Genealogy at a Glance: Scots-Irish Genealogy Research

gpc3876“The term Scots-Irish refers to people who originated in Scotland and settled in the 17th century in Ireland in the nine northern counties of Ulster. Claiming economic hardship, 250,000 Scots-Irish immigrated to North America between 1717 and 1776, principally to the port of Philadelphia, then west into the Appalachian region where they became the intrepid woodsmen and pioneers of American legend. The important thing to take away here is that this guide is intended as an aid to researchers who are attempting to trace Irish ancestors who arrived in North America prior to 1800.”

Genealogy at a Glance: Irish Genealogy Research, by Brian Mitchell was the first publication in the Genealogy at a Glance series. Brian Mitchell has now added another guide to the series, Genealogy at a Glance: Scots-Irish Genealogy Research. This issue describes who were the Scots-Irish, the settlement in Ireland during the 17th century and later emigration of many to America. Of course, the guide also covers the usually, what to look for in your research and resources to research.

Like many of the guides, this one begins with some quick facts relevant to the subject. Some Scotch-Irish quick facts include:

  • 100,000 Scottish migrants settled in Ireland during the 17th-century Plantation of Ulster
  • 34.6 million Americans, some 11% of the population, claim Irish Ancestry, with a further 3.2 million identifying more specifically with Scotch-Irish origins

Like all the Genealogy At A Glance sheets, this guide is a four-page, full-color limited brochure meant to be easily stored and sized to take with you when conducting related research. In this guide, Humphrey provides plenty of additional tips and further references to please the most avid researcher.


Contents for this guide:

Quick Facts

What is Scots-Irish

Historical Background

  • 17th-Century Planters
  • 18th-Century Emigrants

18th-Century Passenger Lists

Place of Origin

Family Names as Evidence

Census Returns

  • Church Registers
  • Census Substitutes
  • Estate Records

Record Repositories

Other Online Resources


Order Genealogy at a Glance: Irish Genealogy Research from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC349, Price: $8.77.