New Books: Maryland 1812 and Co. Kerry

Two books have been donated recently to your genealogy club library:

  • A Chronicle of War of 1812 Soldiers, Seamen, and Marines (shelved in United States/Maryland);
  • A Guide to Tracing Your Kerry Ancestors (British Isles/Ireland).

The Chronicle book does not mention Maryland in its title, but as its Preface explains, “This book is arranged alphabetically by surname of the veteran of the War of 1812 for whom a member of the Maryland Society claims direct or collateral descent.” The book is published by the Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland, whose website is available here. It’s a 112-page listing of War of 1812 combatants. There’s a sample at Google Books but the names listed in this volume do not seem to be available in an online database such as Fold3 or Ancestry. An extremely valuable asset if  you have a Maryland War of 1812 ancestor.

A Guide to Tracing Your Kerry Ancestors by Michael H. O’Connor (Flyleaf Press, 1990, 96 pages) is one of a series by Flyleaf Press, each focusing on one county in Ireland. This Co. Kerry volume is currently out of print and the Pima County system has no copy, so again if you have Kerry ancestors you’re in luck. The book’s limitation is that, being over 20 years old, it details printed sources and where to find them in Ireland. It’s useful if you’re planning a trip, but be aware that some sources such as church records have become available online in the interim.

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