Erin’s Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada.
By Terrence M. Punch, FRSAI. Published by Genealogical Publishing Co. 2008-2013. Four volumes, each approx. 200 pages.
Atlantic Canada refers to the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and (more recently) Newfoundland. The time frame for these volumes is generally 1761-1863, with exceptions described in the early pages.
The four volumes (I have only seen Volumes II and IV) include introductory pages explaining the records being transcribed, maps depicting the regions, Irish historical notes, and the author’s commentary, including his comments on the complexity of doing Irish research. The volumes contain extracts of data from a wide variety of sources, chiefly public records, newspapers, and cemetery records.
The second volume covers approximately the same time period as the first volume, 1761-1853 but with approximately 7,000 additional names relating to Irish people in the region before 1853.
One example with sparse information: “Died 13 Apr 1817 at Shelburne, NS—Anthony DOUGHERTY, from Ireland – HJ, 28 Apr 1817.”
One example with more information: “Died at the Alms House in Saint John, NB in 1846 (dates as shown): 7 June 1846 – Bridget DORGAN, 32, from Cork; 16 June 1846 – Lawrence SULLIVAN, 22, from Cork; 24 June 1846 – Sarah KNOWLES, 35, from Cork; 1 July 1846 – Ellen McCAFFRY, 21, from Co. Tyrone; 2 July 1846 – Catharine SWIFT, 14, from Co. Fermanagh; 11 July 1846 – Ellen LEARY, 23, from Cork; 11 July 1846 – Eleanor FIELDING, 68, from Dingle, Co. Kerry; 17 July 1846 – Daniel HANNIFIN, 42, from Dingle, Co. Kerry. – NBC, 25 July 1846.”
And a textual example: “TYPHUS AMONG IRISH IMMIGRANTS – NBC, 23 May 1846: ‘Fifty-two sick passengers have been landed on Partridge Island (St. John), 42 of whom were from the Envoy with typhus fever. One young female named Grace McGOWAN from Londonderry died on the island; a child died on board the Princess while that vessel was lying at quarantine and was buried on the island. Among the passengers who have arrived, with the exception of those from Londonerry [sic], they are nearly all from the rural and mountain districts of Cork, Kerry, and Connemara with some few from Tipperary.’”
Volume IV brings the coverage up to 1863, when Irish immigration to Atlantic Canada had diminished to a trickle. Records of marriages, deaths, and census records predominate in this volume with the usual out-of-the-way records of ships’ passengers, runaways, deserters, and old soldiers.
These volumes contain hundreds of pages of lists of name, places, and dates, identifying Irish-born persons who emigrated to Atlantic Canada.
Another first-rate resource for Irish research.
Erin’s Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada in four volumes is available from Genealogical Publishing Company at http://goo.gl/7us9KM and from Amazon.com at http://goo.gl/PqGz9u and from many other genealogy bookstores.