Ireland and Scotland focused genealogical research group.

Irish Scottish Special Interest Group

Pictures of Scottish and Irish Flags
We are the oldest consecutive meeting group in SRVGS, beginning in 1987. Our interests are Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish genealogy. Several members have more than one of these in their ancestry. We share information from the internet, journals, DNA and books. Historically, we have learned about Tithe Applotments, Griffith’s Valuation, and parish registers and the Irish Genealogical Project (IGP). We share problems and new things found on Irish genealogical sites; our basic goal is to help each other with the struggles of Irish and Scottish genealogy.
Irish/Scottish Research - 2nd Wed 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - On Zoom.  Leslie Stewart, SIG Leader - 
The Pandemic has upended our "physical" meetings so we are currently meeting monthly ,online with Zoom ( on the 2nd Wed, 10am. These links were added to provide you some help in your Irish/Scottish research.
Scotland/Northern Ireland Primary Internet Resources
ScotlandsPeople is highly recommended
What’s at PRONI and other Ireland Internet Resources:
  • Old Age Pension claims are a proxy for the Destroyed 1841/51 census
  • Muster Rolls of 1630/40 showing Ulster Landlords and Tenants
  • Registry of Church Records- May be held at PRONI or local Churches
  • Valuation Records – (Census Proxy)
  • Griffith (1848-64)
  • Wills from 1900
  • Passenger lists and letters, mostly to US for selected years in 1800s
  • Ulster Historical Foundation:
  • Local History centers. Usually have tombstone pictures and local church records Ex.
Some Recommended Research Books:
  • Scottish Genealogy” by Bruce Durie
  • “To The Ends of the Earth: Scotland’s Global Diaspora” by T.M. Devine
  • “The Scotch Irish: A Social History” by James G Leyburn
  • “Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors” by Ian Maxwell
  • “Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors” by William J. Roulston
  • “The Scots: A Genetic Journey” by Alistar Moffat
  • “A Dance Called America, The Scottish Highlands, United States and Canada” by James Hunter
The above site list provided by Mark McLaren on 9 Sep 2020.
June 5, 2024