Thursday, 11 September 2014

News From Ballymoney Museum

Dear Family Historian,
It’s less than two weeks to ROUTE BACK HOME 2014 and the staff at Ballymoney Museum are getting everything ready for the arrival of our delegates; it’s going to be another exciting genealogy conference!
A highlight of every Route Back Home is the launch of Dorothy Arthur’s next book and her latest bestseller focuses on Kilraughts Old Church Graveyard.  As with all Dorothy’s books, it contains unpublished information which can’t be found anywhere else.  It’s an essential purchase for family historians researching ‘Roots in the Route’!
Dorothy will be among the many experienced genealogists attending the conference and this gives every delegate the unique opportunity to chat with the experts and discover new and obscure sources in the archives.
If you’re planning to attend ROUTE BACK HOME 2014, please send us your booking form as soon as possible.
I look forward to seeing you.
Keith Beattie
Museum Manager

Monday, 1 September 2014

McCain's Corner: DNA Genetic Genealogy Sale

McCain's Corner: DNA Genetic Genealogy Sale: All the DNA projects I administer and assist with, use Family Tree DNA labs in Houston, Texas.  Why?  Well, they are the best, they have the...

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Ballymoney Family History Event

Dear Family Historian,
It’s just a month until the next Route Back Home family history conference and it’s promising to be the best ever, I hope you’ll be able to join us!
The programme has plenty to appeal to everyone interested in genealogy who has family in North Antrim.  Local researchers will be joining us every day to provide support and expertise and delegates will be able to chat and exchange ideas and information throughout the four exciting days.
The success of previous conferences has encouraged BBCTV to send a film crew. They will focus on two delegates and their story will be broadcast in October on the popular Ulster-Scots programme ‘The Gaitherin’ .
If you haven’t booked your place, please make sure you don’t leave it too late.  I hope to see you in the Route next month!
Best wishes,
Keith Beattie
Museum Manager
Ballymoney Museum

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The Scots-Irish: Scots-Irish DNA Project Update 13 August 2014

The Scots-Irish: Scots-Irish DNA Project Update 13 August 2014: 442 families are now participating in the Scots-Irish DNA project and the project is growing at a rapid pace.  We have enough DNA results ...

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Scots-Irish: Art

The Scots-Irish: Art:       The Cold Gray Fog of Dawn, by David Wright           

The Scots-Irish: The Great Wagon Road

The Scots-Irish: The Great Wagon Road: The Great Wagon Road followed paths used by Indians and was the main roads by which the Scots-Irish moved south and west and peopled the b...

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Scots-Irish: Art

The Scots-Irish: Art: I do not know who did this work so can not credit them, but it is a piece celebrating the Scots-Irish and Cherokee connections. Openi...

Monday, 23 June 2014

Ulster American Heritage Symposium, 26-28 June, Athens Georgia

20th Biennial Ulster-American Heritage Symposium comes to Athens June 26-28

The 20th Biennial Ulster-American Heritage Symposium will take place June 26-28 in the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The symposium, titled "Contacts, Contests, and Contributions: Ulster-Americans in War and Society," is sponsored by the T.R.R. Cobb House, the Scotch-Irish Society of the USA, the Georgia Humanities Council, the UGA Department of History, and the Willson Center.
The aim of the symposium will be to explore the transatlantic emigration, settlement, and continued experience of people from the north of Ireland. The event will bring together national and international scholars to present new research about these emigrants, their roles in American life, their roles, relationships and assimilation into American society, and their legacies in order to build a more meaningful understanding of those who share our Ulster-American heritage.

The symposium will use the sesquicentennial of the Civil War to garner new research on those who served in the conflict. David Gleeson of Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, author of the recent work The Green and The Grey: The Irish in the Confederate States of America, will be the keynote speaker.
Registration for the three-day symposium is $110. For schedule and conference information, go to the T.R.R. Cobb House website or contact Sam Thomas at (706) 369-3513 or

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Gaelic Language Festival in Canada

Singing, Dancing, Instrumental Music, Oration, and Literature
with Ireland’s Best
Simple Day Pass to Festival (Saturday):  $10
Preregister for Individual Festival Activities:
Full 3 Day Package, Including Meals ($140), Preregistration Required:
Amhránaíocht, Damhsa, Ceol Uirlise, Labhairt, agus Litríocht
leis na moltóirí/taibheoirí is fearr in Éirinn
Pas Lae don Fhéile (Dé Sathairn):  $10
Réamh-chlárú d’Imeachtaí Faoi Leith:   
Pacáiste Iomlán, 3 Lá, Béilí san Áireamh ($140), Réamh-chlárú de dhíth:
Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh
2526 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 7T1
Freagraí as Gaeilge, le do thoil, oiread agus is féidir.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Family Finder Autosomal DNA Sale. Very good price.

