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.


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.

In addition, Roger is our featured speaker for the next webinar, to be held on Saturday, 31 October 2020 at 2 p.m. The title of his talk is The Travels, Toils and Triumphs of the Shiers of Brock (and their cousins). See the Events page for further details.

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.

Annual General Meeting, May 23rd

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, we held our first online AGM.  SIG members can find the Zoom recording on our new IP-SIG AGM page in the Members Only section.

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 until September 2021.  For more information, visit the Irish Palatine Association website.


We’ve added a new Events page to the website where we’ll post events of interest to the Irish Palatine community.  Check it out.

It’s time to renew your membership!

Join our SIG or renew your membership for 2020.  You can renew online at the OGS website or by completing the 2020 Membership Application Form and mailing it in.