Saturday, August 27, 2016

Research Your Scots-Irish Family History with Family Tree University

Beginning 29 August, I will be teaching a four week course on researching your Scots-Irish Ancestry for Family Tree University:

Trace Your Scots-Irish Ancestry Back to Ulster

In this four week course, you will gain a basic understanding of the settlement of Ulster in the seventeenth century and the migration of the Ulster-Scots people to America in the seventeenth century. Descriptions of records and lists of websites will help you find many of the documents required to trace your Scots-Irish ancestors back to Ireland. You will also gain an appreciation for the challenges of Irish research. Review exercises and discussion prompts will encourage you to start your research and engage with your classmates.
What You’ll Learn
  • History of the settlement of Ulster and of Scots-Irish migration
  • How to identify Scots-Irish ancestors
  • Understand the limitations of Irish research
  • How to find Irish records
  • Techniques for scaling brick walls

You can find out more about the course and purchase it through the affiliate link in the upper right hand column of this blog. 

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 (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.

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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

Passenger Lists, David Dobson, Scottish Emigrants, AncestryMost people are aware that 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.


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