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.

 

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.


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.


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.