Interest in genealogy is growing at a tremendous rate
and many people around the world are interested in finding out more about their Irish and Scots-Irish (or Ulster-Scots) ancestors. This section of the 1718 Migration website looks at some of the more important sources that may be used to reconstruct families living in the province of Ulster in the period 1600-1750. It is by no means comprehensive and for fuller information on genealogical sources in this period and detailed references to documents of interest, researchers should consult William Roulston's Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors
, published by the Ulster Historical Foundation in 2005 or Margaret Falley's book, Irish and Scotch-Irish ancesteral research: a guide to genealogical records, methods and sources in Ireland
Research into family history in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries is not without its difficulties. There is no denying that the loss of so many records in the destruction of the Public Record Office in Dublin in 1922 was a catastrophe as far as historical and genealogical research is concerned. However, since 1922 the work of archivists to gather records of historical importance has resulted in a vast amount of material being available for the genealogical researcher to peruse. In addition there are other repositories in Ireland where the collections have survived virtually intact, as well as categories of records now available that were not in the Public Record Office in 1922 and so escaped destruction.