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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To Trace your Roots, Follow the Trail

SW Ulster and North Connacht, Ireland
The trail of the Scotch-Irish to America begins in Ulster, Ireland (Derry, Antrim, Tyrone, Armagh, Down and Donegal). Because the Scotch-Irish are the American descendants of Presbyterian and other Protestant dissenters from Ulster, this term is only used in North America. The largest numbers migrated into Pennsylvania. To discover genealogies and histories about these people, one must trace the footsteps of the settlers. During the early 18th century a rather large influx of immigrants came and settled in Bucks and Berk Counties, Pennsylvania.  From there, they moved down into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (Shenandoah and Augusta Counties) and throughout the Appalachian region, into western Pennsylania, Ohio, Indiana and the Midwest. . By the mid-1800s the Scotch-Irish were moving into Chester County, South Carolina and finally into the northern counties of Georgia, particularly Jackson County.  This is the trail which the genealogist should follow, tracing the county records, particularly old wills and deeds.  The earliest Irish records did not survive,  however, there are many American records which stand to be traced. Ultimately, the Scotch-Irish penetrated every facit of the American plain.  A clue to lineage is freckles and reddish hair tones. Chester Co. SC Records  and Georgia Records

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