I am a second generation American, as my grandparents were from Scotland...the Slamannan and Uddingston/Montlands.
There are quite a few Aitkens still there..some of whom we visited with in Slamannan(1998).They graciously took us to Jawcraig, just up the hill to see where my grandfather's family born,raised and burried unknown generations.The family we found were unable to claim a connection but their grandmother was a ringer for my dear "Mum",now passed away.
Robert Aitken and Janet Mains married in 1795, as per. marriage banns,Nov.29. They were listed as living at Donneridge (many of the homes didn't have # but quaintly used names to identify their addresses). There isn't much left at Jawcraig, the village that was there for the miners.A handsom cottage has a loving family with small children who have in recent years augmented the old stone home with a wing just for grarges, plumbing, heating and a conservatory out back.Years before that it was a ramshackle" bunt n ben".
Well back to the Aitken's 10 children survived childhood, one of whom was my ggggrandfather, also Robert (1797-?) Mary,1796,Janet 1800,Jean 1802, James 1805, Margaret,1808, Thomas 1810, David 1812, John 1816, Beatrix, 1820, This information comes from St. Ninian's Church birth and christening records.
Then we have Robert 1797, married Margaret Arthur, at Slamannan in 1822, they bore 4 children, Isobet 1823, Janet 1826, Robert 1829( my gggrandfather), and Mary 1837.
Here is where my family gets a little crazy, Robert 1829, marries ANNIE AITKEN.A whole other clan of Aitken's from Monklands. They married at Slamannan with marriage banns published in Monkland as well as Slamannan.They had my gggrandfather (again a) Robert, 1858, Annie 1869, James 1860, Thomas 1873, William 1866, and John in 1876.
With all the Robert's and an Aitken marring an Aitken you need it all written down to be somewhat sure as to who you are discussing.
My ggandfather Robert Aitken 1858-1924 married Jean Kerr 1861-1928 at Slamannan. Their offspring #ed 10, James 1883, William 1893, Jean 1888 (my grandmother), Ellen (Nellie), Jeannette 1904-?, Jeannie 1908, David 1899, Annie, Robert 1881, Margaret.This generation immigrated in small groups during the early 1900;s mainly to the S.W. Pa., coal mines near Pittsburgh.
There is alot that I don't know about my gggrandmother's Aitken family.Except that her father was George Aitken and mother's maiden name was Ann Smith.
I don't know how much if any of this connects but I'de advise you to keep it on the shelf. I've found many links that didn't at first connect.Good luck in your search and of course let me know if and when you find our links.Thank you,