Dr Ciarán Ó Murchadha writes about the Irish Famine and emigration in his book, Great Famine: Ireland's Agony 1845-1852 available in both Kindle and hardcover on Amazon.com
[Source: New facts about Great Famine emigration out of Ireland revealed]
Do you have Irish ancestors who left Ireland in this time period? I do. My 2nd great grandfather Joseph McGinnis left Co. Down with his wife Fanny Downey and their one year old daughter Bridget (aka Delia) in 1846. They arrived in Ontario Canada sometime that summer and joined a large McGinnis family who had left Ireland in the 1830s.
It must have been an unbearably difficult journey for all the poor Irish families who left, and incredibly torturous for those left behind. If you are looking for your Irish ancestors arriving in Canada, the following databases may be of some help.
Irish Canadian Emigration Records, 1823-1849 This database on Ancestry.com contains various records and reports of Canadian emigration agents James Allison and A.J. Buchanan. Among the various records are some emigration and orphan lists. These lists are searchable by name. The two collections in this database are: Neilson collection [Records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal, 1823-1845 Vol. 21 and 1846-1849 Vol. 22] & Emigration Agent Returns of Emigrant Orphans, 1847
You can also request a search for your ancestor in the following Books of Immigration and Ships Passenger Lists Records from the following books.
- [BOOK 1] Names of Emigrants 1845-1847. Records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal (Quebec Canada)
- [BOOKS 2-4] Canada Company Remittance Books 1843-1847 in 3 Volumes.
- [BOOK 5] Index of Passengers Who Emigrated to Canada between 1817 and 1849.
Also see the free Index of Names of Irish Emigrants from the 1845-1847 Records of James Allison, Emigrant Agent at Montreal