The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
This manual describes the resources available to the researcher looking for Irish ancestors in the five boroughs of New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. The time period is from the beginning of the 1800s to the early 1900s.
First chapters describe the history of, and contents of, the collections of city records, censuses, vital records, and what the author calls “underutilized records”:
- Almshouse records: New York City provided assistance to the destitute and homeless at various almshouses located throughout the city; the Almshouse Collection begins with records in 1758.
- Potter’s Field burials: also known as City Cemetery; records since 1869.
- Public sector employment records: records of public sector employees, many of them Irish as a result of Tammany Society politics, from 1883 to 1968.
- List of newspapers published for Irish Americans and Catholics in the 1800s.