Irish Palatine Special Interest Group

Welcome to the Irish Palatine Special Interest Group (IP-SIG) – the first Special Interest Group established by the Ontario Genealogical Society in 2008.

The purpose of this group is to help you research your Irish Palatine heritage by providing resource information, links and a connection to other Irish Palatines.  Anyone interested in this SIG should e-mail SIG IP Communications at

Save the Date as we are On The Road Again!

The Irish Palatine Special Interest Group is pleased to announce a new tour, to take place September 13 – 23, 2018.  We are again travelling with the Great Canadian tour bus company who did such a great job for us in 2013.  We will travel in a comfortable highway coach (toilet included), and we will once again have the assistance of an on-board tour coordinator with concierge service at each hotel for our baggage.

Click here for a copy of the tour brochure.

The “In the Footsteps of our Irish Palatine Ancestors Tour” attempts to bridge the gap between the Irish Palatine Association’s 2009 Tercentenary Tour in Ireland and our 2013 “Irish Palatines in Ontario Tour.”  We will be following the footsteps of the Irish Palatines who left Ireland in 1760 to go to the New World, settling in New York City and then the Camden Valley, only to have their lives turned upside down once more when the American Revolution broke out in 1776.  We will follow the men who fought for the British and who then had to flee to Quebec when Burgoyne was defeated, followed later by their families.  We’ll also briefly explore some later Irish Palatine settlements in Quebec.

This circle tour will start and end in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  We will travel and stay in the following locations:  Montreal (one night stay), New York City (two nights), Saratoga Springs, NY (three nights), St-Ignace-de-Stanbridge, Quebec (two nights), Quebec City (one night), ending up back in Montreal (one night).

All breakfasts and dinners are included in the cost of the tour, as are four of the lunches.

The itinerary includes the following (subject to modification):

  • Historic Odelltown church near Montréal, site of an 1838 American invasion
  • Step-on Guided Tour of New York City
  • Admission to the 9/11 Memorial
  • Tickets to a Broadway show
  • John Street United Methodist Church (the first Methodist Church in America), with a chance to view its museum
  • Dinner with the Palatines to America New York Chapter (comprised of descendants of the Germans who left the Palatinate with our ancestors in 1709, but who went directly to the New World, without the benefit of a generational stop in Ireland!)
  • Camden Valley, including the Embury and Heck properties, the Moravian Burying Ground (Philip Embury’s first resting place)
  • Bennington, Vermont, including the museum with its famous Grandma Moses Gallery
  • Revolutionary Bennington and Saratoga battlefields, with the help of an historical interpreter
  • Schuylerville and “The Surrender Tree,” where Burgoyne surrendered to the rebels
  • Admission to Fort Ticonderoga and a visit to Crown Point (where the IP men joined the British forces)
  • Philipsburg and Saint-Armand cemeteries and churches in Québec
  • Domaine du Ridge Wine Tour
  • Missisquoi Museum
  • Old Quèbec City
  • Grosse Île, Canada’s quarantine station, where many new immigrants died
  • James United Church and the historic old town in Montréal

The Irish Palatine Special Interest Group is working hard to include as much Irish Palatine content as possible as we follow in the footsteps of our ancestors.

The cost of the tour, per person, is as follows:

Twin  – $3785.00 CD

Triple – $3675.00 CD

Quad – $3565.00 CD

Single – $5285.00 CD

The bus company does offer a “matching” service for people who are travelling alone and want to buddy up to take advantage of the lower fees for multiples.

Tours can be booked through the bus company directly by calling:

Local to Kitchener – 519-896-8687 ext. 280 or

Toll free – 1-800-461-8687 ext. 280 (works internationally)

Ask to book the “In the Footsteps of our Irish Palatine Ancestors” tour.


If you have any questions, please email us at  

It’s that time of year again, and apologizes in advance for the extra-long announcement this year!!!

If you would like to renew via mail, please click here to download pdf copy of the 2018 OGS Membership Renewal form.

