Scottish ancestors Jacobites?

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Genealogy Research | 1 comment

Scottish ancestors Jacobites?

Were my Scottish ancestors Jacobites? Since the trail of my Angus ancestors of Banffshire becomes murky for times before┬áthe 1790s, I had often puzzled as to whether they were mixed up in any of that Jacobite Rising nonsense. On the one hand, it seemed rather unlikely to me, since my grandfather was about as protestant and dour a Scot as ever lived. Since the Jacobite cause supported the restoration of a Catholic king with a “divine right of kings” policy, that didn’t line up with the grandfather’s dour protestantism in my mind. Of course, there could have been other...

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Clans and Families of Ireland and Scotland, a book review

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Genealogy Research | 0 comments

Clans and Families of Ireland and Scotland, a book review

In this post, I offer a brief review of the book Clans and Families of Ireland and Scotland by C. Thomas Cairney, Ph.D. This volume is available for order at Amazon, and I assume other resellers. The book is subtitled, An Ethnography of the Gael A.D. 500-1750. You can also find it in its entirety online at Electric Scotland. The author has a family web site and may be contacted here. I’m not sure how I first heard about this excellent book. It may have been at the Electric Scotland site at the link I posted in the previous paragraph. In any case, I quickly acquired my own copy; and I...

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Researching Scottish Genealogy

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Genealogy Research | 0 comments

Researching Scottish Genealogy

Researching Scottish Genealogy So, in my last post I regaled you with resources for tracking down German-Russian genealogy. Now, I’m turning my personal focus over to my Scottish side, thanks to my father and his ancestors. I mean, with the surname Angus, what did you expect? Again, we can consider Ancestry.com and Cyndi’s List as good beginning points with the same provisos as I stated before. In the case of German-Russians in the US and Canada, we found a number of local organizations dedicated to preserving that ethnic history. In the case of Scottish folk, there are similar...

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