came on the South Carolina Five Ships? -- From Donegal
to Butler, PA circa 1790.
--Who came on the South Carolina Five Ships?
-- From Donegal to Butler, PA circa 1790.
The purpose of this website is to help researchers research their Scotch Irish and Ulster Scots ancestors. It is intended as support for the Scotch-irish email list. It should eventually cover all the "frequently asked" questions as well as serve as a method to publish members' research.
Articles and New Links
Who are these people? "Scotch-Irish" are people who emigrated from the province of Ulster in Ireland to what was to become the United States of America. Here they were one of four groups who defined "American". "Ulster Scots" are people of presumed Scottish origins living in Ulster, Canada, Australia, England and elsewhere. Generally they were Presbyterian in religion though you find Methodists, Quakers, and Baptists among them as well. It has been said of them that they were
Ethnicity versus genes. These are not the same. Ethnicity is learned while genes are inherited. We tend to adopt the myths and past of our ethnic group. This means that some Scotch-Irish will trace their genes back to England, Wales, and Catholic Ireland. This site is concerned with cognitive, objective, scientific research into family origins. Genealogy often doesn't support our deeply held sentiments about our ancestors' ethnicity. In both America and in Ulster various other groups assimilated INTO the ethnic groups called Ulster Scot and Scotch-Irish. This just means that you can't always assume that they came from Scotland originally -- or in America, Ireland. You need some proof.
So what is special about this group? What is special is it requires a unique combination of research skills:
Wish to argue about the term Scotch-Irish? Read this and be aware that I am not arguing with you. I'm really just interested in genealogy.
Organization of this website
In order to avoid going crazy due to 'incoming' e-mail alerting me to dead links, I'm consolidating all links onto the links page. It's organized alphabetically. The other pages will, largely, except when I am inconsistent, be text. Maybe this will help. I donno.....we'll see...
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