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

Palatine Genealogy and DNA Research

Descendants of the Palatine emigrants who left Germany in 1708-1709 and settled in the far reaches of the British Empire, including Ireland, America and elsewhere, have a new opportunity to connect with long-lost family members and learn far more about their German roots than they ever thought was possible.

A Palatine DNA Project was established in January 2008 and welcomes all direct descendants of these brave and hardy men and women. The goal is to determine if and how these families are related and to reunite those families that were split apart during the great exodus from Germany and resettlement throughout the world. DNA testing can make this possible, and this Palatine DNA Project coordinates and analyzes test results in an effort to reach this goal. Not only can participants learn about their connections to Germany but they will also likely find formerly unknown cousins and learn about their very deep roots, the path their ancestors took out of Africa many thousands of years ago that led them eventually to Germany. They will also be able to confirm or disprove their existing paper trails for their paternal and/or maternal lines.

All that is needed to take part in this important new research effort is to visit any of our websites and order a DNA test:

The first website explains the project in detail. The second is an overview specifically for males who wish to test their Y-DNA, the direct paternal line to a Palatine emigrant. The third is designed for males or females who have a direct maternal line to a Palatine emigrant.  

If you have already tested your DNA, contact the project manager, below,  to discuss your options.

Please visit our websites and write with questions any time.

Contact  Doris Wheeler, Palatine DNA Project Manager

The original family name for the Fizzell/Fitzell family was Fissell, pronounced like Fishel in the Palatine dialect. I recently connected through DNA analysis to a 7th cousin whose family left The Palatinate in the mid 1700s and went directly to Pennsylvania. His family goes by Fishel. Without DNA links I might have never met him.
Looking for Book Reviewers 

The OGS is seeking persons to review books related to genealogy for their journal, FAMILIES. If you are interested, contact John Becker, Editor,
Go to OGS
Don Dulmage explains the Irish Palatine migration at the Quinte Branch meeting.