If you would like to renew online, with the new OGS website, there is a new on-line membership renewal process as well, which is run through the OGS “Store”.

To get the full instructions on how to renew your OGS and IP-SIG membership (and any other branches you belong to!), go to Renewal Instructions

If you wish to take advantage of the OGS “Grow our Family” campaign (which ends at the end on December 31st), get details at Grow Our Family. There you will find a button called “Register for Coupon” that you and your new member will use on the Shopping Cart Checkout page.

The links that you will need are on the Membership system instruction page. However, for your ease, I have also included them here:

**Login (or Register to Login if you have not yet created a login profile) to the OGS Members Only section at: Membership Log In

The long route is to go to the Store at: OGS Store; Go to Membership at: Membership; and then

Choose your membership level:

Individual – Individual Membership

Family – Family Membership

Student (where applicable) – Student Membership

Institutional – Institutional Membership

The short route to take is that AFTER you have Logged in to the OGS Membership area see ** above, simply return to this page an click on the link to the appropriate Membership Level above!

On each Membership Level page, there is an “Add to cart” button for your OGS membership, as well, as buttons you can use if you wish to make a donation to the OGS, or a directed donation to one of the branches. Finally there are “Add to cart” buttons for all of the various branches and/or Special Interest Groups….such as ours (which, by the way, you will find on page 2 – use the page buttons at the bottom of the screen to navigate between pages). A check mark will appear in the Add to cart box when it has been successfully added.

Once you have all the branches that you want, and made any donations you wish to do, it is time to “checkout”. To do that, click on the shopping cart icon at the top right of any of the pages. Check to make sure all of your branches are listed (you can use the small red X beside the branch names if you have accidentally added a branch you don’t actually want, then click on Update Cart).

It’s now time to click on “Place Order”. On this page you will find the “Apply coupon” button you can use if you and a new member are participating in the OGS Grow our Family campaign.

To complete the credit card purchase, you must click on the Proceed to Checkout button, where you will enter your “billing” details (i.e. name and address, etc). Click on the Proceed to PayPal button. If you are a PayPal member, log in on this next screen. However, you do NOT need to have a PayPal account to complete the purchase. Do that by clicking on the Pay with a credit or Visa Debit Card button instead. Enter your payment details, click on the box to accept their Privacy Policy and then click on the Pay Now button. There will be a confirmation screen and then you will be redirected back to the OGS site.

You will receive an emailed receipt from the OGS for your purchase.

Thank you for your patience, and for supporting the OGS and the IP-SIG. You will be sent the 2018 password to our Members Only pages in January.

IP-SIG Project – 1stWW Memorial Booklet

To: Members of the Irish Palatine Special Interest Group (IP-SIG) of the Ontario Genealogical Society and Any Canadian Irish Palatine family who may have lost a IP relative serving in the Canadian Forces in the 1stWW

The Irish Palatine Special Interest Group (IP-SIG) of the Ontario Genealogical Society has formed a working group to compile, for publication, a collection of stories of Canadian Irish Palatines who perished in the First World War.

In the linked file Booklet full request for a submission to IP 1WW project you will find a ‘template’ which guides the participant on how to gather and submit the necessary information on each individual that IP families wish to be included in the Memorial Booklet. Also included are links to Web pages that you might use for locating military information on 1st WW deceased individuals, and two examples of a completed ‘Template’ for: 1. Gordon L Brown and 2. George W Shier

If you have an IP relative who perished while serving in the Canadian Forces in the 1stWW, please consider participating in the project. Also, we ask that the email and the file be passed on to any Canadian IP family that may have lost an IP relative in the 1stWW (the booklet is not limited to only IP-SIG members).

Many thanks for your consideration.

Prepared by the IP-SIG Working Group:
Roger Shier, Mary Wallace, Steven Davison and Denis Jones

The OGS Office has moved!

They can now be found at:

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Concord, ON L4K 2V1
They are located just east of Keele Street on the North side of Steeles Avenue, West of Tandem Road.

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