Dear Group Admins,
Father's Day is almost here and that means a new Family Tree DNA sale!  Here's what the sale will entail:

From 6/9/2014 to 6/17/2014, we will be offering:
Family Finder - $79   ($99)
Big Y - $595   ($695)

Additionally, customers that have already purchased a Big Y test will receive a coupon for $100 off another Big Y! This coupon is valid through 6/17/2015 and can be used on any Big Y order.  The best part is that if you combine it with the Father's Day sale, customers can get Big Y for only $495!

Link to purchase Family Finder Test
News & updates
  • Big Y matching is coming!  Over the course of the next two weeks we will begin a phased release of Big Y matching so you can directly compare your comprehensive Y-DNA results to those of other Big Y test takers.  The key to identifying all new SNPs and subclades is finally here!
  • Family Finder was recently improved with the release of myOrigins, an all new ethnicity tool allowing you to compare your ethnic breakdown to that of your matches while providing more detailed information on your ethnic heritage than ever before!

Donegal in Touch E-zine

Welcome to the Donegal in Touch e-zine.  This e-zine is part of the Donegal Diaspora Project. Through this project Donegal is reaching out and connecting with people in all parts of the world who have a connection to or interest in Donegal.  This e-zine is sent to people in all parts of the world.
Please find attached the latest edition of the Donegal Community in Touch Ezine. Please feel free to pass this e-zine on to others that you feel might be interested in it. Any views, comments or contributions to the e-zine are very welcome.    
For further information on Donegal or on the Donegal Diaspora Project, please contact Roisin McBride at or please visit the website at
The Donegal - community in touch / Dún na nGall - pobail i d'teagmháil Publication Team
Roisin McBride
Donegal County Council

Saturday, 7 June 2014

News From Ulster's Emmett McCourt

Dear All
I am delighted to let you know that Feast or Famine ,A Cultural Food Journey of The North West of Ireland is to be Launched at Belfast Metropolitan College on 17th of June 2014 at 11am.
This is to take place in Belfast's Iconic Titanic Quarter ,Please find invites attached with more information.
The book launch will centre around the huge personal story from Feast or Famine of Albert Sargent -Famous Chef who Launched the Titanic with his historic Menu.
As a Friend of The Irish Food Heritage Project I would be delighted to see you there. Please feel free to extend the invitation to your Friends Collegues and who ever may find the Project of Interest.
Please Let me know if you can make it on the day.
Thanks again so much for all your Support..
Kind Regards
Emmett McCourt
Irish Food Heritage Project
Feast or Famine
Best Local Food/Drink Promotional Event/Initiative 2013
Northern Ireland Food and Drinks Awards 2013
Supported by NI Regional Food Programme.

Friday, 6 June 2014

DNA Testing Transfer to Family Tree

Note... if you have done DNA testing with another company here is your opportunity to transfer your results to Family Tree DNA.  Our project used Family Tree DNA as it has by far the largest data base and is very user friendly. 

Dear Group Administrators,
On Thursday,™ announced that they will no longer sell Y-DNA and mtDNA tests.  Additionally, the results from past Y-DNA and mtDNA tests will no longer be available after September 5, 2014.
There are no guarantee on what the future holds for's™ autosomal DNA offering so we strongly recommend that you tell people that tested with™ to transfer their Y-DNA and Autosomal DNA to Family Tree DNA where our main focus is genetic genealogy. mtDNA is not transferable because of compatibility issues.
Family Tree DNA is committed to supporting these valuable genealogical tests today and in the future.  You should encourage anyone who has tested with™ to transfer their record to Family Tree DNA as soon as possible.
The Y-DNA and Autosomal DNA transfer options are listed below:
Y-DNA 33 Marker Transfer
  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • No matches or haplogroup predictions
Y-DNA 46 Marker Transfer
  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • No matches or haplogroup predictions
Y-DNA 33 Transfer +
25 Marker Upgrade*
  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • Y-DNA matches
  • Haplogroup predictions
  • Additional standard FTDNA Y-DNA features
Y-DNA 46 Transfer +
37 Marker Upgrade*
  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • Y-DNA matches
  • Haplogroup predictions
  • Additional standard FTDNA Y-DNA features
  • Store your results on FTDNA.
  • Participate in group projects.
  • Family Finder matches
  • Additional standard Family Finder features
* Those unable to provide samples can still be upgraded to receive 12 marker matches for Y-DNA33 and 25 marker matches for their Y-DNA46

