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Ulster-Scots of Cumberland Valley        UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Research by Gordon Crooks

 

Crooks is a leading authority on the Ulster-Scots (Scots-Irish), a historian of the Presbyterian denomination, a researcher, and a genealogist.  The vast amount of historical information, which Crooks has contributed, speaks directly to Allison-Antrim Museum's mission statement, relative to serving as an educational resource to enhance the study of local and regional history, pertaining to the cultural development of the Greencastle-Antrim area.  Among  the many organizations in which he holds memberships are the Ulster-Scots Society of America and Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc.

2-DVD Set - Books of Ireland covering both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Searchable electronic books in PDF format.

$40.00 per set  -  contact webmaster to workout shipping costs.

These two disc's hold over 150 items including Robert E. Matheson's 1901 book

Christian Names of Ireland, Histories of Ireland 1571 a.d., Congregations of

Presbyterian Churches in Ireland 1886, many family histories, court records etc.

 

Documents

 

Many of the following documents are among the first known ones to actually mention names of the inhabitants in the 16-1700's and where they lived. These documents can be used to do what the writer calls a "cluster search" to find your ancestors. IF you know as an example that your ancestors came from Antrim and that you have other family names you can use these documents to locate exactly where they were living.  Example the writer found no less than five family names living in Antrim in 1660 and all living within a two mile radius of one another, they most certainly belonged to the same parish and knew each other. Confirmation of this was in Franklin County where they all settled close to one another and continued to intermarry among the families for the next two generations.

 

The Original Settlers in Franklin County, Pennsylvania

 

The Scotch-Irish Epic

 

The Settlement Story

 

For those who are just beginning to search for their ancestors, this will prove helpful.

 

This is the Covenant of the people of Scotland who were Presbyterians while their king and many of the notables were of Catholic faith.  . . .

 

Laggan Presbytery

 

1665 Dongoughmore Parish Money Roll, part of The Laggan Presbytery.

 

Many of the above mentioned documents are among the first known ones to actually mention names of the inhabitants in the 16-1700's and where they lived. These documents can be used to do what the writer calls a "cluster search" to find your ancestors. IF you know as an example that your ancestors came from Antrim and that you have other family names you can use these documents to locate exactly where they were living.  Example the writer found no less than five family names living in Antrim in 1660 and all living within a two mile radius of one another, they most certainly belonged to the same parish and knew each other. Confirmation of this was in Franklin County where they all settled close to one another and continued to intermarry among the families for the next two generations.

 

Covenanter Martyrs

 

"The Hearth Rolls of County Antrim 1660-69" contain about an estimated 95% of the names of the inhabitants living there during that period of time, it lists the names, townland, and parishes"

 

1669 Hearth Money  Rolls for North Antrim

 

This document is in book form and has a great many family names and their local history in Antrim

 

 

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