This book is written by Noreen Higgins-McHugh, alocal historian and Tipperary native. It sets out the records available for family hiastory research, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect.Tipprary is one of the larghest Irish counties, aqnd has historically been prosperous in both agriculture and also some industry in the larger towns. Nevertheless, it sffered significantly from the Great Famineand resulting economic depression. The population dropped from 435,000 in 1841 to 173,000 by 1891. The major Gaelic families include (O') Fogarty, O'Brien, Kennedy, Ryan, Moloney, Meagher/Maher, Hayes, Hourigan, and Gleeson, while common Norman names include Prendergast, Burke, Purcell, Fitzgerald, Everard and Grace.