Kinsearching March 10, 2013




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Renowned author David Dobson has done it again. Continuously plowing through documents for tidbits of information about his subject of interest, he has now completed SCOTS-IRISH LINKS, 1575-1725, PART NINE.

     For this latest volume, Dobson scoured manuscripts and published sources found in Ireland, Scotland, and England. Among the resources he consulted were the Ayr Burgess Roll, Archaeological and Historical Collections of Ayrshire and Galloway, a census of Ireland about the year 1659, records of Glasgow, old notarial accounts, and the Inchiquin Manuscripts in Dublin.

     Although most of the approximately 100,000 Scottish settlers in the Plantation of Ulster (Northern Ireland) were Lowlanders, some—particularly during the late sixteenth century—were Highlanders. While the majority made their home in Ulster, a few moved further south. Though most Scots were Presbyterian, a sizable minority was Episcopalian; a small number was Catholic.

     As expected, facts about individuals vary. Usually, most entries provide the name of the person, place of residence, a date, and the source citation. Some also furnish details like occupation, military service, or names of parents, spouse, or children. Data on Colonel David BOYD, for example, state that he settled in Ulster, died by 1626, and had a son Robert. Information about James ARBUCKLE declares that he was a merchant in Belfast in 1692 and that he traded with Virginia.

     Many of the Scottish pioneers in Ulster either later removed to or had offspring who went to colonial North America. Their descendants in the United States alone now number in the millions. As a result, numerous genealogists will be hoping SCOTS-IRISH LINKS, 1575-1725, PART NINE contains material about their ancestors.

     On its front cover, the 101-page soft-bound volume reproduces a partial map of Northern Ireland. The work contains a brief introduction, a list of references and their abbreviations used throughout the book, and a sample document of an indenture in 1610. Names of the main entries are arranged alphabetically. To the book's price of $17.50, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $5.50 for one book and $2.50 for each additional copy; for FedEx ground service, the cost is $7.50 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order 8096) may be purchased by check, money order, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211-1953. For phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

     Since kinfolks nowadays are usually scattered all over the country, genealogists may find it harder to keep up with details about relatives for their family files. Page 2 of the 6 January 2013 issue of The Perryton Herald, published in Perryton, Texas, furnishes a list of all the births that occurred in Ochiltree County, Texas, in 2012. The newspaper provides the name of the parents and their place of residence, the child’s name and gender, and the date of birth.

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