Welcome to the Irish Palatine Special Interest Group (IP-SIG).  We’ve been around since 2008, the first Special Interest Group established by the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Join us for a webinar with historian Philip Otterness

On Sunday, January 23rd at 2 p.m. EST Philip Otterness will be presenting a webinar entitled Die berühmte Landschaft Carolina and the Palatines:  The Founding of New Bern, North Carolina in 1710.

The 1709 migration from the Palatinate to Queen Anne’s England not only affected Ireland, but it had an impact on America as well. Some of those people who sailed in boats from Rotterdam to London with our Irish Palatine ancestors made their way to New Bern, North Carolina in 1710. This is the subject of historian Philip Otterness’s most recent research and he will share his findings with us in this webinar. Go to the Events Page to register.

Philip Otterness is professor emeritus of history and political science at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. He has degrees in history from the University of Pennsylvania (BA), Cambridge University (MA) and the University of Iowa (PhD). He is the author of Becoming German: The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York (Cornell University Press, 2004), which won the Dixon Ryan Fox Award for the best manuscript on New York state history in 2003. He continues his research on all aspects of the 1709 Palatine migration and is currently working on a book about the Palatine and Swiss migrants who founded the town of New Bern, North Carolina in 1710.

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Did you miss our webinar on the Irish Palatines in Quebec?

If you missed our webinar on Saturday, September 25th—an exploration of the Irish Palatines in Quebec—you can view it on the Past Webinars page. Carolyn’s talk explored the experience of Irish Palatine Loyalists who had first left Ireland in 1760 and settled in New York and then arrived in Quebec during the American Revolution. Most of them moved on to Upper Canada (Ontario) but a few of them set up home in Quebec’s Missisquoi Bay. She also talked about a group of Irish Palatines who emigrated directly from County Limerick, Ireland in the 1820s to Sherrington Township in southwestern Quebec, south of Montreal. Many of these people did not stay in Quebec due to their poor experiences with the land-granting system. Finally, she spoke about traces of other Irish Palatines pulled from various online historical records sources—hints that many more had settled in Quebec than previously recognized. Speaker and IP-SIG Director Carolyn Heald has been researching the Irish Palatine experience for many years.

1709 London Lists Now Available in Searchable Database

The London Lists, compiled for Great Britain’s Board of Trade listing the first four arrivals of Palatines in London in 1709, are a valuable resource for Palatine research—both research on the Irish Palatines and those Palatines who settled in America. Until now, historians and genealogists have had to rely on the flawed transcription published in 1909/10. A completely new transcription of these lists has been compiled and is now available to search. Members can find photographic images of the lists in the Members Only section. Search the London Lists now.

Virtual Tour of the Irish Palatine Heritage Centre

More than one hundred people joined us on Saturday, May 8, 2021 for a guided tour of the Irish Palatine Heritage Centre direct from Rathkeale, County Limerick, Ireland, presented by Austin Bovenizer.

Austin Bovenizer is a founder member of the Irish Palatine Association and has been Chairman since its inception in 1989. He lives at Killeheen one of the parent colony settlements, established in 1709 and can trace the male line of his Bovenizer ancestry uninterrupted back to the village of Undenheim in the Palatinate. With the help of villagers in that town he has been shown records and houses associated with his family. Along with his Bovenizer ancestry Austin has connections to the Delmage, Shier, Switzer and other Irish Palatine surnames.

You can view the tour on our Past Webinars page.

New Book:  Some German Origins of the Irish Palatines

Renown Palatine genealogist Henry Z (Hank) Jones has published a companion volume to his seminal The Palatine Families of Ireland. Some German Origins of the Irish Palatines reflects some of his recent discoveries about the definite, probable and possible German origins of some of the Irish Palatine families.  You can purchase his book through the Irish Palatine Association for 20 euros.

Names included are Altimes, Altimus, Ashbagh, Baker, Barkman, Barraban, Bart, Bercus, Bisherne, Bonus, Bovenizer, Bowen, Bredhour, Brough, Buckholtz, Cave, Copp, Corneille, Cough, Crips, Cronenberger, Crowe, Danner, Danninger, Daub, Domage, Embury, Filme, Fitzelle, Glazier, Golliday, Gudzeit, Guier, Hargitt, Heavenor, Heck, Hoopf, Hoost, Hutz, Kirchoffer, Keyser, Konig, Kuntz, Legear, Lesch, Lowe, Lower, Ludolt, Mace, Neazor, Nitchburne, Rapple, Real, Rhinehart, Rodenbecker, Ruckel, Rüfenacht, Ryling, St. John, Shimmel, Shire, Shoneweiss, Siebard, Smeltzer, Snitzer, Snitzerling, Sparling, Steeble, Steevell, Stingill, Strosser, Strough, Switzer, Teskey, Tyse, Vice, Willich, Zigler.

First World War Memorial Book Available to Order

With Remembrance Day fast approaching, the Irish Palatine Special Interest Group is proud to announce that our book We Remember has been printed and is ready for sale.

The book is 120 pages long and has a 2-page write-up for each of 46 Irish Palatine soldiers we were able to identify who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War.

You can find an excerpt of the book and information on how to order your copy on our Publications page.


Do you have Shiers in your family tree?

The Shiers were one of the largest Irish Palatine families in Ontario, with concentrations in Brock and Blanshard Townships. Roger Shier, who runs the shiergenealogy.ca website, has generously donated a store ledger that belonged to his great-great-uncle, Jonathan Shier, who lived in Woodham, a village in southwestern Ontario straddling the Blanshard/Usborne township line. The ledger will be of interest not only to those with Shier ancestry, but to anyone with ancestors in that part of Ontario. Find it under “Family Data & Research” in the Members Only section of the website.

Roger was our featured speaker for a webinar held on 31 October 2020. His talk, The Travels, Toils and Triumphs of the Shiers of Brock (and their cousins), can be viewed on our Past Webinars page.

Did you miss our first online webinar?

On Saturday, June 13, 2020, the Irish Palatine Special Interest Group offered its first online webinar.  Seventy-six people joined us on Zoom to see Garry Finkell‘s excellent presentation called Seeing Clear Across the Border: Palatine Loyalists from the Hudson Valley.  If you missed it, or want to watch it again, you can find the recording on our Past Webinars page.

Palatine Ancestral Homeland Tour – Postponed

The Irish Palatine Association in County Limerick, Ireland, is sponsoring a bus tour through the Rhineland Palatinate in Germany.  Due to the current world pandemic, the tour originally scheduled for September 2020 has now been postponed indefinitely.  For more information, visit the Irish Palatine Association website.