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Distant Ireland - Migrations to the New World

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Migrations: The Making of America


The history of America is indelibly linked to the movement of people. Some were brought here not of their own free will, and their perseverance and resilience transformed the nation. Others came here—or moved within the borders of this country—because they sought a new life, free from poverty, discrimination, and persecution. The many contributions—cultural, social, and political—of these migrations, and the people who helped to build this country and what it means to be American, are honored in Carnegie Hall’s festival Migrations: The Making of America. From March 9 – April 15, Carnegie Hall will present Migrations: The Making of America, a citywide festival examining the musical legacies of three migrations: the crossings from Scotland and Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries, the immigration of Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe between 1881 and the National Origins Act of 1924, and the Great Migration—the exodus of African Americans from the South to the industrialized cities of the Northeast, Midwest, and West from 1917 into the 1970s.

On March 24th we will collaberate with the Ulster Historical Foundation to learn about Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research, and Emigration from Ireland to North America.

The story of Ireland and America are intimately entwined. The hopes and dreams of the Irish were lived out in America—not all were successful, but many were, and they left an indelible Irish mark on the character of the country. Learn how to trace those elusive Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors with staff from the Ulster Historical Foundation, experts in Irish family history research.

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1 Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research: the major resources

2 Emigration from Ireland to North America – sources for researching emigrant ancestors

3 Q&A

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Fintan Mullan is Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and has been responsible for the management of this successful Belfast-based, educational non-profit since 2001. He has extensive experience in Irish family history research and is a regular international speaker on Irish genealogy, having spoken in Ireland, Britain, Australia New Zealand, Canada and most of the lower 48 states of the USA. He has managed the production of over 100 Irish history and genealogy titles, including the perennial favourite, Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors. Fintan has ensured the Foundation has been at the forefront of developments in Irish genealogy, including heritage tourism products and the provision of online resources. He helped to pioneer www.rootsireland.ie, the unique database with over 20 million Irish historical records. He is a non-executive director of Irish Family History Foundation.

Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and is responsible for the management of the Foundation's many genealogical activities. As well as managing the genealogy side of the Foundation's work, Gillian carries out research for clients and is a hugely experienced user of the General Register Office and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. She regularly teaches courses in Northern Ireland and gives talks on family history in the rest of Ireland, the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Gillian has been co-presenting our annual North American lecture tours since 2013 and has been with the Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001.


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