Bibliography for The Great Famine in Ireland
Migration to Canada, 1845-1854
also known as "The Great Hunger" or 'An Gorta Mor'

Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893

July 3, 2017:
Our new Facebook Group, Irish Famine Migration to Canada, 1846-1854 is now up and running at 
It will examine the Irish migration to two famine gateways to Canada: through the Quarantine Stations at Grosse Isle, 
Quebec and also through Partridge Island / Hospital Island at Saint John and St. Andrews, New Brunswick. 
We will follow the emigrants of Black '47 from various counties in Ireland to several localities in Upper 
Canada (Ontario), Lower Canada (Quebec) and New Brunswick. This Facebook group will be based on ongoing 
famine research which is centred at the web site "Bytown or Bust" 
in Ottawa, Canada. It can be searched, one at a time, for Irish Surnames, Irish Counties and geographic 
areas in Central and Eastern Canada by using the dedicated Google Search Engine at the bottom of each web page. 
New material will be added to the Facebook Group above, on a more or less daily basis.

In my opinion, the three best books, (unfortunately not digitized), written about the Great Famine 
are Black '47 and Beyond: The Great Irish Famine
in History, Economy and Memory by Cormac Ó Gradá, Princeton University Press,1997, 
ISBN 0-691-01550-3  and The Graves are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People, 
by John Kelly, published by Picador, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2012, ISBN 978-0-8050-9184-7, 
375 pages, and Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine, by Dr. Ciarán Reilly,
(University of Maynooth), Four Courts Press, 2014, ISBN 9781846825545. (Emigration from the Mahon 
Estate in County Roscommon).   All three books are available over the Internet from

The book by Cormac Ó Gradá is refreshingly strong on actual economic analysis!

Book, Black '47 and Beyond, by Cormac Ó Gradá   Book, The Graves are Walking, by John Kelly    Book Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine by Ciaran Reilly

And the book A Chronicle of Irish Migration to Saint John New Brunswick 1847, by J. Elizabeth Cushing, Teresa Casey 
and Monica Robertson (now digitized), a publication of the New Brunswick Museum, ISBN 0-919326-36-6 is the best 
overview of Black '47 in New Brunswick, Canada.

The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-49, by Cecil Woodham-Smith, 1962
Hardcover Hamish Hamilton edition, also in Paperback from Penguin Books

Landlords, Tenants, Famine - The Business of an Irish Land Agency in the 1840s, by Desmond Norton, 
2006, University College Dublin Press, 
ISBN 978-1-904558-55-2 pb, c. 380 pages

Landlords and Tenants in Ireland, by Finlay Dun, published in 1881. Available here in .pdf format.

Atlas of the Great Irish Famine. Edited by John Crowley, William I. Smyth, Mike Murphy - Ordered 
from on August 30, 2017. Book details to come.

