Monday, 17 November 2014

The Scots-Irish: Tim Clarkson & Viking Age Strathclyde

The Scots-Irish: Tim Clarkson & Viking Age Strathclyde: Tim Clarkson's new book on Viking Age Strathclyde  is now available and highly recommended.  Strathclyde and the Anglo-Saxons in th...

Monday, 27 October 2014

The Scots-Irish: The Cracker

The Scots-Irish: The Cracker: Cracker Cattle What is the etymology of the term Cracker?   We all know what a Cracker was (or is).   A Southern Anglo-Celt, usually ...

Thursday, 23 October 2014

AncestryDNA and 23andMe (V3) Transfer to Family Tree

(more information on the transfer offer from Family Tree DNA.)

Family Tree DNA is now allowing people that have taken an AncestryDNA™ or 23andMe© (V3) test to transfer their raw data to the Family Finder database for FREE by visiting!
That’s right!  Pass this news along to your friends and family members that have tested with or 23andMe so they can discover new matches in the world’s largest genetic genealogy database for FREE!  
Note: Autosomal raw data cannot be transferred to an account that already has Family Finder
What’s in it for You?
After transferring, you’ll get your top 20 matches, complete with their surnames and relationship predictions.  You don’t have to do anything after uploading your data to see these matches.  You’ve got nothing to lose!

You can unlock ALL of your matches and myOrigins results for free by recruiting 4 other relatives or friends to transfer their results using a link we’ll provide!

Unlock Right Away for Just $39
If you do not want to wait for 4 others to transfer, we are also permanently reducing the price to unlock all of your matches and myOrigins results to just $39!  
Once a transfer has purchased or referred 4 others they will unlock the full Family Finder experience!
How Does it Work?
New customers must enter their name and email address to get started.  If you already have an FTDNA account, just click Already have a Family Tree DNA account?

Next, click ‘Upload Raw Data’ to select and upload the raw data file from AncestryDNA™ or 23andMe© (V3) from your computer.  It is not necessary to unzip the file prior to uploading it.  If you don’t have your raw data file handy, instructions on how to download it will be available.

The first round of results processing will take about an hour and an email notification will be sent to the registered email address after we are done processing the raw data.

Transfer your 23andMe©(V3) or AncestryDNA™

Family Tree DNA is offering free transfers from 23andMe and AncestryDNA.  This is an excellent opportunity to upload your existed data into Family Tree's data base. 

Link:  23andMeV3 and AncestryDNA Transfers

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Scots-Irish: R-L21 Haplogroup and the Scots-Irish

The Scots-Irish: R-L21 Haplogroup and the Scots-Irish:   Above is a map showing the location of the R-L21 Haplogroup.  R-L21 Haplogroup and the growing number of downstream (more recent in ch...

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Scots-Irish: John Steinbeck and his Scots-Irish mother

The Scots-Irish: John Steinbeck and his Scots-Irish mother: Many families married into the Scots-Irish.  German families in the Upland and backwood South often became part of Scots-Irish society.  Her...

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Scots-Irish: Scottish historian Tim Clarkson

The Scots-Irish: Scottish historian Tim Clarkson: This blog is primarily about the Scots-Irish in the New World from Colonial times to the present.  Occasionally, I will post items of intere...

Friday, 26 September 2014

The Ulster Heritage DNA Project Update

The Ulster Heritage DNA Project has 3,028 participating families.  The haplogroups associated with Insular Celts continue to comprise the majority of those families tested with the R-M222 the most numerous with R-L21 following closely.  Other haplogroups of note is the I-L126, which is associated with Scotland and thought to be one of the early, pre R1b, populations in Scotland. 

We are slowly getting the results pages to reflect the amazing progress the geneticists have been making in locating new haplogroups.  Eventually, with these many new downstream haplogroups, a geographic area will be linked to them.  We will post news on this as it becomes available.

We continue to add book titles for sale for families doing genetic genealogy.  Most families will notice a geographic pattern to their match group, especially if they have done higher level testing.  After a geographic location of interest appears then attention can be given to the early primary sources for that area.  Given the static nature of daily life in Ulster in the 1600s families tended to remain in the district for generations.  If a family has a DNA connection to a district then these early primary sources, which often list the families in a district, can provide valuable information.  

Link to access the Ulster Heritage DNA results.

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