Thank you,
Family Tree DNA

The Scots-Irish: Scots-Irish DNA Project

The Scots-Irish: Scots-Irish DNA Project: The Scots-Irish DNA project is open to male Scots-Irish to assist their families' genetically genealogy and family history research.  Th...

Saturday, 24 May 2014

The Scots-Irish: Scots-Irish Books

The Scots-Irish: Scots-Irish Books: Three centuries of life in a Tyrone parish. A history of Donagheady from 1600 to 1900, by William Roulston (USD $ 12.95) Format Ebook.  ...

Friday, 23 May 2014

Irish Gaelic Festival in Ontario in June

Canada’s Premier Irish Gaelic Festival
Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada
27 – 29 June 2014
Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir (Tamworth / Erinsville Ontario)
Pre-registration required for meals and competition entry.
Eolas Iomlán agus Clárúchán:
OÍCHE AOINE, 27 June, Days Inn, Dún Laoghaire (Kingston), Ontairió: Suipéar buifé; aoichaointeoir (Nóra Welby, Glór na nGael, Éire); Seó Grinn le Caitríona Ní Chonaola, aisteoir Gaeltachta, ardchlú; Seisiún Ceoil; Céilí.
DÉ SATHAIRN, LÁ, 28 Meitheamh, Féile faoin Aer, Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir (Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontairió): Comórtais agus Taibhithe sna na Taibh-ealaíona Gaelacha: Labhairt (Dreas Cainte, Scéalaíocht, Aithris Filíochta, Agallamh Beirte); Litríocht; Amhránaíocht (Sean Nós, Neamh-Sean-Nós, Cór Gaelach, Lúibíní); Ceol (Cláirseach, Píb Uilleann, Bannaí Céilí, Bannaí Feadóige do Pháistí); Damhsa (Sean Nós, Damhsa Seit).
OÍCHE SHATHAIRN, 28 Meitheamh, Féasta Bronnadh Duaiseanna agus Céilí: Days Inn, Dún Laoghaire (Kingston), Ontairió
MAIDIN DÉ DOMHNAIGH, 29 Meitheamh, Bróinse Gaelach Deireanach: Days Inn, Dún Laoghaire (Kingston), Ontairió
Duaiseanna: Trófaithe, Boinn agus Duaiseanna, turas íoctha go Éirinn d’amhránaíocht ar an Sean-Nós san áireamh
Físeáin: amharc ar fhíseáin ó bhlianta a chuaigh thart, 
Complete Information and Registration:
FRIDAY EVENING, 27 June, Days Inn, Kingston, Ontario: buffet supper; guest speaker (Nóra Welby, Glór na nGael, Ireland); Comedy Show by well-known Gaeltacht actress Caitríona Ní Chonaola; Music Session; Céilí.
SATURDAY DAYTIME, 28 June, Open Air Festival, Gaeltacht Thuaisceart an Oileáin Úir (Tamworth/Erinsville, Ontario): Competitions and Performances in Gaelic performing arts: Speaking (Oration, Story Telling, Poetry Recitation, Pair Dialogue); Literature; Singing (Sean Nós, Non-Sean-Nós, Gaelic Choir, Lúibíní); Music (Harp, Uilleann Pipes, Céilí Bands, children’s whistle band); Dancing (Sean Nós, Set Dancing).
SATURDAY EVENING, 28 June, Awards Banquet and Céilí: Days Inn Kingston, Ontario
SUNDAY MORNING, 29 June, Farewell Gaelic Brunch: Days Inn Kingston, Ontario
Prizes: Trophies, Medals and Awards, including an expense-paid trip to Ireland for Sean Nós Singing
Videos: watch videos from previous years,
Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh
2526 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 7T1
Freagraí as Gaeilge, le do thoil, oiread agus is féidir.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Barry Vann to Speak at Queens in Belfast 6 June

Barry Vann

Dr. Barry Vann will speak at the upcoming history symposium at Queens University in Belfast on 6 June 2014. Queen’s University’s Institute of Collaborative Research in the Humanities, DCAL and the Ministerial Advisory Group of the Ulster Scots Academy host this symposium that will focus on diaspora histories, representations, culture and politics following the events of the Irish government’s Gathering year.

