Monday, September 29, 2014
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
(Map from the book 'Map guide to American migration routes, 1735-1815' by William Dollarhide.)
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Link to Event information: Radford Highlanders Festival.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The geneticists are identifying more haplogroups downstream from the major groups. This will allow us to classify kits with more precision. The end result is your kit will be in a haplogroup from a more recent genetic event. In layman's terms, it will allow you to locate your family's geographic point of origin and identify your kinship group in historical times. For Scottish origin families this is particularly useful information. (that clan and blood thing)
Many of the kits in the major haplogroups such as R-M269 or R-L21 would benefit from testing for downstream SNPs.
Some analysis of the Scots-Irish:
The majority of the participants are as expected of Atlantic Zone Celtic origin. This will be a combination of Cumbric and Gaelic Celts native to Scotland. The participants are running about 65% of Lowland Scottish origin and 35% Highland Scottish origin,. There is a stereotype of all Scots-Irish being from 'the Lowlands' but many were from Argyll and Lennox in the southwest Highlands. This is showing up in the DNA results.
One interesting aspect, we have more I haplotypes than expected. Some of these I subgroups are Scottish Norse/Norman in origin and others are indigenous to ancient Scotland. It is a very complex group and I have not had time to read the latest research on the I subgroup origins. We are dealing with a lot of very new material.
I highly recommend the books 'Britain Begins' and 'Celtic from the West 2' by Dr Barry Cunliffe for those who would like to read the latest research and thinking about the people who became the 'Scots-Irish.'
Friday, June 6, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
(great post by Seán Ó Brógáin, you have seen his work in the Osprey books series.)
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
Ultimately, the new haplogroups will contribute to our ability to fix a point of origin of families in the project. The geneticists are uncovering more SNPs which in time will have a geographic link.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
- Lectures on how to research your ancestry in North Antrim
- Daily lunch and regular refreshments
- Conference dinner and drinks reception
- Research trips to Belfast and Ballymena
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Who are the 'Scots-Irish?' Or Scotch-Irish? Generally speaking the Scots-Irish are the descendants of settlers to Colonial and early Republic America from the nine counties of the province of Ulster, in Ireland. As a group the Scots-Irish were majority Presbyterian, though not all were and most descended from Scots families that had migrated to Ireland. Also of note, some 'Scots-Irish' migrated to the Colonies from other parts of Ireland outside of Ulster.
The main migration of Scots to Ireland came during the Ulster Plantation (circa 1609 to early 1700s). These Scots came primarily from the Scottish Lowlands. There is also a substantial number of Highland Scots that became Scots-Irish. Most of these Highland Scots descend from families from Argyll, Lennox, and the Hebrides, that migrated to Ulster in the 1500s.
There are other components of the Scots-Irish which include French Huguenot, Manx, and Border English, who settled in Ulster and migrated to the New World in the Ulster Migration. They married into and became part of the people and society we now call Scots-Irish.
There was also a large migration of Presbyterian Irish into Canada in the nineteenth century. They went mainly to New Brunswick and Ontario. Many of these families were of 'Ulster Scots' ancestry from both Lowland Scottish and Highland Scottish ancestry. In the past the term Scots-Irish has not been applied to this group, but increasingly the term has expanded to include the descendants of the Canadian migration. Nomenclature has been problematic in regards to the Scots-Irish for a long time. The term today reflects a better awareness of the descendants of Ulster Scots in the Diaspora.
Most families 'know' or self-identify as Scots-Irish. These are the families that are participating in the Scots-Irish DNA project.
Friday, April 25, 2014
|James McKeane, above, believed to be the grandfather of James McKeen of the 1718 fleet fame|
One valuable primary source for Scots-Irish family historians is the 1642/43 muster rolls for the Laggan Army. This muster roll includes the many Scottish families settled in east Donegal from Lifford, north into Inis Eogháin. The list reflects the makeup of the Scottish settlement and there are surnames from the Scottish Highlands, primarily from mid Argyll and Lennox and from the Lowlands, primarily from Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, and Gallowaysrhire.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Below is the entire Portlough 1630 muster roll. The surnames have been left as they were written.