Most colonial era Americans were not just from Scotland or Ireland or northern England, but from a mix of these places. Many Scots-Irish families passed through Ireland, where they lived after they first left Scotland, and then emigrated to certain east coast states. They are known by hyphenated terms such as Scots-Irish or Anglo-Irish because of the two to four generations most spent in Ireland. Part of the Mission of AmeriCeltic is to help fill a gap for American family history researchers who are tracing families back to Ireland or Scotland.

Our newest source materials mention the following families:

  • Campbells (of Skeldon)
  • Caldwells
  • Montgomery's
  • Shaw (of Greenock)
  • Boyds
  • Hamiltons
  • Alexanders
  • Maxwells



Online Sources
These documents, New Links to 1641 Depositions, are the depositions and claims of victims and witnesses to the Irish rebellion of 1641. To access the depositions themselves, you sign in/register as a "user" of the Trinity College collections. The depositions are indexed by county and name. They were made by Scots- Irish, Anglo-Irish, Welsh-Irish, Norman-Irish and native Irish as the rebels were as much bent on settingly personal scores as trying to end English rule of Ireland, and the Irish rebels also targeted other Irish who did not agree with the rebellion or did not strongly enough help the rebels. In the depositions are named, husbands, wives, sons, neighbors and the rebels themselves, and their relationships to one another. Used in conjunction with the 1629-30 census and the 1660 hearth rolls, it shows who was killed, who survived, where they were living in 1641 and if they moved after 1641, as many depositions were taken between 1643-1653 from new home places when the old homes were destroyed.
This document, The Hamilton Manuscripts ..., by Sir James Hamilton Knight, edited by T.K. Lowry, Esq., Belfast, Ireland, 1857, is the collection of Hamilton family papers of the Hamiltons of Claneboy and relatives who along with Hamiltons of Arran and Montgomery families were the founders of the Scottish settlements in County Down and their feudal overlords. Many towns, ports, etc. were founded under the leadership and direction of the Hamiltons and Montgomery's. Many families who were related to, or had frequent transactions with both Hamiltons and Montgomery's are in this set of manuscripts and the Montgomery papers. These papers also cover some relationships with Hamiltons of Arran and their adjacent county settlements and estates.,%20County%20Down&f=false
This is first volume of The Montgomery Manuscripts: 1603-1706 compiled by William Montgomery, Esq. and edited with notes by Rev. George Hill, published in 1869, Belfast, Ireland. It is the papers of the Montgomery’s Viscounts of Ards, later Earls of Mount Alexander, County Down.  This set of papers includes details of several families who came from Scotland to settle in Ireland, notably the Montgomery’s, formerly of Braidstane, a junior branch of the Earls of Eglinton, and Campbells of Dovecoate Hall, descended from a younger son to Campbell of Skeldon.;view=fulltext
After the Catholic forces of King James II surrendered to the mostly Protestant forces of William III at Limerick in 1691, several official documents were hurriedly put together and published on the orders of the victorious William III. This is a link to the appendix to the FIRST of these documents. These documents were written to justify the Protestants (and even some Catholics) rebelling against James II, and so also William's invasion of Ireland. The referenced 'Act of Attainder' was passed by the hand-selected extremist Catholic parliament of the Earl of Tyrconnel, who was appointed by the deposed King James II, and would have had most Protestants massacred. The list of attainted persons includes not only their counties of residence, but also the names of their estates and/or occupations as well names of those who were craftsmen in cities and towns.
Lyman Chalkley's 1911, 3 volumes, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish; abstracts of original colonial and early state of Virginia records for Augusta County from roughly 1750 to 1850, and part of the records of daughter counties Rockbridge and Botetourt, and bits of Rockingham and Montgomery Counties.
Annals of Augusta County, by Joseph Waddell, published 1902. Covers some of the same ground as Chalkley's Chronicles..., but is written more as a history and has additional material from the records themselves. Chalkley sometimes overly abbreviated his extracts and abstracts and Waddell sometimes spotted important items missed by Chalkley.
History of Albemarle County, by Rev. Edgar Woods, 1901. Relied on family records, cemetery records, etc., more than county records as the county's records had, in the words of a visitor even a century later, "no system of filing (or labeling)" making it very had to find much in the cabinets where files had been put haphazardly, when they were no longer in current use. It does cover bits and pieces of several families and important events, including the Woods families.
Rev. Neander Woods' 1905, Woods-McAfee Memorial; a personal family history from mostly family records and some county records from Goochland and to a much lesser extent, Albemarle County, of Virginia, given the condition of the county records at the time "no discernible filing system whatsoever"-written by a frustrated researcher about 70 year later. This is a flawed but useful family history. There was a certain amount of wrong-guessing about Irish ancestry of the Woods family (Worsop is NOT in this family's actual history) and Rev. Neander Woods and his cousin, Rev. Edgar Woods were not trained historians and did not research Augusta and its daughter counties and mistakenly thought that all the Woods in Augusta and Albemarle Counties were children of one emigrant couple, not two, who were brothers and sisters to one another and thus had very similar names for two sets of children.
William Harris Miller's 1907 flawed family history of Woods, Miller, Kavenaugh, Wallace, etc. families, incorporating some of Rev. Edgar Woods' genealogical research and a mixture of family records, county records with some counties not searched at all, again, etc..
History of Ayshire, by James Paterson in two volumes; first volume published in 1847; volume 2 published in 1852 (separate listing below the first). Cited NUMEROUS primary source records, especially for the families.
Records of the Sheriffs of Inveraray, first volume, published 1901; covers most of a period between 1670-1740 but is not a complete archives. The compiler/editor said many more records remained that needed to be published. The families in the records include many Campbell lines, but also any non-Campbells who lived in Argyllshire and Bute.
The Thanes of Cawdor, by John Frederick Vaughan Campbell, 1852; family history, and events covering a number of branches of the Campbells of Cawdor closest to the Thanes, from the primary source records in the "red boxes" at the Castle of Nairn and elsewhere. Covers families in Nairnshire and on Islay. It is not a complete history, and has less detail about Islay than Nairnshire, but is extensive.
Ladies of the Covenant, by Rev. James Anderson, 1862; describes the lives and families of a number of leading ladies who were "Covenanters" in Scotland; includes excerpts of their diaries, family notes and records. This book includes Lady Henriette Lindsay-Campbell, wife of the 4th baronet Auchinbreck and her mother, Lady Anne McKenzie-Lindsay-Campbell, widow of the 1st Earl of Balcarres and 2nd wife of the 8th Earl of Argyll who was beheaded for his rebellion in 1685.
Memorial of Sir William Alexander of Menstry, 1st Earl of Stirling, by Major W.R.E. Alexander, published in 1877; covers most of the Alexander family; pedigrees, history, etc., done from mostly primary records and cites them. Very comprehensive; two volumes.
The Covenanters, by John Hewison, 2 volumes of history and records of the Covenanters. This names leading preachers and military leaders and what became of them and when. It describes the civil strife and persecutions by the Stuart kings, etc.. The first volume is available via Google books but each computer user has to select the format for download and it varies. Look up the book, volume 1 and author and it comes up on Google books but does not have a universal link.
The History of Nairnshire, by George Bain, covers some of the same ground as The Thanes of Cawdor, but has additional civil records and covers other families from Nairnshire.
County Down Research Centre, by Ros Davies, one of the best research/heritage centres for Ireland, volunteer created and maintained, and frequently updated. Wallace, Ross and other families have abundant records on this site.
The Irish Ancestral Research Association: site listing for various Irish research sites with on-line materials about families, places and local history.


