Information on migration of Scots from Renfrew to Northern Ireland prior to 1800

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A branch of my family tree, namely the McCormick branch, apparently migrated from Renfrew Scotland to Northern Ireland prior to 1800. I have been reading up on the Ulster Scots history. I know the first wave went to Northern Ireland 1606-1641. I believe there were also later migrations. I would like to research these migrations.  Is it possible there is a list somewhere of the families and the dates.  All of this being said, not all my McCormicks from Renfrew migrated to Ireland.  My link to my Renfrew McCormicks runs through Northern Ireland.  This is crating a huge brick wall.  Would appreciate as always any help WikiTree could provide.

Irene Pantalone - Canada

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in Genealogy Help by Irene Pantalone G2G6 (7.1k points)
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I wish I had better news, but the Scots and Irish jumped across the Irish Sea in both directions over hundreds of years, with little or no record keeping, just as they did in and out of England and Wales.  No border control, no passenger lists, nothing official.

The other problem is that a lot of Irish (and Northern Irish) records have been destroyed.  Pretty much anything before the 1850's is pot luck.

It's not all doom and gloom, if your family owned land (or businesses), or were in the military, you have some avenues open to you.  Likewise if you can follow their religion backwards the church records might offer some clues.  Catholic, Presbyterian, Church of Ireland, Church of Scotland....

I'm having the same issues with Clarks through the ages, so I feel your pain.
by Allen Clark G2G3 (3.2k points)

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