Column: Search Irish Vital Records for FREE

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: Search Irish Vital Records for FREE

Snippet: No one really knows when the first Irish immigrant arrived in Canada. It was probably in the 1700s, but given the number of vessels that visited the fishing grounds of Newfoundland and Labrador, it could have been as early as the 1600s. By the 1800, a small percentage of Canada’s population—perhaps 5 percent—was Irish.

During these centuries, the Irish trickled in with other groups, including the Loyalists. The largest influx came in the early 1800s. More than half a million arrived by 1852 due to the famine in Ireland. It is estimated 14 per cent of the population of Canada descended from these early immigrants.

The Irish preferred living in towns and cities instead of rural areas and sought employment instead of farming the land. This preference and the sudden increase of Irish meant they made up the largest ethnic group in towns and cities of Canada (except Montreal and Quebec City).

Although many Irish immigrants remained in Canada, thousands moved south into the United States. Those who stayed established communities and helped the country prosper.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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