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.
Many of the following documents (Ref 001-003) 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.
Ref 001 - The Original Settlers in Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Ref 001A - The Scotch-Irish Epic
Ref 001B - The Settlement Story
Ref 002 - For those who are just beginning to search for their ancestors, this will prove helpful.
Ref 003 - This is the Covenant of the people of Scotland who were Presbyterians while their king and many of the notables were of Catholic faith. . . .
Ref 003A - Laggan Presbytery
Ref 003B - 1665 Dongoughmore Parish Money Roll, part of The Laggan Presbytery.
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