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The Irish Emmigrant to Canada

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  • Benjamin Switzer, Sr (c.1809 - 1885)
    Military service : Dennison's Volunteers - 1838 Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy : Jan 28 2018, 16:53:45 UTC Not sure whether Benjamin was a member of the Dennison volunteers a...
  • Mary Switzer (c.1819 - c.1879)
    Mary Switzer (Leonard) According to Val Switzer's big book: Census 1851 Canada in Bentinck Grey Cty., Ontario Census 1861 Canada in Bentinck Grey Cty., Ontario aged 48 Census 1871 Canada in Bentinck ...
  • William Switzer (c.1795 - 1869)
    Apparantly went to Canada approx. 1832 with brothers. Wife Elizabeth was identified by Mary Wallace (letter 25 sept 1998 to Grant Ruske) Immigration : 1832 - Limerick, Ireland Reference: MyHerit...
  • Daniel Switzer (b. - bef.1848)
    Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy : Jan 28 2018, 16:53:45 UTC * Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy : Jan 28 2018, 16:55:04 UTC
  • Harvey Switzer (deceased)
    Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy : Jan 28 2018, 16:53:45 UTC

Irish Canadians

Irish Canadian are immigrants and descendants of immigrants who originated in Ireland. 1.2 million Irish immigrants arrived, 1825 to 1970, at least half of those in the period from 1831-1850. By 1867, they were the second largest ethnic group (after the French), and comprised 24% of Canada's population. The 1931 national census counted 1,230,000 Canadians of Irish descent, half of whom lived in Ontario. About one-third were Catholic in 1931 and two-thirds Protestants.

The Irish immigrants were largely Protestant before the famine years of the 1840s, when the Catholics arrived in large numbers. However, most Catholic Irish after 1850 usually headed to the U.S., England, Australia and Scotland.

Peter Robinson Settlers

In 1822, the British Government established a trial emigration scheme for Irish paupers to Upper Canada. There were two waves of emigration, one in 1823 the second in 1825. See Geni project Peter Robinson Settlers 1823-1825

  • The 2006 census by Statistics Canada, Canada's Official Statistical office revealed that the Irish were the 4th largest ethnic group with 4,354,000 Canadians with full or partial Irish descent or 14% of the country's total population.This was a large and significant increase of 531,495 since the 2001 census, which counted 3,823,000 respondents quoting Irish ethnicity.

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Peter Robinson Settlers 1823-1825