I am often
asked for information about books on certain topics and
where they may be found. On this page I am happy to
list books that I have come across that provide
information. I would, however, make a distinction between
historical information and data that might be useful to a
family history researcher. Once we get back before the era
of mandatory public registers of births, marriages and
deaths (1837 England and Wales; 1845 Protestants in
Ireland and 1864 for Roman Catholics; and 1855 in
Scotland) there has to be reliance on other sources.
Here is a short bibliography of books that are about
Presbyterians, the Covenanters and the Ulster Scots.
there are no easy answers nor many easily accessible books
to pluck of the shelf to answer questions about your
personal ancestry. The trick is to find the shelf on which
a book may be sitting. If it is Scotland you are
interested in, the National Library of Scotland has an on
line catalogue at www.nls.ac.uk. Books can be ordered in advance for
viewing in the Reading Rooms of the Library in Edinburgh.
The computer age has created a new type of researcher who
becomes accustomed to finding his or her wants on the
Internet. There is nothing wrong in making use of any such
information with the usual caveat about verifying data. It
is increasingly apparent that people make `leaps of faith`
connections - so just be cautious about what you accept.
That said, an increasing source for information are the
likes of Ancestry.com
who have a wide selection of CDs and other publications available as
well as a very substantial database. There are a number of
specialised publishers of old and difficult to find books such as the
Genealogical Publishing Co in Baltimore. Books
Ulster is an excellent site for old books on Ireland. Many of the
Universities in the USA and UK are beginning to make very old documents
and books available
with very early data ( before the mid 1700s) in them are
relatively few and often located in major national
libraries and archives - which require personal attendance
to view. For the serious in depth researcher modern books
often have substantial bibliographies and sources which
can be followed up. For detailed works within a locality
or region, it is always worth visiting the site of the
local Family History Society or Societies to see what they
have available on their publications list. A starting
point for locating societies is
Genuki and the
Federation of Family
History Societies. Several of the major genealogy
societies have substantial publications listed for sale
the Society of
Foundation and the
Catalog of the LDS
used resource is the Library Catalog of the Latter
Day Saints (the Mormons). The LDS church not only
filmed the birth christening and marriage records
but in many cases filmed local estate documents,
pedigrees, local history papers and so forth which are
otherwise only available from the source archives. The
Catalog is on CD at Family History Centres and on line :
it is well worth a look, and its free.
below is therefore mainly historical information; where
some data is given I have indicated what it is.
Scottish Migration to Ulster in the Reign of James I "
M Perceval Maxwell. Pub. by Routledge Kegan Paul, 1973.
The definitive work with some data of the major land
holders, not the ordinary tenant or small farmer.
Plantation of Ulster "
Philip Robinson. Pub Gill & MacMillan,1984. By Ulster
Historical Foundation 1994.
A definitive history of the Plantation of Ulster (1610 -
1630). Many appendices with data of major land holders and
the many estates where eg the Scots went to. Again, no
information about the common tenants.
Emigration to Colonial America 1718 - 1775 "
R. J. Dickson Ulster Historical Foundation 1966
A definitive history of the movement of the Ulster Scots
to the American Colonies. Has appendices with data of ship
movements, but not passenger lists.
Emigration and Canadian Settlement, Patterns, Links and
Cecil J Houston & William J Smyth. Published. University
of Toronto Press, 1990.
A detailed history of Canadian settlement post the
American Revolutionary War with correspondence
between some families.
- the story of the convicts transported from Ireland to
Australia 1791 - 1853."
Con Costello. Published Mercier Press, 1987.
An interesting book with some names illustrating events.
A good bibliography including State Papers references.
the Colonies - a study of penal transportation from Great
Britain and Ireland to Australia and other parts of the
British Empire "
A.G.L. Shaw. The Irish Historical Press, 1966 Reprint
" A history
of the Scottish people 1560 - 1830 "
T.C.Smout. Published 1969, Reprint Fontana Press 1998.
A standard reference work for the period, about the people
in general and the times they lived in.
" A century
of the Scottish people. 1830 - 1950 "
T.C.Smout. Pub. 1986 Reprint Fontana Press 1997.
The follow up to modern times of the people of Scotland.
" Ulster Pedigrees, descendants in many lines of James Orr
and Janet McClement who emigrated from Scotland to
Northern Ireland ca 1607" Ray A. Jones, Published by the
author 1977. Library of Congress Catalog Card No.
This is the major source for the Ulster Orrs
and contains the
genealogy compiled by Gawin Orr ca 1836. It has over 2,800
connections with the Orr line. A list of the surnames of
persons who married an Orr is
I have the
full pedigree on a database and will search it on request.
"Remembering All the Orrs "
R. H. Foy. Published Ulster Historical Foundation 1999.
This is a
detailed history of the Orr familes in the south of Co.
Antrim. This includes William Orr (" Remember Orr" ) who
was executed in 1797; Samuel Orr who married Mary Redmond
and had six children who went to America; and William
("Rebel Orr") who was transported to Australia but
after an eventful escape he eventually returned to Ulster.
MY BOOK :
" ORR-SOME "