This article was originally published in The Irish At Home and Abroad journal of Irish genealogy and heritage (volume 2 #1, 1994/1995).
No longer published.

Scots-Irish in Colonial America: Records by state

By Kyle J. Betit

Research by State

Each American state has its own unique record sources relevant to tracing Scots-Irish immigrants who lived in that state. It is, of course, impossible to go into all of them in this article. Following is a list of particularly useful guides for various states with large Scots-Irish populations. These guides can help determine relevant sources and repositories:

  • Georgia: Robert S. Davis, Jr. Research in Georgia. Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1980.

  • Kentucky: Roseann Reinemuth Hogan. Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992.

  • New England: Marcia Wiswall. Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research. 3rd edition. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1993.

  • North Carolina: Helen F.M. Leary and Maurice R. Stirewalt, editors. North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History. Raleigh, NC: The North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1980.

  • Pennsylvania: 1) John W. Heisey. Handbook for Genealogical Research in Pennsylvania. Indianapolis, IN: Heritage Books, 1985. 2) Martin Bell. Mother Cumberland: Tracing Your Ancestors in South-Central Pennsylvania Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1989.

  • South Carolina: George K. Schweitzer. South Carolina Genealogical Research. Knoxville, TN: author, 1985.

  • Tennessee: George K. Schweitzer. Tennessee Genealogical Research. Knoxville: author, 1983.

  • Virginia: Carol McGinnis. Virginia Genealogy: Sources & Resources. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub., 1993.

  • West Virginia: Carol McGinnis. West Virginia Genealogy: Sources & Resources. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub., 1988.

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