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Where Did They Go: Some Evidential Problems in Identifying the Destinations of Emigrants

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 02, 1986


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By Nigle McCarley

"The following is a short report detailing some problems encountered during an examination of mid-nineteenth century tenant's petitions on the Shirley estate, in Co Monaghan.

These petitions (PRONI reference D3531/P/1/1-5) contain a number of documents relating to assisted emigration to Australia and North America, including lists of emigrants.

It was these emigrant lists, specifically those to Australia, with which I was concerned."

This article looks at the difficulties the author had in trying to identify the destinations of emigrants from various documents.