Trace your Irish Ancestry

The Ideal Location to Trace Your Irish Ancestry

The Dufferin Coaching Inn in County Down is the ideal location when searching for your ancestors. It is close to Belfast allowing for easy access to the central records office. There's free Wi-Fi and plenty of space to work, as well as further information on Tracing your Family Tree. Killyleagh also has a well-stocked library and a very helpful librarian.

The Plantation of Ulster 1610

It all began during in The Plantation of Ulster 1610. The Scots Irish were planted in the northernmost counties of Ireland, instigated by the English. In 1610 lands confiscated from the native Irish were planted by settlers from lowland Scotland. The Scots had for centuries been drifting back and advancing to the eastern counties, Antrim and Down. At that time 20 miles of narrow straits separated Scotland from Northern Ireland. The lowland Scots were overcrowded in their own country and needed space, and opportunity to live and worship, as they wanted. Thus they seized with both hands the chance to settle on lands in Ulster. Even if they had to continually defend what they considered to be their land. The Scots Irish became established.

Timeline History of Ireland and the USA

Irish Timeline

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Irish Emigration

Both periods of emigration from Ireland of Irish, Northern Irish and the Scots Irish, in the 18th and 19th Centuries have resulted in millions of people around the world claiming Irish Descent, especially in America and Canada.

It is natural that many of these people are keen to trace their ancestors back to their Irish roots. This great migration, which began in 1717 and ended in the 19th century, following the Great Famine is a significant chapter of the Irish story.

The Scots Irish made an enormous contribution to American life especially in American Politics. 15 Presidents of the United States have Scots Irish Roots 4 of those have direct links to Northern Ireland today. Their ancestral homesteads can be found throughout the province. Many of the signatories on the Declaration of Independence can claim Scots Irish descent.

By the time of the first United States National census in 1790 the Scots Irish were America's second largest ethnic population. Religious persecution and economic and social deprivation had instigated the westward movement of mass emigration.

Scots Irish Americans and Canadians who hope to retrace the steps of their ancestors can do so with great ease in Northern Ireland. There are so many visitor attractions throughout Northern Ireland that bring to life the history of the Plantation and represent the sense of the Scots Irish character and spirit.

Genealogical Research can be challenging so its best to be prepared. Getting in touch with the right organisations can make your searches easier

Some useful addresses

Belfast Family History Centre
403 Hollywood Road

Centre for Migration Studies
Email: centremigstudies@ni-libraries

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