An Irish-American man has published a genealogical research guide of County Longford's residents in pre-Famine days. Best of all, this new book is available both in print, as a CD-ROM, and even as two different versions of a downloadable file.
County Longford Residents Prior to the Famine: A Transcription and Complete Index of the Tithe Applotment Books of County Longford, Ireland (1823 - 1835) by Guy Rymsza aims to determine the origins of Famine-era ancestors. Rymsza compiled the work after discovering the ancestral house, complete with relatives still living in it, from which his great-great-grandfather had departed Ireland in the mid-1800s.
I have not yet seen the book, but the publisher's announcement looks interesting to anyone with County Longford ancestry. The book reportedly has three main sections:
Part I: Full Name Index of the over 12,600 male and female tithe payers, with landlords, lessors, and tenants. Lists surname, given name, civil parish and townland location.
Part II: Recapitulation of the Tithe Payer Records, arranged alphabetically by townland, and presented in the same order as the original records. Standardized names of over 930 townlands, many appearing later in Griffith's Primary Valuation, are cross-referenced with their local names, used in the Tithe Books, which have been obscured over the centuries. As an index of these townlands, the Recapitulation makes the final section of Civil Parish Maps navigable.
Part III: 27 Civil Parish Maps showing townlands, with 3 maps of County Longford's major land divisions. Detailed maps in an exclusive format supply the geographic information necessary to analyze, hypothesize, and draw conclusions about the identities of tithe payers. Possible locations are presented for townlands that have for decades been unassociated with geographic locations, based on correlation studies between the Tithe Applotment Survey and Griffith's Primary Valuation, and multiple map sources.
Sample pages and a complete index to all the surnames in the book are available on the publisher's web site.
The book is published in the US by Dome Shadow Press and sells for $49.95 in hardcover. However, the CD-ROM version of the same book sells for $39.95. Purchases can also purchase the book online and immediately download the entire volume. The downloadable version sells for $34.95.
At a much lower price, a "limited use" version of the book is also available. The limited use version will only function for 24 hours and is limited to printing a maximum of ten pages. The "limited use" version sells for only $7.95.
All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. You can find more information at http://www.domeshadowpress.com/ProductCatalogue.html