This article was originally published in The Irish At Home and Abroad
journal of Irish genealogy and heritage (volume 2 #1, 1994/1995).
No longer published.
Colonial Scots-Irish Immigrants:
The Irish Records
- Presbyterian Ministers
By Kyle J. Betit
Some Scots-Irish immigrants to North America in the 1700s were accompanied by their Presbyterian ministers from Ireland. In these cases, tracing the origins of the minister with whom an immigrant was associated can be useful to determining the immigrant's origins.
William F. Marshall's Ulster Sails West contains a list (with some details) of ministers who came from Ulster to America (FHL #1036618 item 10). Other important resources are:
- James and Samuel G. McConnell's Fasti of the Irish Presbyterian Church, 1613-1840 (FHL #994080 item 5), which excludes dissenting ministers;
- Adam Loughridge's Fasti of the Irish Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland;
- A History of Congregations in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. These books sometimes indicate emigration to America.