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.

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!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Scots in Victoria, Australia

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As I child, I was fascinated by Australia and as a graduate student it was always on the periphery of my studies because so many Scots emigrated there. Recently, one or two Australia projects have crossed my desk at work which inspired me to see if I could find online sources for researching Scots who went there. What I found were many wonderful online sources for Victoria. There may be  equivalent sources in other states, but I was totally fascinated by the webpages about immigration and identity available from the Immigration Museum and other sources in Victoria.

Scots Wha Hae was a recent exhibit at the Immigration Museum (part of Museums Victoria) that examined the Scottish community in Victoria. On the exhibit page is a video with recent Scottish immigrants. I was much amused by the fact that one immigrant felt their new home Down Under reminded them of Glasgow and another was reminded of Edinburgh.

The Immigration Discovery Centre has a page dedicated to Family History Research. A reference sheet for Scottish Migration to Australia can be found here. The Centre also has data on Immigrant Communities and an online exhibit on Identity. These pages would be useful those studying immigration, ethnicity, or identity as data for a comparative study for a college paper or inspiration for a larger project.

Origins hosted by Museum Victoria is based on census data collected in Victoria since 1854. The page dedicated to Scottish immigrants is here.

There are many Scottish associations in Victoria including the Scots of Victoria, Australia. More groups can be found here.

A comparison of Scots in the 2006 and 2011 censuses can be found here (PDF).

Birth, Marriage, and Death records for Victoria can be found here. Bear in mind that there is a cost to see the search results. Then on the results page is information on ordering the record needed.

The State Library of Western Australia hosts a page for research in Victoria here.

Resources available at are listed here.

The FamilySearch Wiki page for Victoria could use a little help; but the main page for Australia looks useful.

The Australian Government has a web page dedicated to Family History with links to further information on many topics including Indigenous Family History, Anzacs, and how to get Birthday and Special Occasion Greetings from the Prime Minister or the Queen.

See what Family History resources are available at the National Archives of Australia.

And finally, see the Family History resources at the National Library of Australia. Resources specific to immigration can be found here.

Happy Searching!


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