Here is the essential book of maps showing the various geographical, religious and political divisions 
in Ireland; A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, by Brian Mitchell, 2nd edition, 2002, Genealogical 
Publishing Co. Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, USA, ISBN 0-8063-1684-5.
Some Digital Resources for our interest in the Irish Famine Migration to Canada in our Facebook Group Allan Lewis, Ottawa, Canada
Names of Emigrants from the 1845-1847 records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal, Irish Research Group of the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, publication number 94-2, 994, ISBN 1-55116-72-8. This publication (112 pages) is now available from Global Genealogy in either hardcopy format or as a download in .pdf format. New October 15, 2017: The Grey Nuns of The Cross, The First Religious Order of Women in Ottawa, Ontario. They came in 1845 from Montreal, Quebec to Bytown, now Ottawa, Ontario, Canada This is a remarkable history of the Grey Nuns / Sisters of Charity, by Taylor Kennedy. The Grey Nuns began their work in Bytown in 1845 on the eve of the Great Potato Famine. They were the main charitable organization to minister health care to the famine immigrants from Ireland. Here is an article from the Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA: Saving the Famine Irish: The Grey Nuns and the Great Hunger Landlords and Tenants in Ireland, by Finlay Dun, 1881. THE IRISH MIGRATION TO MONTREAL, 1847 - 1867, M.A Thesis submitted to McGill University, by George Rex Crowley Keep in 1948, page 98. Here is a .pdf file (113 pages) about the Typhus epidemic of 1847 and the role of the Grey Nuns in health care. This article is from the National University of Ireland, Galway. And here is an M.A. Thesis by Peter Douglas Murphy: Poor, "Ignorant Children": "A Great Resource," The Saint John Emigrant Orphan Asylum Admittance Ledger in Context. A paper which contains a wealth of information and analysis regarding the pre-famine and famine Irish migrations to Saint John, New Brunswick. Here is another great book by Peter Murphy: SOURCE: Peter D. Murphy, Whence They Came, Irish Origins from pre 1900 New Brunswick Death Notices (2010),image reprint CD, (Milton, Ontario: Global Heritage Press, 2010), available as a download from Papers Relative to Emigration to the British Provinces in North America, page 9. (Note to me: Downloaded this document as emigrationtobritishprovinces1846govtdoc.pdf to laptop and to tablet ... Al)
Lord Palmerston and the Irish Famine Emigration. Available at, paper by Tyler Anbinder, in The Historical Journal, Vol. 44, No. 2 (June, 2001), pp. 441-469, Cambridge University Press, Pages: 29 Another interesting article: "The Regional Pattern of Emigration during the Great Irish Famine, 1846-51" by S. H. Cousens, PhD., at http://www/ Transactions and Papers (Institute of British Geographers), No. 28 (1960), pp. 119-134. (have hard copy of this article ... Al) Ireland’s Great Famine: An Overview, by Cormac Ó Gráda, CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH, University College Dublin, WP04/25, November, 2004 (saved to tablet as famineoverviewcormacograda.pdf .. Al) An Analysis of Irish Famine Texts, 1845-2000: The Discursive Uses of Hunger, by Jerome Joseph Day, McGill University, PhD, 2001 Information for Intending Settlers On the Ottawa and Opeongo Road by T. P. French, Crown Land Agent, 1857. This .pdf document was written by T.P. French in Ottawa in 1857. The western part of Renfrew County was surveyed into new townhips and lots in the late 1840's partly to receive new famine settlers from Ireland. (Free Land Grants for New Settlers) ... (Note to me: Downloaded this .pdf file as opeongolinesettlers.pdf) Here is another excellent paper which refutes the usual historical academic beliefs that the Irish Catholics disappeared into urban slums on arrival in Canada. This paper by Professor Mark McGowan can be downloaded or read here. The title is Creating Canadian Historical Memory - The Case of the Famine Migration of 1847, published by The Canadian Historical Association, 2006. The Grey Nuns of The Cross, The First Religious Order of Women in Ottawa, Ontario. This is a remarkable history of the Grey Nuns / Sisters of Charity, by Taylor Kennedy. The Grey Nuns began their work in Bytown in 1845. They were the main charitable organization to provide health care to the immigrants from Ireland. Desperate Haven - The Famine in Dungarvan (County Waterford) Canadian Association for Irish Studies The Story of the 1,490 - Famine Emigration from Strokestown, County Roscommon, in 1847 A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Ile in 1847, by André Charbonneau and Doris Drolet-Dubé, with the collaboration of Robert Grace and Sylvie Tremblay, published by Canadian Heritage and Parks Canada, ISBN 0-660-16877-4, 1997, 107 pages. This book is deceptive -- it contains thousands of names but on first glance, the question is how do we zero in on our own Irish ancestors, when there may be, for example, a dozen Patrick Murphys? BUT this book can be used to pinpoint our ancestors if we know the County in Ireland where they lived, the port of embarkation, the name of the ship on which they sailed -- but it won't be easy. I'm thinking of asking my granddaughters to sort these records, for example by name, by individual ship from County Sligo,, townland or landlord in Ireland. We'll see how this works out. Actually, in general, I'm surprized at how many of the famine records are digitized, especially in Quebec and Ontario; fewer records in New Brunswick. ... Al Web Site "The New Brunswick Irish Portal" - Thousands of names on passenger lists, etc. Thanks to Dermot Balson for this link. Strokestown and the Great Irish Famine, by Dr. Ciarán Reilly, (University of Maynooth), Four Courts Press, 2014, ISBN 9781846825545. Thanks to Pamela Clancy for recommending this book. Emigration from the Denis Mahon Estate in County Roscommon. September 29, 2017: Background to the murder of Major Denis Mahon, Strokestown Park, County Roscommon on 2 November, 1847. This .pdf file was written by Olivia McCormack as partial fulfilment of her Master's Degree at Maynooth University in 1994. Yesterday, Michele Duffy Martin posted a very good link to some academic papers describing "on the ground" conditions during the Great Famine in Ireland. These several papers pertain to conditions in County Waterford but the conditions are similar to all Irish counties. The link to this collection of papers, which can be printed or downloaded in .pdf format is at…/116768/116768.pdf. Here is an excerpt from the table of contents shown at the link above. ... Allan Lewis

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