This book is a comprehensive guide for research on the families of county Limerick, Ireland. It sets out the records available, where they can be accessed, and how they can be used to best effect in genealogical or family history research. Popular Limerick surnames include Ahern, Bourke, Cussen, Hayes, O Brien, O Connor, O Donnell, O Shaughnessy, McEnery, McNamara, Madigan, Murphy, Ryan, Walsh and Woulfe. Many of its people have emigrated, particularly in the aftermath of the Great Famine. Its population dwindled from 330,000 before the Famine to 158,000 in 1891.