmeath Ancestors

Sunday, 28th October, 2012 4:09pm

Story by Tom Kelly
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Librarian's new book on Tracing your Westmeath Ancestors

Flyleaf Press has published a guide to Tracing your Westmeath Ancestors by Gretta Connell, a senior Librarian in Westmeath County Library with a special interest in local history.

In writing Tracing your Westmeath Ancestors, Gretta has compiled a comprehensive guide to all of the records available for tracing families in the county. The new title is filled with information on what the records contain, and how and where they can be accessed. It is well illustrated with maps of the various administrative divisions; with examples of the types of records to be found; and with other relevant material.

It also provides background on the social history of the county and how that has affected the keeping and survival of records. There is also a comprehensive index.

Gretta Connell is a native of Westmeath. She is a long-serving staff member with Westmeath County Library and Archives Service and has a particular interest in local history and genealogy. In recent years Gretta completed a Diploma in Local History from National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and a Diploma in Genealogy and Family History from University College Dublin.

Her other writing includes an essay entitled Westmeath County Council and the Struggle for Independence 1916-1922, which was published in the book A Town in Transition: Post Famine Mullingar, edited by Seamus O'Brien (Rathlainne Publications, 2007).

Tracing your Westmeath Ancestors is the newest in a series of county guides published by Flyleaf Press. These include guides for Sligo (also launched this year), Galway, Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Roscommon, Mayo and Donegal.

Details: Tracing Westmeath Ancestors (ISBN: 978-0-9563624-2-1) by Gretta Connell.

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