Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

Researching the History of the Peoples of Ireland Worldwide
23rd Ulster-American Heritage Symposium

Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies is located at the Ulster American Folk Park, outside Omagh. The Centre (MCMS) was established in its present form in 1998, and comprises three main elements – the Library, the Irish Emigration Database and a teaching and research programme.



Biennial Symposium

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 23rd meeting of the Ulster-American Heritage Symposium will be hosted by the Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee June 19-22, 2022. The Symposium is co-sponsored by the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

The aim of the Symposium is to encourage scholarly study and public awareness of the historical connections between Ulster and North America including what is commonly called the Scotch-Irish or Ulster-Scots heritage. The Symposium has as its general theme the process of transatlantic emigration and settlement, and links between England, Scotland, Ireland and North America. Its approach is interdisciplinary, encouraging dialogue between those working in different fields including history, language, literature, geography, archaeology, anthropology, folklife, religion, and music, to name a few.

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The Irish Emigration Database (IED)

The Irish Emigration Database is a computerised collection of primary source documents on Irish emigration to North America (USA and Canada) in the 18th and 19th centuries. It contains a variety of original material including emigrant letters, newspaper articles, shipping advertisements, shipping news, passenger lists, official government reports, family papers, births deaths and marriages and extracts from books and periodicals.

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