Voices of the Irish Immigrant: Information Wanted Ads in The Truth Teller, New York City 1825-1844; by Diane Fitzpatrick Haberstroh, M.L.S. and Laura Murphy deGrazia, C.G.; 282 pp; 2005, Cloth; 6x9; indexed by names and places; ISBN: 9781877692116; Item # NYGS01
In the two decades preceding the Famine there was already a considerable Irish immigration to North America, and given the limited communications of the time it was easy to lose track of relatives and friends who had crossed the Atlantic. "Information wanted" ads in newspapers were a means of locating these lost individuals. Diane Haberstroh and Laura DeGrazia have transcribed and indexed all the ads in surviving 1825-1844 issues of The Truth Teller, New York City's first Catholic newspaper. The ads mention names of several thousand immigrants living all over North America and, best of all for the genealogist; they also mention nearly 1,000 places of origin in Ireland.