Saturday, June 11, 2016

Happy Sixth Blogiversary to the Scottish Emigration Blog

Last year, I wondered what year six would bring to the Scottish Emigration Blog. It turns out it brought “not much” as my last post was 4 June 2015. A planned two week break has turned into unplanned break of almost 52 weeks. Readership has continued during my lapsed year, so thank you readers. I hope the posts have been helpful whether you seek Scottish emigrants for an academic project or for your family tree.

According to Blogger, the most popular posts of the past six years have been:

  1. Donald Whyte and A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants (2011)
  2. Immigrant Ancestor's Project from Brigham Young University (2011)
  3. Genetic Map of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland (2015)
  4.  Find Scottish Emigrants to the Americas Using Published Lists at Ancestry.com (2015)
  5. Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba (AÀA) ~ Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland (2011)
  6. EmigranThursday - William Dodds and Mary Hunter Dodds (2011)
  7. Who were the British Convicts sent to America, 1718-1775 (2012)
  8. Behind The Scenes: Corrupted Files and the Importance of Backup Files (2013)
  9. Olympics Fun: NBC Reporter Takes Field Trip to Glasgow (2012)
  10. Gaelic Everywhere You Look (2015)
Happy Blogiversary Scottish Emigration Blog! I have absolutely no idea what will happen in year seven.


photo by hotback via Morguefile.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July from the SEB

After the weekend's parades and barbecue, spend some quiet time looking for Scottish (and English) emigrants who came to Colonial America. Three subscription sites are offering free access to select databases for a limited time.

At Ancestry you can access their Colonial Vital Records database. 

At Fold3 you can access their Revolutionary War Collection.

At AmericanAncestors you can search their Great Migration (1620-1635) database.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Find Scottish Emigrants to the Americas Using Published Lists at Ancestry.com

Passenger Lists, David Dobson, Scottish Emigrants, AncestryMost people are aware that Ancestry.com has passenger ship lists available at their website. These database indexes and the accompanying images are of invaluable help to academic and family historians. What may not be so well known, is that Ancestry also has database indexes for many books that include details of Scottish emigrants to the Americas. Unfortunately, no works by Donald Whyte, compiler of A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to the USA, appear on this list. Most of these titles are by David Dobson and his books are useful because he has examined various sources (like wills and correspondence) in the United Kingdom that mention emigrants. These sources might provide a clue about an ancestor or help you identify a community to use as a case study for an academic project.

Ancestry is a subscription site so the links below will only work if you already subscribe to it; they might also work if you are in library that provides access the Library Edition of Ancestry. If you can't access these databases, then you can probably find most of these titles through your local library.

Search for name you are interested in on the search page. The results will include a list of names and links to the actual pages from the book. Once you get to the digital book images, you can browse it like an actual book.



Saturday, June 13, 2015

Happy Fifth Blogiversary to the Scottish Emigration Blog

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This past week, on 11 June, The Scottish Emigration Blog turned five. Thank you all for sticking with me, especially through years three and four.

According to Blogger, the most popular posts of the past five years have been:

  1. Donald Whyte and A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants (2011)
  2. Immigrant Ancestor's Project from Brigham Young University (2011)
  3. Who were the British Convicts sent to America, 1718-1775 (2012)
  4. Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba (AÀA) ~ Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland (2011)
  5. Behind The Scenes: Corrupted Files and the Importance of Backup Files (2013)
  6. Olympics Fun: NBC Reporter Takes Field Trip to Glasgow (2012)
  7. EmigranThursday - William Dodds and Mary Hunter Dodds (2011)
  8. Does Scotland Care about the Diaspora? (2011)
  9. Gaelic Everywhere You Look (2015)
  10. Scots in Medieval England (2015)

In addition to posting more regularly, I have done a few new things with the blog. I've started using Canva and Picmonkey, two online photo editing and design sites. I learned how to use them for work and saw no reason why I couldn't use them on the blog as well. I've have also begun finding (free) photographs at morgueFile and freeimages. All four sites are easy to use and if you need images or help designing a Facebook header or a similar item, you might try them. And finally, the SEB is on Pinterest.

I can't wait to see what happens in year six!

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