FlagsWelcome 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.

 

Virtual Tour of the Irish Palatine Heritage Centre

More than one hundred people joined us on Saturday, May 8, 2021for 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 SIG Activities pages.


Ontario Genealogical Society Membership Opens November 1st

Join our SIG or renew your membership for 2021.  Log in to your account and go directly to the membership system or complete the 2021 membership form and mail it in.


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.


Events

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.