Monday, March 21, 2011

New on the Shelf : Memorials for Irish Research

Because most of the books purchased for genealogy collections are reference and have a long shelf life, they make great candidates for Memorial Books.  The Van Buren District Library sponsors such a program whereby money may be donated toward the purchase of specific books in someone's memory.

The latest memorials are additions to the Probst Memorial in honor of Shirley (Schultz) Probst who passed away January 12, 2007.  Shirley, who was a volunteer in the Local History department and an area genealogist, had an avid interest in Irish history and had herself purchased books for the collection.  Now her husband, Lonny, continues the tradition by making donations for the purchase of Irish materials in Shirley's memory.

New memorial Irish research titles include:

Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 1536-1810

Ireland : 1841/1851 Census Abstracts (Northern Ireland)

Ireland : 1841/1851 Census Abstracts (Republic of Ireland)

For a listing of other Irish genealogy research titles in the collection, visit the VBDL catalog and enter "Ireland Genealogy" under the subject category.

Inside each memorial book is placed a permanent name plate, identifying the memorial.  This can be a nice way to remember the historian in your family.  For more information about these books or regarding the Memorial Book program, contact the library.