Thursday, February 25, 2016

Interesting Ulster Historical Foundation Databases

Genealogical and historical societies outside of the U.S. and Canada often have records and resources about people who immigrated to both countries. These records can be of use to those doing research in the U.S. and Canada as they can provide evidence of an ancestor's passage to North America, or where they came from in Ireland/Northern Ireland, if certain details are known about their life in the U.S./Canada.

The Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF), for example, has a number of such interesting databases on their website. The UHF is "an educational non-profit organisation [whose] aim is to encourage an interest in the history of the province of Ulster; promote a positive image of Northern Ireland overseas; strengthen the links between Ireland and those of Ulster descent; broaden access to historical documents and records for Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy; and to inspire pride in Irish and Ulster heritage and culture.[1]

The databases below can be accessed by UHF Guild members. More information about each database is available on their Irish Genealogy Databases page.
  • Emigrants from Coleraine Workhouse to Canada, 1849
  • Emigrants from Killeshandra Parish, 1831-1841
  • Emigrants Cited on Troy, New York, Gravestones
  • Emigrants Cited on Co. Down Gravestones
  • Emigrants from Counties Antrim & Londonderry, 1830s
  • Passenger Lists, 1803, Newry, County Down to USA
  • Passenger List: Athenia
  • Passenger List: Dorcas Savage Portaferry to New Brunswick, 1819
  • Passengers to America, 1773, 1789-93, 1796
  • Preliminary Research in the USA: Naturalization Records from Vermont, 1839-1900
  • Derrynoose Emigrants, County Armagh, 1840-50

Sidenote: the annual Ulster Historical Foundation tour of North America begins next month on 5 March. They will visit Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Lessburg (Virginia), Chicago, Salt Lake City, Portland, Chehalis (Washington), Fountaindale (Florida), Memphis, Pittsburgh, York County (Pennsylvania) and Halifax. You can get all the information from the Irish Genealogy News blog.

[1] Ulster Historical Foundation. About Us. Available online at accessed 21 January 2016.