Thursday, March 17, 2016

How to Start Researching Your Irish Ancestors in Canada

Two Irish Girls. Curran, J.E.H. / Library and Archives Canada / C-055231

Did you know Canada’s fourth largest ethnic group is Irish?
It’s really no surprise when you consider how many Irish immigrated to Canada to escape the Great Potato Famine in the 1840s. Actually, the Irish have been coming to Canada since the 1600s.

With one in four Canadians having Irish ancestry, you may be one of them. Or, perhaps your Irish ancestor was only in Canada for a short time before moving to the United States of America.

How do you start researching your Irish ancestors in Canada?

If researching your Irish roots is new to you, then I suggest you start at the Library and Archives Canada website. Here you will find information on Immigration History: Ethnic and Cultural Groups, including Irish.

This webpage has links to three Library and Archives Canada databases to get you started researching your Irish ancestors, plus a list of published resources, and links to many other institutions and online resources.

If you’re looking for in-person assistance with your Irish research, then I invite you to come learn from the best. The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit is thrilled to have Irish family history expert Ruth Blair present two topics this October. When it comes to researching Irish roots from Canada, Ruth is one of the best!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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