Friday, 26 June 2015

Irish famine migration to Canada in 1847-1848

The Digital Irish Famine Archive contains the digitized, transcribed, and translated French language annals of the Grey Nuns of Montreal, or Sisters of Charity, who first tended to Irish famine emigrants, especially widows and orphans, in the city’s fever sheds in 1847 and 1848.

It also includes annals from the Sisters of Providence and correspondence from Father Patrick Dowd, who worked alongside the Grey Nuns in the fever sheds, as well as testimonies from Irish famine orphans, like Patrick and Thomas Quinn, Daniel and Catherine Tighe, and Robert Walsh, who were adopted by French-Canadian families.

King, J. (2015): Irish Famine Archive, via

1 comment:

howard mathieson said...

Ireland’s population continued to decline dramatically in the decades that followed the famine. Out migration of the Irish to the four corners of the world was certainly a major factor. Interestingly demographic factors also played a major role as marriage rates fell dramatically and the birth rate declined.
The following map module demonstrates the legacy of the famine.