Irish Palatine Special Interest Group
To assist Irish Palatines in learning about their genealogy and connecting with other Irish Palatines
Ontario Genealogical Society
OGS Conference Presentations
for SIG I-P
At the OGS Conference in May, the Irish Palatines SIG had its own special sessions on Friday, 29 May, before the main conference. Presentations included:
* Denis Jones discussing the homeland of the Palatines in the 16th to early 18th Centuries. He considered the role of the Elector Palatine, and the decline of the Palatinate from being a leading region of the Holy Roman Empire in the 1500s to becoming a spoil fought over by invading neighboring States in the 1600s. He explained the attraction of the British Colonies in the early 1700s.
* Bob Fizzell followed with information on the migration of the Palatines through England and on to Ireland. He described life in the Irish Palatine settlements, identified the many families who are ancestors to so many residents of Canada and the United States and explained how and why many Irish Palatines came to Canada.
* Carolyn Heald looked at the Irish Palatine families who emigrated to Ontario, exploring the locations and characteristics of primary and secondary settlements within the province.
* Henry Z. Jones, Jr. concluded with a general discussion on Palatine genealogical research.
The SIG-IP Directors have created a Eula C. Lapp Award which will be awarded periodically (not annually) to a person who has made a significant contribution to Palatine genealogy. At the conclusion of the Friday afternoon program, Henry Z. Jones, Jr. was presented with the award recognizing his extensive research into the many families that emigrated from the Palatinate in 1709.
For more details of the presentations, go to IP Conf Page