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 that the 23rd meeting of the Ulster American Heritage Symposium will be hosted by the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Northern Ireland,  17-20 June 2020.

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.



Due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, a decision was made to cancel the 2020 UAHS conference due to take place from 17-20 June 2020.  All speakers have been notified and once decisions can be made on the future of the Symposium, we will be in touch with everyone.  Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting up – when this is possible.  Keep well and safe.

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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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