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The Use of Ships’ Passenger Lists in the History Classroom

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 01, 1985


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By Anne D. T. Fay

“Many Irish secondary schools include a topic on emigration in their history syllabuses, and St Mary’s College, is conventional in this respect. The third year history scheme includes one unit based on some aspects of the social and economic history of Ireland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and another on the development of the U.S.A. in the same period.

These two sections are brought together and the year is completed by a project based on a visit to the Ulster-American Folk Park near Omagh, and a study of the Mellons, the famous family round whose ancestral farmstead the Folk Park has been developed.”

This article looks at the use of ships’ passenger lists in schools’ history syllabuses.