Monday, April 7, 2014

Researching Our Scots-Irish Ancestors

Our ancestors, William Miller and his wife Rebecca Bradford have strong Scots-Irish roots in Northern Ireland ("Ulster") in the late 1600's and early 1700's.  While there are few primary records from this era, a general study of the Scots-Irish has proved invaluable to my research, as these people tended to immigrate to America and settle in groups and in very distinct geographical patterns. I believe further study of Scots-Irish trends will reveal more about our Miller and Bradford ancestors.  Here is a great book that would be of interest to anyone researching Scots-Irish roots:

Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster (by William J Roulston).  Barnes and Noble says of this book:
"One of the greatest frustrations for generations of genealogical researchers has been that reliable guidance on sources for perhaps the most critical period in the establishment of their family’s links with Ulster, the period up to 1800, has proved to be so elusive. Not any more. This book can claim to be the first comprehensive guide for family historians searching for ancestors in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Ulster.
"Whether their ancestors are of English, Scottish or Gaelic Irish origin, it will be of enormous value to anyone wishing to conduct research in Ulster prior to 1800. A comprehensive range of sources from the period 1600-1800 are identified and explained in very clear terms. Information on the whereabouts of these records and how they may be accessed is also provided. Equally important, there is guidance on how effectively they might be used.
"The appendices to the book include a full listing of pre-1800 church records for Ulster; a detailed description of nearly 250 collections of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century estate papers; and a summary breakdown of the sources available from this period for each parish in Ulster." (Source:
See more great book choices by doing an online search of "Scots-Irish books" and at:
2.          scotch-irish-heritage-of-american-english-reprint

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