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Irish Genealogy Resources   Tags: celtic collection, genealogy, irish genealogy  

A guide to Irish genealogy materials maintained in the Celtic Collection at the University of St. Thomas.
Last Updated: Aug 11, 2011 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Genealogy Resources in the Celtic Collection

The Department of Special Collections houses a variety of resources of potential interest to genealogists tracing their Irish family history. Resources housed in the Department emphasize "the Irish in Ireland" more than "the Irish in the United States and Canada”.

The holdings of the Department of Special Collections are fully cataloged.  Information on these works is available through CLICnet (, the Libraries’ online catalog.  Materials designated Special – Ref are shelved on the north wall of the department’s Reading Room.  For access to other materials on the list, please ask for assistance.


Family Names

Beginning family historians often know nothing of their Irish background other than the fact that their name is "Irish."  The following works may be useful in locating information on surnames. 

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Irish family histories
Call Number: OSF Special Ref CS498 .G7 1993

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Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall = Irish names and surnames
Call Number: OSF Special Ref CS2411 .W6 1992

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The book of Ulster surnames
Call Number: OSF Special Ref CS2415 .B45 1988

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Dictionary of Irish Family Names
Call Number: OSF Special Ref CS2415 .G74 1997

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Ann Kenne
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Saint Paul, MN 55105-1086
651-962-5461 (office)
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