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An American ethic group of those who think their ancestors were Scottish Protestants living in Ulster. Our challenges: researching in colonial times, crossing the Pond, researching in Ireland. You can do this, but need to learn how. It is not easy.

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Scots-Irish from Northern Ireland 3 Replies

Hello fellow researchers. My G Grandfather John Bell stated in the 1910 US Federal census that his parents were from Northern Ireland. The question asked if his parents were from another country to…Continue

Started by Daniel M. Bell. Last reply by Daniel M. Bell Sep 23, 2016.

Searching for The Glavin Family of Ireland 1 Reply

I am lookin for any information on my maternal grandmother. Her name was Ethel Glavin and she came into Ellis Island with her parents as a child. I do not know her parents names, but she had three…Continue

Started by Lori Ellen Ford-Howard. Last reply by Michael Clarke Kelly Jul 28, 2013.

Laird and Harris 15 Replies

Martha Lairdcame to America with her brothers and sisters in the early 1730's onboard the same ship with Samuel Harris, who became her husband soonafter landing in Pennsylvania.  Later they moved to…Continue

Started by Kathryn Brannigan Walizer. Last reply by Angela Kraft May 3, 2011.

Canadian - Scots Irish 2 Replies

I suspect that  a couple of my family branches ended up in,North Carolina, and Kentucky.  McNay and Young,  Jamieson and Paterson (MYJP).  My Branches are from the Ballywalter area of County Down,…Continue

Started by Betty Dona Crawford. Last reply by Chris Torrence May 2, 2011.

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Comment by Linda Merle on March 7, 2010 at 2:29pm
Welcome! If anyone has a more appropriate bitmap picture, please let me know.

My mother (today's her birthday, but alas she didn't live to see it -- died this summer) was half Scotch Irish and half Irish, though the Scotch Irish side has plenty of Irish and the Irish side is probably too palie-green to suit some -- ie Irish Protestants. They were the Kellys, who somehow got to western Pennsylvania by the 1820s, probably United Irish forced to leave after 1798. Family lore has it they left because everyone was looking for them. I try to avoid that situation myself, but sometimes without succcess.

My grandfather's side is English (Mason, Co. Durham, circa 1880) and Scottish (Dalrymple, 1893), but the Scotch Irish surnames, all in Western Pennsylvania are ANDERSON (Co Antrim), MARSHALL (Co Tyrone), BLACK (Aghohill, Antrim), McGEARY, NORRIS (Swatragh, Derry).

I've had some success with tracing people's origins in colonial America across to Ireland, especially when combined with DNA research. Hopefully we can all make some progress with our families.
Comment by CJ Hendrickson on March 7, 2010 at 2:21pm
I'm researching my Britt side of the family. They were in South Carolina and my grandmother always claimed she was "Scotch-Irish" when asked about her family roots. Have traced that side of the family back to Amos Britt, born about 1750 in So Carolina - but no real proof of that or who his father was - the proverbial "brick wall"...

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