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Mapping the Ulster Diaspora: 1607–1960

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 22, 2006


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by Patrick Fitzgerald

"The recognition of what can only be described as a breathtaking and still pervasive misconstruction of the history of emigration from Ulster has acted as a spur to this reconsideration of the Ulster diaspora from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. And while the initial thrust of the article is based on the mapping of that emigrant experience, I would contend that the more significant conclusion relates as much to the timing of the emigrant stream as to its spatial distribution.

More specifically, it seeks to establish that the Ulster emigrant experience, having for long been associated almost exclusively with the eighteenth century, is in fact, and emphatically, very much a nineteenth-century phenomenon."

This fascinating article by Patrick Fitzgerald maps the Ulster Diaspora from 1607 to 1960, viewing the story of emigration from Ireland over those four centuries as a single story.