Do you wonder who your first Irish ancestor was and when he or she left Ireland and arrived in Canada? Are you curious about your family’s Irish heritage?
If so, the LAC website is a great place to begin your research. For instance, you will find a page specific to genealogical research for the Irish. It provides you with historical background, LAC’s archival collections and published material, as well as links to other websites and institutions.
If you know your Irish ancestor came to Canada before 1865, the following three databases are great starting points for your research:
- Immigrants at Grosse Ile (1832-1937)
- Immigrants to Canada
- Montreal Emigrant Society Passage Book (1832)
If your ancestor came to Canada between 1865 and 1935, you might find his or her name on passenger lists.
Tracing your Irish ancestor in Canada is the first step. Tracing your ancestor in Ireland will require more research as the county where he or she came from in Ireland might not be known. Joining a genealogical society is an ideal way to begin your genealogy research.
Don’t forget to listen to The Shamrock and the Fleur-de-Lys, our podcast about the mass immigration of Irish settlers to Quebec in the 1800s.
Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you!