Fair Use and Reasearch

Materials from Which I Can Look-ups for Family History Researchers

By Cecilia Fabos-Becker

Under the 'Fair Use' doctrine, it is not acceptable to copy and upload large parts of books or multi-volume series, for free public use when copywrited materials are still in print and available for purchase. However, many researchers, myself included, have copies of items from which they can do "look-ups" and send the result of look-ups to a person who makes a query by email.

I have many useful materials from which I can do look ups, such as: the 9 volume series of Kentucky Biographies, extracted from county histories and biographical series in the late 1880's by Thomas V. Westerfield and edited and published in 1975, and four of the five volumes of indexes with a line to a paragraph about each item, of the Lyman Draper, late colonial, early U.S. historical records and biographies collection at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and books of Tennessee history, pedigrees and biographical materials. I also have the four volumes of a modern reprint of Rev. George Hill's 1840's work called Conquest of Ireland which has all the names in the original plantation grants in Ulster, and the 1628/9 census taken of Ulster--useful for helping trace Scots who settled in Ireland back through Ireland to Scotland.

I also have multiple files, some over an inch thick, of notes made from various materials, some rare and hard to find, on several families who were in the following states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri. The families for which I have the most data are: Wallace, Woods (and some on Wood families), Fortner, Dunlap, Dark, Campbell, Kirk, Ross, Hays, Lemars/Lamars, some materials on Landrums, some materials on McCormicks, and some materials on Walkers.

Very soon, we will upload a list of most of these items from which I can do look-ups for people--preferably friends, newsletter subscribers and above all donors to and sponsors of As finances permit and I find additional interesting, rare and useful print materials, I will acquire them. I try to focus on the pre-1850 U.S. and Irish records and biographical materials.

Look-up Materials:

These are either still in print and being sold, or are too large to upload. Send me an email if you think you might have a family or individual in them and I will do a look-up from these materials.

American Marriage Records Before 1699 by William Montgomery Clemens, 1984, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland

Background of a Bandit: The Ancestry of Jesse James by Joan M. Beamis, and William E. Pullen, 1981, Jesse James Publishers, Liberty, Missouri

Draper Collection Calendar Series (four of the five volumes of indexes ever published to the Lyman Draper collection of original documents, correspondence, pedigrees, interviews, etc. of Late Colonial and early U.S. history of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, East Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio: vol. 1: "Preston and Virginia Papers," vol. 2: "Kentucky Papers," vol. 3: "Tennessee and King's Mountain Papers," and vol. 4: George Rogers Clark Papers," by University of Wisconsin, Publications of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1915, reprinted by McDowell Publishing, Utica, Kentucky.