Link for details:  After the Gathering -- History Talks

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Ballymoney Genealogical Gathering

If you have ancestors in North Antrim, then the Route Back Home 2014 is the place to find out more about your family history!
The exciting conference gives genealogists from across the world the opportunity to enjoy a unique series of lectures & research trips focusing on Ballymoney and district.
The Route Back Home will run from 24-27 September and will be based in Ballymoney Town Hall.  It has been developed to assist people who are specifically researching their ancestry in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.  The conference is an opportunity to meet other people who share an interest in North Antrim, a region traditionally known as "the Route”.
The Route Back Home is run by Ballymoney Museum.  It is supported by the Coleraine Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society (www. and their members will be available to help delegates and provide advice throughout the conference.
Delegates must pay the full booking fee of £180 to be allocated a place at the conference.  Only 20 places are available and bookings cannot be confirmed until receipt of a completed booking form and full payment.  The conference fee includes:
  • Lectures on how to research your ancestry in North Antrim
  • Daily lunch and regular refreshments
  • Conference dinner and drinks reception
  • Research trips to Belfast and Ballymena
Please contact me at this email address if you require further information and I look forward to hopefully seeing you in September.
Keith Beattie
Museum Manager

Monday, 7 April 2014

Gaelic Immersion Weekend, Kingston, Ontario

 EVENT: Gaelic Immersion Weekend
DATES: Friday 11 April – Sunday 13 April 2014
PLACE: Kingston, Ontario
ADDRESS: 56 Francis Street
COST: $220, full package (including accommodation and meals)
FURTHER INFORMATION: Stiofán,   (613) 379-5578
ÓCÁID: Tumdheireadh-seachtaine na Gaeilge
DÁTAÍ: Dé hAoine, 11 Aibreán – Dé Domhnaigh, 13 Aibreán 2014
LÁTHAIR: Dún Laoghaire (Kingston), Ontairió
SEOLADH: 56 Francis Street
LÓISTÍN: Peachtree Inn,
COSTAS: $220, pacáiste iomlán (lóistín agus béilí san áireamh)
TUILLEADH EOLAIS: Stiofán,   (613) 379-5578
 Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh
 2526 Alta Vista Drive
 Ottawa, Ontario
 K1V 7T1
613 731-1857
Freagraí as Gaeilge, le do thoil, oiread agus is féidir.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Ulster and Neanderthals

As geneticists continuing to expand our knowledge about of distant ancestry some fascinating data is being revealed.  This article relevant to all Europeans, but particularly relevant to Ulster and the surrounding regions as many of the families participating in DNA testing show an above average percentage of Neanderthal admixture.

Link:  Europeans have three times more Neanderthal genes for lipid catabolism than Asians or Africans

Friday, 28 February 2014

Route Ancestry Study Opportunity

Ballymoney Museum will be hosting the third Route Back Home family history conference in 2014.  The conference will run from 24-27 September and will be based in Ballymoney Town Hall.
The Route Back Home has been developed to assist people who are researching their ancestry in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.  The conference is an opportunity to meet other people from across the world who share an interest in North Antrim, a region traditionally known as "the Route”.
The programme will include contributions by prominent genealogy experts including:
  • Dorothy Arthur, Genealogist & Author
  • S.A. Blair, Historian & Author
  • Dr. Tyrone Bowes, Genetic Genealogy
  • Mary Bradley, Local Studies Service, Ballymena, Libraries NI
  • Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies
  • Gillian Hunt, Ulster Historical Foundation
  • Dr. Glynn Kelso, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • Dr. Linde Lunney, Dictionary of Irish Biography, Royal Irish Academy
  • Elwyn Soutter, Genealogist
  • Deidre Speer-Whyte, Ulster-Scots Community Network
  • Leah Tweed, Ballymoney Branch Library, Libraries NI
The Route Back Home is supported by the Coleraine Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society (www. and their members will be available to help and provide advice for delegates throughout the conference.
In addition, delegates will be able to visit important archives which hold essential information for family history research:
  • Local Studies Service, Ballymena
  • Ballymoney Branch Library
  • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast
  • General Register Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast
Delegates must pay the full booking fee of £180 to be allocated a place at the conference.  Only 20 places are available and bookings cannot be confirmed until receipt of a completed booking form and full payment.  The conference fee includes:
  • Daily lunch and regular refreshments
  • Conference dinner and drinks reception
  • Research trips to Belfast and Ballymena
Please contact me at this email address if you require further information and I look forward to hopefully seeing you in September.
Keith Beattie
Museum Manager

