A highlight event for many at this year’s Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2014 was the Scots-Irish worship conducted by David E. Rencher and Dean J. Hunter.

“Scots-Irish research is not for the faint of heart,” stated Rencher.

The workshop attracted 120 conference attendees and covered, among other relevant topics, Scots-Irish immigration to North America, genealogical collections, Irish civil and religious jurisdictional boundaries, and records of the Presbyterian, Catholic and Church of Ireland religious bodies. Those who attended the two-hour program departed with a bound workshop manual filled with helpful content and resources for additional study.


For those who research Scots-Irish ancestry, 2014 has been quite the year for national conference offerings focused on the Ulster Scots. The National Genealogical Society’s annual conference, held this past May in Richmond, Virginia, offered presentations such as “The Scotch-Irish from Pennsylvania to Virginia and Onward,” and “From Ulster to Virginia and the Carolinas,” as well as other lectures on the subject.