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Scotch-Irish Settlers in America, 1500s-1800s Immigration Records
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If you've got ancestors of Scotch-Irish descent, you'll want to explore the 13 volumes available here. Among these significant volumes, you'll find a collection of Pennsylvania genealogies from Chester county, a location historically scarce on genealogical source material.
  • Approximately 215,000 individuals referenced.
  • Genealogically valuable because passenger and immigration lists can be an invaluable primary source for tracing most immigrants to the United States, particularly in the 19th century.
  • Highlights include three out-of-print sources, including Ford's The Scotch-Irish in America, providing an essential historical perspective.
 Sources for Scotch-Irish Settlers in America, 1500s-1800s Immigration Records:
  • Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America
    by Charles Knowles Bolton
    This is a study of the emigration from Northern Ireland of persons of Scottish and English descent. Chapters are devoted to the Scotch- Irish settlements in Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Carolina, and Massachusetts and include valuable lists of early pioneers. In addition, considerable space is devoted to the redoubtable settlers of Londonderry, New Hampshire. The book's extensive appendices contain lists of great genealogical importance, including: (1) petitioners for transport from Northern Ireland (1718); (2) hometowns of Ulster families, with names of the Scotch-Irish in New England from presbytery and synod records (1691-1718); (3) members of the Charitable Irish Society in Boston (1737-1743); (4) names of fathers in the Presbyterian baptismal records in Boston (1730-1736); and (5) names of ships carrying passengers from Ireland to New England (1714-1720).

  • The Scotch-Irish. Or the Scot in North Britain, North Ireland and North America, 2 Volumes
    by Charles A. Hanna
    This is the basic sourcebook on the Scotch-Irish in America, a massive compilation of source records pertaining to the Scots who settled in the north of Ireland and their descendants in America. Volume I describes in detail the conditions occurring in both Scotland and Ireland at the time of the Scottish migrations to Ireland and America. Volume II contains a detailed survey of Scotch Irish settlements in America in the 17th and 18th centuries, featuring lists and records referring to tens of thousands of individuals. Also included in this volume are chapters devoted to Scottish names, Scottish families, and locations of Scottish families in Ireland.

  • Scots-Irish Links, 1575-1725. 2 Volumes
    by David Dobson
    This resource can help persons of Scotch-Irish descent make the linkage first to Ulster and then back to Scotland. The work identifies some 1,200 Scotsmen who resided in Ulster between the early 1600s and the early 1700s. Many of them were young men from Ireland — many bearing Scottish surnames — attending universities in Scotland. Still other Scots-Irish links were apprentices, ministers, merchants, weavers, teachers, or persons in flight. In a number of cases, Mr. Dobson is able to provide information on the man or woman's spouse, children, local origins, landholding, and, of course, the source of the information. While there is no certainty that each of the persons identified in Scots-Irish Links or their descendants ultimately emigrated to America, undoubtedly many did or possessed kinsmen who did.

  • The Scotch-Irish in America
    by Henry Jones Ford
    Professor Ford's history of the Scotch-Irish, though still considered by many to be the starting point for studying the history of the Ulster Plantation, has been out of print for many years. The Scotch-Irish in America tells the story of the Ulster Plantation and of the influences that formed the character of the Scotch-Irish people. Professor Ford commences with a detailed discussion of the events leading to the Scottish migration to Ulster in the seventeenth century, followed by an examination of the causes of the secondary exodus of these same "Scotch-Irish" to North America before the end of the century. Entire chapters are then devoted to the Scotch-Irish settlement in New England, New York, the Jerseys, Pennsylvania, and along the colonial frontier. Special chapters take up the role of the Scotch-Irish in the development of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S., some prominent Scotch-Irish preachers, the Scotch-Irish in the American Revolution and the birth of the new nation, and the role of the Scotch-Irish in the spread of popular education in America. Among the valuable resources at the back of the volume are a list of the "Scottish Undertakers" who applied for land in Ulster in 1609, a list of sources consulted in the preparation of the work, and a subject/name index with references to many early Scotch-Irish luminaries.

  • Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800, 3 Volumes
    by Lyman Chalkley
    Referencing 50,000 individuals, this monumental work consists of court records pertaining to the Scotch-Irish pioneers who first breached the mountain barrier sealing off the Atlantic seaboard from the country west of the Blue Ridge. In 1745, when Augusta County, Virginia was erected, its domain extended from the Alleghenies to the Mississippi River, and from the northern part of Tennessee to the Great Lakes. So, this stands as the supreme source of genealogical information for hundreds of thousands who trace their ancestry to Augusta County, and the Great Valley of Virginia.

  • The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania
    by Wayland F. Dunaway
    The best history of the Scotch-Irish of colonial Pennsylvania ever written, Dunaway's classic is indispensable to the genealogist. It outlines the circumstances behind the settlement of Lowland Scots in Ulster, their life in that Province for two or three generations, and the reasons for their emigration to America. This volume further traces the important migratory movements of the Scotch-Irish from Northern Ireland to Pennsylvania, and from Pennsylvania down the foothills of the Appalachians through the Great Valley of Virginia to the Carolinas and Georgia.

  • Pennsylvania Genealogies, Chiefly Scotch-Irish and German 2nd edition
    by William Henry Egle
    This collection of Pennsylvania genealogies is concerned primarily with families which, for the most part, settled in the extreme regions of colonial Chester County, an area for which source material is notoriously scarce. Fully two-thirds of the families included are of Scotch-Irish ancestry, and most, though not all, are brought down to the late nineteenth century. More than 3,000 names are found in the index.

  • Vital Records of Londonderry, New Hampshire, 1719-1910
    by Daniel Gage Annis
    In April 1719, a small band of Scotch-Irish settlers, under the guiding spirit of Rev. James MacGregor, founded the town of Londonderry in New Hampshire, which was destined to be an early Presbyterian stronghold in America. The keeping of vital records in Londonderry commenced almost at once. Years later, when the town voted to fund the printing of these vital records for the period from 1719 to 1910, there were approximately 25,000 records of births, marriages, marriage intentions and deaths. Compiled by the former town clerk and tax collector, Daniel Annis, the records are given here in alphabetical order under those four main headings. Not all persons in these records are Scotch-Irish or of Scotch-Irish descent, but the historically significant Scotch-Irish element is traceable through all the nearly 200 years of records.

  • Scotch-Irish Migration to South Carolina, 1772: Rev. William Martin and His Five Shiploads of Settlers
    by Jean Stephenson
    This book began as Jean Stephenson's effort to validate the family tradition that her great-great-grandparents emigrated from Belfast to South Carolina under the leadership of Covenanter Presbyterian minister William Martin in 1772. Not only was the author able to authenticate the crux of the story, but, in the process, placed nearly 500 Scotch-Irish families in South Carolina on the eve of the Revolutionary War. The author references records of the South Carolina Council Journal and tax lists, passenger lists, church histories, and other sources housed at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
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