Wednesday, 25 February 2009
The film will be airing on Canadian television starting on 16 March from 8 to 10 pm on History Television, it is an excellent production.
More information about this interesting and important film is available at:
The official website for the film is located here:
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
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The new film Death or Canada screens at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto on Thursday March 5, 2009 at 7 p.m. It is the story of the Irish Famine of 1847. A call had gone out through Ontario Genealogical Society for people who were linked to the 1847 famine.
The show has already been seen on TV in Ireland, and was well received.
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Jim has also given the Ulster Heritage forum a new look and this is already turning into a very good place for all of us with
The Ulster Heritage newsletter can be subscribed to by going to the opening page of the Ulster Heritage main website: http://www.ulsterheritage.com/
The Ulster Heritage Forum can be accessed by going to the homepage of the Ulster Heritage website and then clicking on the Ulster Heritage DNA page located on the menu on the left side of the page.
Jim has built a linked database of nearly 250,000 people, over the years, which has been of great assistance to him in tracking his family tree. His keen interest in computers has led him to currently being the webmaster for the McCain DNA Project, the Ulster DNA Project and the Ulster McKane website, as well as his own personal websites. He has a great deal of public speaking experience, has taught many training classes and has always been very involved in community services. As a member of the Waterloo-Wellington Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, he organized and taught a number of classes on using computers for genealogy. Jim and his newsletter and forum are great assets for both Canadian and American researchers.
Many thanks to
Thursday, 12 February 2009
It may be news to some outside of Dixie, but there is a flag that has long been associated with people of
American and British settlers flooded into this area and most of these families were of Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry, with the majority being of
the Bonnie Blue Flag
On 11 September, 1810 a troop of West Florida dragoons set out for
The flag was a single white star on a blue field. The flag unfurled in 1810 was made by Melissa Johnson, wife of Major Isaac Johnson, the commander of the West Florida Dragoons. The flag is called by two names commonly, the Bonnie Blue Flag and the Lone Star Flag. It saw use in the 1820s and 1830s as the Scots-Irish pushed into
On January 9, 1861 the convention of the People of Mississippi adopted an Ordinance of Secession. With this announcement the Bonnie Blue flag was raised over the capitol building in
The Lone Star/Bonnie Blue flag has been in constant use from 1810. You will frequently see it today on license plates on cars and trucks and families fly the flag across the US South and beyond. The Bonnie Blue flag today is as popular as ever and still conveys the same spirit as the original lone star flag and it is part of our Ulster Heritage.
Barry R McCain
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
The Scotch-Irish did NOT stay in their little towns for generations. Considering the times, I find their movement amazing. One man, Moses White, is found in the records of the Dutch Reformed church in
The Scotch-Irish began as Presbyterians, but within one or two generations became Methodist, Congregational, Reformed Presbyterian, Baptist, or any other of the numerous denominations that have served our country’s religious needs. There is some valid speculation that many of the second generation of Quakers to
The local and national historical and genealogical societies are great resources for 1718 research. By contrast, universities and colleges in
There is no such thing as a Scotch-Irish surname. Our names may have originated, and may still be found, in
My generation is largely ignorant of its past. In fact, not until I had completed research on my Boyd family did my 70-something mother discover her Presbyterian roots. She had always thought she was the 'first' in the family to be Presbyterian. Seeing her cry while reading about her ancestors in
No one has yet written a definitive book about the methodology for Scotch-Irish research in
Colin Brooks is a genealogist specializing in Scotch-Irish research in the 18th century. Project developer of the 1718 Migration research. Co-author of the Northern Ireland website: http://www.1718migration.org.
Monday, 2 February 2009
The Knox families have long been an integral part of Irish society with a long list of very distinguished men and women. In the course of Ulster history they have have also sent many sons and daughters into the world in the Diaspora and their story continues. Ivan Knox, poet and historian, from Corcam, Donegal, has been collecting Knox family history for over half a century and some of his records are in the link above.
This friendly, informal course is an introduction to the language and culture of Ireland. It covers the vocabulary and phrases needed to have a social conversation, including how to greet people and discuss the weather.
Whether you are a complete beginner or already have some knowledge of Irish, this course will enable you to speak, read and write the language.
Classes are held in Teach an Cheoil- The Comhaltas Centre at the Dunloy GAA pitch.
Fees will be £30.00 (£20 concession) and for further information contact Máirín Gaston on 077 8050 8366.