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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

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

Searching for The Glavin Family of Ireland

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

Laird and Harris

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

Canadian - Scots Irish

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

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Comment by Dana Kelly on December 31, 2013 at 2:22pm

I am looking for any information on Martha Kerr. She married Alexander Craig and they settled in Washington Co., PA. I found some information that suggested that the Kerr and Craig families came to America on the same ship. They both came from County Down, Ireland. Martha was born 1772 and died 15 Jan 1852 in Buffalo, Washington County, PA. Alexander was born in 1759 and died 17 Aug 1811 Buffalo, Washington County, PA. I have a letter written by their grandson, John Henderson Craig, to his sister, Martha (Craig) Darby, wife of John Wesley Darby. He is the son of Hugh Craig and Hannah Henderson. It mentions relatives...Aunt Henderson, Wesley, Alexander, Squire McLain, Hugh, Uncle James, Seth, Uncle Thomas, Aunt Drusilla

Comment by Linda Schreiber on March 11, 2013 at 8:34pm

Thanks, James.  It has been a long while since I have looked at these families.  I appreciate the links!

Comment by Jaime Aulet on March 11, 2013 at 6:40pm

I have been trying to figure out where in Antrim County my Scot-Irish ancestor came from.  Alexander Cochran arrived in US around 1801ish.  He married Catharine Kirk in Hunterdon County, NJ in 1806, naturalized in the same county in 1808, and at some point decided to settle in Bucks County, PA.  His naturalization record only states that he came from Antrim County.  Does anyone possibly know what parish he may have lived in?

Comment by james h. gordon on March 11, 2013 at 5:42pm

For those not aware of them, here are a couple of excellent sites for Ulster research: The Irish Family History Foundation/Roots Ireland at and The Ulster Historical Foundation at

Comment by Linda Schreiber on March 11, 2013 at 2:55pm

I am interested in surname Eakin, out of Derry.  "I am told" that mine were from Banagher Parrish, Claudy, but I have not proofed this yet.  Were in western PA by the late 1840s.  Children then b PA, and prior, Ireland.

Also another family line, Carrick, that headed southward earlier than this, to NC.  Only managed to get that line back to 1760 in VA.  Not all the way to the coast yet....

Comment by joe wilson on February 29, 2012 at 12:26pm

My ancestry came from londonderry county. My Thomas Wilson came to America about 1844 he was married to Jane Cherry and they both ended up in Wisconsin. I would love to find more information about him while in Ireland. I think he was born about 1818

Comment by Connie Underwood on January 18, 2012 at 11:00pm


   I am trying to find out where Francis Hilley came from, we know he came to VA in 1700's from Larne Ireland but also shows Donagel.  There are some thoughts that he was actually a Scot.   Anyone run across Hilley's.   Spelling might be different.

Comment by Gaye Plunkett on January 7, 2012 at 4:50pm

To Chris Torrence - my Plunkett line in the U.S. is said to have originated in Canada (obviously after Ireland).  They are likely to have arrived in Canada in the late 18th century and the first American-born one was Michael Plunkett, born in 1811 in New York.  I'm not sure if he was actually born in NY - more likely Canada.  I'd love to know more information about my line if you can shed any light.  I have hit a brick wall trying to back further.  Thanks, Gaye

Comment by Melanie McLennan on September 29, 2011 at 8:10am

Hello Chris

Thanks for the welcome.

I'm researching a number of names all from County Antrim (for the Scots-Irish part).

From the Ballymena area (valley of the braid and Ballymena Poor Law Union), I'm researching Taylors, Kerrs, Kernohan and Crawford, which are my husband's mother's families (who emigrated to Middlesex county and later to Haliburton county). I am also looking for Gambles and McKelveys for friends of mine. These families all settled in Ontario.

My own family (maternal side) are the Ogilvies, (later a side branch of Ogilbys) Agnews, Nelsons, and Beggs all from the Larne/Kilwaughter area. All were Presbyterians.The Ogilvie/Ogilby families I have followed back in the parish and estate records to 1699 along with the Agnews. My branch of Ogilbys emigrated in 1842 to Gloucester twp. in the Ottawa area (Ontario).

Comment by Connie Underwood on September 28, 2011 at 1:06pm

I am reserching, Brown, Pressley, Miller, and Hilley... thanks



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