Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: SC-513-001-1-1-Ireland-DPLS-1847

Subject Area: Social Processes and Indicators

Bibliographic Citation: The search for Irish immigrants through the Boston Pilot, 1847 and 1848.  [machine-readable data file] / Harris, Ruth-Ann  [principal investigator(s)] / Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin. Data and Program Library Service  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 11/25/1997

Number of Files Received: 2

Comments: The data and documentation are available via the DPLS Online Archive. All data have been coded from ads placed in the Boston Pilot newspaper beginning in 1831 and now coded through 1862. Data currently available include those where persons were reported to have left Ireland in the years 1847 or 1848, or arrived in North America in 1847 or 1848, and ads placed in 1847 and 1848. 1847 and 1848 were years when conditions were the worst of the five years of famine (1845-1850). 3/05 Please follow this link to the Missing Friends' online database which covers the advertisements published from 1831 to 1921 in the Boston Pilot.

Access Status: Unrestricted access

Date Ordered: 8/1/1996

Documentation: Machine-readable codebook produced by the DPLS with the assistance of the Principal Investigator. Also, see the published volumes of Ruth-Ann Harris (ed.) The Search for Missing Friends Vol. I-IV (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society). 4/98 a copy of the Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements places in the Boston Pilot volume I: 1831-1850 was received as a gift from the New England Historic Genealogical Society. 3/05 A CD-Rom titled the Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements placed in the Boston Pilot 1831-1920, edited by Ruth-Ann M. Harris and B. Emer O’Keefe is available through the New England Historic Genealogic Society.

Abstract: The data files contain records derived from ads for finding missing Irish persons placed in the Boston Pilot during 1847 and 1848, and ads where the missing persons are identified as either having left Ireland or arrived in North America during 1847 or 1848. Coded variables include date of ad, name of missing person, gender of missing person, county, parish, townland, barony, and poor-law district of origin, description of missing person, ship and port of departure of missing person, name of person placing ad, relationship of seeker to sought.

Media/File Reports:

7386 (CD-Rom)
7387 (CD-Rom)
9002 (USB Flask Drive)
9003 (USB Flask Drive)
9004 (SSCC network drive)