Thursday, 21 November 2013

DNA Christmas Season Sale

Family Tree Labs, which are used by the Ulster Heritage DNA Project, are running a very good sale on their paternal DNA projects. Paternal DNA projects use the Y chromosome, which is passed from father to son, and are ideal for surname research.  The sale is substantial and this is an excellent time to purchase a DNA test kit.

Paternal Lineage Orders

If you are seeking a connection along a direct paternal line, one of our Y-DNA (men only) tests is right for you. Learn more...
Product Regular Price Sale Price  
Y-DNA37 $169 US $119 US Order
Y-DNA67 $268 US $189 US Order
Y-DNA111 $359 US $289 US Order
Link to purchase:  Ulster Heritage DNA Project
Surnames researched in the Ulster Heritage DNA Project:
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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Ulster and West Highland Clan Surnames

Many people with Gaelic origin surnames are interested in researching their clan connections. This is cannot be done by assuming one’s last name is also a clan surname.  Many Gaelic surnames are not clan surnames and do not relate to historical clans.  They are surnames created from Gaelic patronymic naming customs.  Many Gaelic surnames were not fixed in until very late, circa 1500s into the 1600s.  Even then the use of clan surnames was not universal and was often a form only found on legal documents written by government officials, rather than the surname a family actually used in their community.[1]  Clan surnames were used more by older sons of landed families. In other cases families related to a historical clan via marriage, via legal contracts such a manrents (military obligations to a lord), tacsmen (land managers) or just allies, would take the surname of the clan to which they were associated.  The best way to  research one’s clan connections is through Y chromosome DNA testing (Y-DNA) and a study of the history of a district that the family originated.

Y Chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) testing usually provides a kinship group of surnames with the same paternal kinship.   Often the non-surname matches are as important as the surname matches when trying ascertain clan connections.  Many Gaelic clans had groups of surnames associated with them. There are many examples of this that have turned up in DNA results.

If you have tested your Y-DNA at the 67 or 111 and a definite kinship group has appeared the surnames in the group usually give important data relevant to past clan connections.  A good first step is to have research done on the etymology and history of those particular surnames.  Sometimes this alone reveals a family past clan connections.  For example, the common Ulster and west Highland surname of Campbell, most times this is the anglicised form of Caimbeul from the well-known Argyll family.   But some Campbell families have a kinship group that includes the surname Caulfield which an Ulster Heritage researcher knew to be anglicised form of the name Mac Cathmhaoil, a county Tyrone Irish Gaelic family and that this family used both Caulfield and Campbell as anglicised forms of their surname.  This gave this particular Campbell family their real history and geographic location to conduct further research.  This type of breakthrough happens often in the Ulster Heritage Project.

If one of your research goals is to explore your clan connections and you have reached a brick wall with your paternal kinship group matches it might help to have an expert look at the group and do an analysis of them.  This involves etymology, history, and geographic analysis of the kinship group and an examination of any primary sources.  It is complex work often working with Gaelic language sources, but can provide valuable insight into a family’s clan connections.   If you have reached a point that you would like your kinship group analyzed please contact Ulster Heritage.

[1], Michael Newton, A Handbook of the Scottish Gaelic World, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2000, pages 136, 137. 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Scots-Irish Blog

Ricky Skaggs

Articles on Scots-Irish history, family history and genealogy research, music, food and drink, and culture are now being posted on the Scots-Irish blog.  This site will also post on Scots-Irish themed books and genetic genealogy.

Link to the blog: Scots-Irish