New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence Almon Torrey, 1987, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland

Genealogies of Rhode Island Families vol's. I and II, A-Wil, by Gary Boyd Roberts, 1989, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland (I don't have volume III which covers Win-Z)

East Tennessee History (reprinted from Goodspeed's History of Tennessee, reorganized and indexed by Samuel McDowell in 1973, McDowell Publishing, Utica, Kentucky

Tennessee Cousins: a History of Tennessee People by Worth Ray, 1950, reprinted in 2004, by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland

Tennessee Genealogical Records: Records of Early Settlers from State and County Archives by Edythe Rucker Whitley, 1981, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland

Rutherford County, Tennessee, Cemeteries vol. III, Southwest Third of the County, by Rutherford County S.A.R., Stones River Chapter, and Rutherford County Historical Society, 1975, Smyrna, Tennessee.

Rutherford County, Tennessee Historical Society Publications No. 12 and No. 14, Murfreesboro, Tennessee: (had articles on the John Taylor Lytle family, Kirks and Montgomery's, the First Presbyterian Church of Murfreesboro and early members, and an index to the wills of Rutherford County, 1802-1882)

Kentucky Genealogy and Biography (9 volumes) extracted from the 1870's and 1880's county and state histories and biographies by Thomas V. Westerfield, edited and published in 1975 by McDowell Publishing, Utica, Kentucky

Quaker Records of the Miami Valley of Ohio by Eileen Davis and Judith Ireton, 1980, McDowell Publishing, Utica, Kentucky

The Ridge Runners queries and genealogical data, most with some documents citations bound volumes of material from this magazine and another named "The Ozark Quarterly published in the 1960's and 1970's, Vol's I-III, V-VIII (missing only vol. IV), compiled and published by William A. Yates, 1975-1977, Yates Publishing Co., Rifle, Colorado. This publication covered Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia, primarily.

The Wallace Collection: I and II (two volumes--group sheets and pedigrees with some documentation), and the Lamar Legacy by Ruth Lamar Petracek from 1978 to the late 1980's, self-published, Santa Ana, California

Highland Papers (two volumes of many covering some early genealogies and papers of Campbells and McKenzies), edited by J.R.N MacPhail, K.C., Publications of the Scottish History Society, first published in the magazine in the 1920's up to 1933, reprinted, 1995, Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland (MacPhaill and his researchers published transcripts of many original documents relating to these families and many others.)

Scots on the Chesapeake: 1607-1830 (documented mentions of early Scottish settlers along or near the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac and James Rivers in Virginia, near the Bay in Maryland, and elsewhere in Virginia) by David Dobson, 1992 Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland

Scots-Irish Links: 1575-1725, Parts I and II, by David Dobson, 2002, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland (I also have Parts III and IV as an e-book).

The Scots-Irish in the Shenandoah Valley, by Billy Kennedy, 1996, (U.S. Printing) Emerald House Group, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina (also published in Northern Ireland)

The Scots-Irish in the Hills of Tennessee, by Billy Kennedy, 1996, (U.S. Printing) Emerald House Group, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina (also published in Northern Ireland)

Families of Ballyrashane: A District in Northern Ireland (covering part of the old County of Coleraine, now Derry, and part of County Antrim), by T.H. Mullin, 1969, News Letter Printing Co., Ltd., Belfast, Northern Ireland (some family genealogies and ordinance maps, etc. mostly material dating from 1740 and later, but some a little earlier)

The Conquest of Ireland (four volumes) by Rev. George Hill, originally in the 1840's, reprinted in 2004 by the Irish Genealogical Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri (covers the Fall of the Native Irish Chiefs, the Plantations in Ulster, the English in Londonderry, and the 1628-9 special census of Ulster; many, many names connected with dates and places)

A History of Ulster by Jonathan Bardon, 1992 by the Blackstaff Press Ltd., Belfast, Northern Ireland (very detailed book--only slightly smaller and lighter than a hard-bound copy of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary)

The Twilight Lords (about the last native and Norman-Irish, lords of Ireland and the new incoming English lords under Elizabeth I), by Richard Berleth, 1978, Barnes and Noble, New York, NY, reprinted 1994.


Mostly Pre-1900 transcripts of records, documented pedigrees, etc. and emphasis on pre-1860: At least three overstuffed file drawers of files on BEEBES of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Illinois--and England; KIRKS of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois; HAYS of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky; DUNLAPS of Virginia and North and South Carolina--and Scotland; LAMARS/LEMARS of Maryland, Virginia and Tennessee; LANDRUMS of Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia; CAMPBELLS of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and northern Alabama--and Ireland and Scotland; FORTNERS of South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky; MCCORMICKS (and at least six frequent variants in spelling) in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois; ROSS's in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Tennessee--and Ireland; WALLACE's of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Missouri--and Ireland and Scotland; WOODS' (with an "s"--and some material on WOOD's) of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, northern Alabama--and Ireland and England; (some material on) WALKER's of Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Missouri; (some material on) RAMSEY's of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio.


Links to Some Primary Sources Used by AmeriCeltic for Family History Research