'Finding your Ancestors in Kerry' is a comprehensive guide to tracing ancestors in County Kerry. It describes all the various sources of information which are available for doing research, where each of these can be accessed and how to best use them in your search for your ancestors. It is well illustrated with maps and with examples of the types of records to be found; and with other relevant background material. It also provides background on the social history of Kerry and how this history has affected the keeping and survival of records. There is also a comprehensive index. The people of Kerry have a rich history. Although very predominantly Gaelic, their origins include Normans, English, Danish Vikings, French Huguenots and German Palatines. All of these have contributed to the character of twentieth century Kerry. Common names in the county include O'Sullivan, O'Shea, Sheehan, O'Dohoghue, O'Driscoll, Falvey, O'Connor, Moriarty, McCarthy, Kelleher, O'Connell, O'Mahoney, Fitzgerald, Cantillon, Stack, Hussey, Clifford and Fitzmaurice. Kerry people experienced a high level of emigration to North America and elsewhere, and Kerry names are found in many places.
Kay Caball uses all of her experience as a researcher and writer to put together the seminal guide for Kerry Research. This is the latest in a series of county guides published by Flyleaf Press. These include guides for Kildare, Limerick, Sligo, Galway, Dublin, Clare, Westmeath, Cork, Limerick, Roscommon, Mayo and Donegal.