Kinsearching March 4, 2007




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

     Stone Mountain, GA, will be the setting for the thirtieth annual ANSLEY family reunion scheduled for April 27 - 29, 2007. If you are an ANSLEY descendant but cannot attend, you may want to become a member of the Ansley Family Association (AFA). Twice a year the organization publishes a newsletter which individuals can receive for a $10 annual subscription. The periodical publishes data on recent ANSLEY births, marriages, anniversaries, and deaths throughout the country. The Spring, 2007, issue also contains articles concerning James ANSLEY, born about 1777 and died in 1857 in Warren County, GA; Elum Fletcher ANSLEY (1826 - 1883), who is buried in McDuffie Co., GA; James Thomas ANSLEY (1879 - 1945), who married Frances Josephine IVEY; Dr. James Roland ANSLEY of Mount Vernon, IL; and a brief history of the town of Ansley, NE. For more details about the reunion or the newsletter, write to AFA Membership, Attn: James (Jim) Ansley, Jr., RR 1, Box 229, Brevard, North Carolina 28712-9770.

     Many Americans of Ulster Scot descent are interested in tracing the path of their forebears in Northern Ireland back to Scotland. However, they may not be familiar with the materials available to pursue their ancestral trail. The aim of David Dobson's new book SEARCHING FOR SCOTCH-IRISH ROOTS IN SCOTTISH RECORDS, 1600 - 1750 is to help these genealogists identify resources in Scotland that may be useful in locating the missing links.

     In his introduction Dobson provides a brief history of the Scottish settlement in Ireland, which began in earnest in the early 1600s, and its consequences; in the eighteenth century numerous descendants of these settlers became pioneers in America where they became known as the Scotch-Irish. The author points out that few Scots who went to Ulster left any record of their origin, but most of them came from the southwestern shires of Ayr, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, Lanark, Renfrew, and Wigtown. Since evidence may be contained in published works and manuscripts scattered throughout libraries and archives in Scotland, he explores the limited amount of available sources.

     He divides resources into five main categories: church, burgh (town or borough), court, miscellaneous government (tax and military records, for instance), and university (a classification under which he includes family and estate papers). In separate chapters he explains each group in detail. A glossary of terms and abbreviations, lists of family history societies and main libraries and archives in southwestern Scotland, bibliographies of family and local histories of southwestern Scotland published in Great Britain, and a general bibliography make up the remainder of the book. Genealogists attempting to trace their Ulster ancestors back to Scotland may find helpful data in SEARCHING FOR SCOTCH-IRISH ROOTS IN SCOTTISH RECORDS, 1600 - 1750.

     The 107-page paperback contains several maps of Ireland and Scotland and an index of names and places. To the book's price of $19.50, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $4 for one book and $2.00 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $6 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #9813) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

     Bonnie Bright Johannes, 5594 North 10th, Apt. 103, Fresno, CA 93710-6586 (e-mail: is interested in her dad's stepfather, John Howell JENNINGS, born 17 July 1893 in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., TX, and died 3 May 1959 in Santa Monica, CA. He married Clara Emma HATCHETT on 8 May 1915 in Clinton, Custer Co., OK.

     Johannes also states she has much information to share and many blanks to fill in that connects with the PERRY and ELLIOTT families in Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Hopkins Co., TX.