Irish Palatine Special Interest Group

To assist Irish Palatines in learning about their genealogy and connecting with other Irish Palatines

Ontario Genealogical Society

Palatine Web Sites/Genealogies

   This is a listserve which every Irish Palatine should join. Meet your cousins, get quick answers and enjoy the exchanges as fellow IPs build their genealogies and learn about their ancestors.

    The Parent of us all

    Ontario Genealogical Society

    West Gwillimbury History/Genealogy - Simcoe County

    Monumental Inscriptions in the Church of Ireland Parish Graveyard at Rathkeale, Co. Limerick - Contains some inscriptions from the primary church of the Irish Palatines on the Southwell Estate.

    Many families identified

    Fissell family

    Various Palatine Families




    Sparling Genealogy

    Teskey Genealogy

    Discoveries by a Family Historian - comments and suggestions

Debra Dirks was checking google for Isabella County Michigan cemeteries and found this

wonderful site:


The following information comes from the Quinte OGS Branch site:   


This newsletter is updated daily and it often has interesting links, such as to the Canadian Headstones Project website


This could be an interesting project for our members participate in. 


Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - Standard Edition

The Plus Edition newsletter may be found at



The Library of Michigan collection of Michigan death certificates features nearly 1 million records.  This statewide collection offers researchers critical information in tracking Michigan ancestors during this time period.

Information includes the decedent's birth date and place, parents' names and birthplace, cemetery name and location, and much more.


The staff of the United Church Archives in Toronto are very pleased to announce that our Archives database and Graphics database are now available online! Everyone everywhere now has access to all fonds-level descriptions of records from the 5 Ontario Conferences and General Council, and item-level descriptions of our graphic images collection.

Please click the following links to go directly to the databases:

Archives database:

Graphics database:

Or go through our usual webpages to the "Archives Collections" page and look under the topic "Searching Our Collections" to find the links. Please note that the databases are in their beta form, with some design work left to do. There may be some kinks in them, but these will be ironed out in the near future.


The 1839 Murray census will have the broadest interest. I plan to do the 1840 then start on the early assessments.


Some things to think about when doing Google Searches:


This is a semi-pay site.  You can register and search the indexes for free, but if you want to see an actual record, you have to purchase a credit of 5 pounds per record.



For those of you tracing in Kent, ENGLAND, THIS IS A FREE SITE -



Anyone looking for obituaries from Manitoba can send to the Legislative Library of Manitoba at


 You need to know the date of death and the location.

  I made an inquiry late Friday after business hours and on Monday I had this reply.

           Yes we do obituary searches.

                Our minimum charge is $5.00 plus applicable taxes which covers up to 5 microprints.

                We will proceed with your request once you confirm that you are willing to accept the charges


Public Record Office of Northern Ireland puts index to wills online

Marian Press (of the Ontario Genealogical Society of the Toronto Branch) advises us that the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has put an index to wills online at:



English Non-Conformist Records

On September 14 the National Archives and S&N Genealogy Supplies put the pre-1837 Noncomformist church records online: Presbyterians, Independents, Baptists, Wesleyan Methodists and recusant Roman Catholics. Initially just RG4 and RG5, but many more records planned. The records will include the index and the digitized image. For a fee.


For those of you that are going to Ottawa and plan on making a visit to the National Archives, if you are not currently registered at the National Archives you must do so in person Mon - Fri from 9 am to 4 pm or you can go online this week and register. This is in case you can't get to Ottawa before 4 pm. on the Friday, June 1st. There is no one to do the registering in the evenings or on weekends and without a card you will not be permitted access. The card is only good for 1 year. > Services to the Public > Preparing for a Visit > User Card Registration > User Card Registration Form > fill in form > Submit



Ancestors On Board regarding the Titanic passenger list at or   They are also offering a cheaper rate for a short term of  searching. 




On Rootsweb the Wesleyan Baptismal records for Canada

and each listing gives the following data

Vol-No.-  Page No.- Dist. or county-   area-  Given Name of Child- family surname-  father-mother- residence-  birthplace-  birthdate-  Bapt-date- Bapt-place-  minister-

It is indexed by Family Name and alphabetized but be sure to check the

previous page when using family name index.




 "Starting Monday, March 19, visitors to can

 view high-quality digitized images of original records online by simply

 entering a person's name. They can even order electronic files or paper

 copies of these records online."


 More details at <>


Google Digitizes the Ottawa Citizen Archives

Google has digitized and made available online most of the archives of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, putting about 2.5 million articles at your fingertips, the earliest from 1890. You may be amazed at the speed and ease with which you can find family history.

Most genealogy researchers often have only a vague notion of a date, like the mid-1950s, for something as simple as a death notice. Finding the article on microfilm may require hours of mechanically loading one microfilm roll after another, always worried that, in a bleary-eyed state, you might skip right over the piece. Sometimes you can find the article in a few hours. Some searches may require days.

Contrast that with Google's online database. Enter the person's name and "Voila!" All references to that name in the archives appear on your screen within two or three seconds. If it is a common name, you may have to spend a few minutes clicking on the various titles until you find "your" man or woman. Contrast that to the hours or days required to do the same thing on microfilm..

One word of caution: The digital archive has some unexplained time gaps. Some obvious stories are completely missed. The new online tool certainly is not perfect but it is much better than previous research methodologies.

Google plans to digitize all the major Canwest dailies, with completion expected later this year.

Google's Advanced News Archive Search also contains the contents of a few hundred other newspaper archives and is available free of charge at

Genealogy podcasts

You can listen at

In addition, you can listen to The Genealogy Guys podcasts at,

Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems podcasts and videos at,

Irish Roots' Cafe On the Air at,

DearMYRTLE’s Family History Hour at,

Family History Expos' Genealogy Podcasts at,

and others.


Ian Little recently posted this useful information on the listserve:

I've found the following link which gives information on the Nantinan Tithe applotment records (including Ballingarane townland) :

It mentions the fact that the person who transcribed the entries had difficulty with spellings of some of the surnames. So, there is an entry for Swiker as opposed to Switzer, for example.

It shows a thumbnail of a map but it links off to a commercial website,, which sells historical maps.

Another interesting link I found along the way :

Also, the Griffith valuations (1850s) are fully searchable with plots identified and contemporary maps at

For example, put in the name "Ruckle" and choose Limerick from the dropdown list.

A Thomas Ruckle is listed as Nantinan. There is a slightly quirky web interface which will allow you see the list (and magnify) the records of the residents in the Nantinan/Ballingarane areas as recorded in the mid 1850s.

A separate link shows the contemporary maps of the time and you can identify the numbered plots that way.

It's more tedious to identify the plot locations than the Tithe map you showed in the presentation but it is one way of identifying the lands and leasing head of household and landowner's name, etc.


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