Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors, Second Edition, William J. Roulston: Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of review and I have received other books from Genealogical Publishing Company, also for review. However, my opinions are my own and not influenced by outside sources.

Although I purchased this book myself months ago, I received a complimentary copy for this review. It’s a fabulous book for anyone with an interest in the Scots-Irish people!

Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800, Second Edition (2010) by William J. Roulston is a book that caught my attention because of my recent research into the Scots-Irish branch of my husband’s family tree.

Although available on our favorite online shopping site, the book actually shipped from Ireland and took several almost six weeks to arrive.

Having said that, it was well worth the wait, but it is now readily available in the U.S. from the Genealogical Publishing Company.

First, notice the incredibly detailed Table of Contents, which I’ve clipped from online because it is so lengthy:

Roulston’s book is definitely one for the reference shelf. It’s NOT a history – it’s an extremely thorough handbook on how and where to research Ulster Scots-Irish ancestors in the unexpectedly huge volume of resources available. The secondary title – The essential genealogical guide to early modern Ulster, 1600-1800 – leads the reader into the Table of Contents.

I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Table of Contents with so many sub-headings. In this case, it provides a thorough list of all the types of records and repositories that can help with Ulster research.

Given the detail in the Table of Contents, there isn’t much else to add except that if you have Scots-Irish in your family tree – whether they came to the American colonies or not – this book is worth every penny of the $34.95 price tag, which can be ordered online directly from Genealogical Publishing Company.

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