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North Jersey History & Genealogy Center

Guides for Research-Pathfinders

Pathfinders are guides that are intended to help you get started doing research on a particular topic.  These subject guides are annotated lists of library resources and research tools that relate to Morris County and New Jersey history.


Exploring Irish-American History & Genealogy


St. Patrick's Day Parade, circa 1900
 
These are just some of the items from our collection that may assist you. Please ask a History Center Librarian for advice on further research.
 
Books from our Collection:

Genealogy and Family History:
 
A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering your Irish ancestors: How to find and Record your Unique Heritage. Radford, Dwight A.
H929.01415 Rad
 
Tracing your Irish ancestors: The Complete Guide.
Grenham, John
H929.01415 Gre

The Book of Irish families, Great and Small. O’Laughlin, Michael C. With volumes for Counties Kerry, Clare, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Dublin.
H929.01415 O’Lau
 
Irish Records:
 
Irish Records: Sources For Family and Local History. Ryan, James G.
H929.01415 Rya
 
Irish church records: Their History, Availability and Use in Family and Local History Research.
H929.01415 Iri
 
Master book of Irish placenames: Master Atlas and Placename Locator. O’Laughlin, Michael C.
H929.01415 O’Lau
 
Immigration:
 
Irish emigrants in North America. Dobson, David
H929.3 Dob
 
Ships from Ireland to early America, 1623-1850. Dobson, David
H929.3 Dob
 
Irish passenger lists 1803-1806: Lists of Passengers Sailing from Ireland to America.
H929.3 Iri
 
Passengers from Ireland: Lists of Passengers arriving at American ports between 1811 and 1817.Schlegel, Donald M.
H929.3 Sch
 
Ireland and Irish immigration to the New World from 1815 to the famine.Adams, William Forbes
H929.3 Ada
 
The Famine Immigrants: Lists of Irish immigrants Arriving at the Port of New York, 1846-1851. 7 volumes.
H929.3 Fa
 
The Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot. 7 volumes.
H974.461 Sea
 
Voices of the Irish immigrant: Information ads in the Truth Teller, New York City, 1825-1844.
 
Local, State and Region:
 
Greeting the Past: A Walking tour of the Dublin neighborhood in Morristown, N.J. Turkington, Cheryl C.
HM6 Tur
 
Greeting the Past, by Cheryl Turkington 
 
 
Published in 2006 and available for sale in the History Center for $5 plus tax.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Irish in New Jersey: Four Centuries of American life. Quinn, Dermot
H2 Quin
 
The New Jersey Ethnic Experience. Cunningham, Barbara (editor)
H2 Cun
 
The Story of a Parish: The First Catholic Church in Morristown, N.J.: its Foundation and Development, 1847-1892. Flynn, Joseph M.
HM6.16 Flynn
 
Living stones: A History of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Paterson. Kupke, Raymond J.
H2 Kup
 
Guide to Northern New Jersey Catholic Parish and Institutional Records. Wosh, Peter J.
H2 Wosh
 
Parade on MacCulloch Avenue, circa 1920
 
Browsing certain subject listings will be helpful in your Irish research. Be sure to check both the online catalog, as well as our card catalog as some older items are not on the electronic catalog. Some subject headings to look at are:
Ireland–Census
Ireland–Emigration and Immigration
Ireland–Genealogy
Ireland–History
Irish Americans–Genealogy
Irish Americans–History
Be sure to also use the indexes to The Jerseyman and search for Irish names, streets and activities to find 19th and early 20th century information relating to Morris County. The Jerseyman is now available as PDF images (in the History Center) or microfilm.
The History Center also holds the Boston Transcript genealogy columns (1896-1941) on microfiche. This source contains information on many Irish names. Microfiche GE0005
 
Vertical Files:
 
Newspaper clippings and other information on topical subjects. There are also files on specific family names.
Morristown–Irish
Morristown–Churches–Catholic
 
On the Web:

General:
 

Records:
DirectGov (will have Irish information)
 

Immigration:


National Archives–Immigration Records

National Archives–Passengers Who Arrived During Irish Famine

Boston Passenger Manifests
Ellis Island

Information Wanted (Advertisements from The Boston Pilot)

 
Institutions:
 
 
Map of Dublin area of Morristown, 1910
 
Databases:
Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest have an abundance of resources including census records, the Social Security Death Index, newspaper & periodical collections, deeds & court records and city directories. Additionally, Ancestry contains several unique databases documenting Irish-American history:
  • Boston, New York and Philadelphia Passenger lists
  • Irish Immigrants (New York, 1846-1851)
  • Ship Passenger Lists From Ireland (18th century)
  • New York Petitions For Naturalization (1792-1934)
  • Emigrant Savings Bank (1850-1883)–Established by the Irish Emigrant Society. Thousands of Irish immigrants’ information is contained in their records.
 


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