Simcoe County Branch – Surviving the Famine: Tracing the Irish Famine Generation in Ontario

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Date(s) - 12/02/2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Speakers: Dr. Laura Smith and Charmaine Lindsay

The story of the Great Irish Famine is well known. The population of Ireland was reduced by millions through starvation, disease, and outbound migration. While much of the emphasis and research has focused on those who did not survive the passage to Canada, or died upon arrival, the Canada Ireland Foundation has launched a new project to celebrate the survivors of this tragedy and their success in Ontario, many of whom settled in Simcoe County. Join representatives from the Canada Ireland Foundation to learn more about the project and the records used to trace the migration of thousands of famine emigrants from Lake Ontario ports into the interior of the province in the summer of 1847. The basis of the project is a group of little-known records at Library and Archives Canada called the Emigration Service Records. These records provide a vital missing link in tracing Irish famine migrants from an era where few passenger lists exist. The speakers will outline how you can use these records to trace your own Irish Ontario ancestors and how you can get involved to help with the Canada Ireland Foundation project.

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