From Scotland to Ireland
What led to the planting of ethnic Scots in northern Ireland begins with England’s historic desire to dominate Ireland. As early as the 12th century, English kings had made attempts to interfere with areas of Ireland.
From Ireland to America
Ulster documents aplenty
You can search Griffith’s Valuation free at Ask About Ireland <www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation>. If you haven’t found an immigrant’s village of origin, you can at least learn which townlands contain the surname you’re looking for.
Of prime importance to those seeking Scots-Irish ancestry is the Public Record Office of Northern Island (PRONI), which has a personal name index for in-person visitors and has placed many of its holdings online, such as:
- eCatalogue <www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/ecatalogue.htm>
- Online street directories <www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/street_directories.htm>
- Searchable freeholders registers <applications.proni.gov.uk/Freeholders/default.aspx>
- Wills calendar summaries, 1858-1919 <www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/will_calendars/wills_search.htm>
A series of tax lists and population records provide early snapshots of Scots-Irish: the hearth money rolls (begun in the 1660s), the census of Protestant householders from 1740; the religious census of 1766; petition of Protestant dissenters (1775), and the 1796 Flaxgrowers’ List. All of these records are at PRONI; find indexes to selected items at <ancestryireland.com/scotsinulster>.
Across the Irish Sea to Scotland
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