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Many Irish genealogies, especially from the northern part of the country are not complete without Scottish Records

Emigration & Religion

Irish emigration to Scotland was well established for both skilled & non skilled workers from the early 1800’s  Non-skilled workers came predominantly from the catholic population, they were more likely to be agricultural labourers who went to Scotland for seasonal work.  They found it more difficult to settle in a protestant community.

Those with skills in the textile industry, having worked with yarn, linen and jute in the northern counties of Donegal, Tyrone, Derry, Sligo & Monaghan were much likely to be protestant and integrated much easier in their adopted land

By the early 1830’s there were very many more Irish born than native Scots especially along the west coast

Genealogical Records for Scotland

Scotlands Places

Scotlands Places

Civil records begin in 1855 and contain very useful information from a genealogical perspective.  Their church records and census – since 1841 remain fairly intact.  Census give county or in many cases even townland of origin in Ireland from 1851 onwards.

Most of Scotland’s genealogical records are behind a pay wall on ScotlandsPeople.  However; a whole collection of records including Name Books, Dog Tax and Window Tax are all available online on ScotlandsPlaces and is currently viewable without payment.  Many of these records are not yet transcribed and are locked, it’s a case of you may be lucky or not.  Original documents are viewable with the transcribed records

FamilySearch is the only place where all their Scottish records are free