Illinois Ancestors: Scots-Irish research easier with guide

Illinois Ancestors: Scots-Irish research easier with guide

What is Scots-Irish? Where did they settle in America? Where did they come from? The answers to these and other important questions are provided in Brian Mitchell's newest guide, "Genealogy at a Glance: Scots-Irish Genealogy Research." This helpful reference also aids researchers by defining essential record sources and the repositories where they can be found, as well as books for further reading and some helpful sources on the Internet. A case study includes important information found in land records.

Mitchell's "Genealogy at a Glance: Scots-Irish Genealogy Research" is similar in format to previous guides in the Genealogy at a Glance series. It is four pages, 8-by-11, and laminated for heavy use. It can be ordered from Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211 as Item No. 3876, ISBN 978-0-8063-1996-4, shipping (first item $4.50; each additional item $2.50). Visa and MasterCard orders may be placed toll-free at 800-296-6687 or online at

It should be noted that Mitchell had published a similar, earlier guide, "Genealogy at a Glance: Irish Genealogy Research," Item No. 3866, plus shipping. Visit the publisher's website to learn of other guides.

"Londonderry's Emigrants," Mitchell's latest book, or booklet with only 34 pages, tells the story of ships that sailed from Derry/Londonderry, situated at the head of the River Foyle, to the American colonies and elsewhere from the late 17th century to 1939. Many researchers today may have had ancestors with experiences similar to those of ancestors of General Robert E. Lee, Presidents James Polk and James Buchanan, and songwriter Stephen Foster, who headed for America from that port."The Irish either moved with kin or moved to join kin." The details of various shipping lines, the importance of railroads as essential links, plus charts, statistics and illustrations together provide a better understanding of the conditions our ancestors endured in order to reach these shores.

Mitchell's booklet, "Derry-Londonderry: Gateway to a New World: The Story of Emigration from the Foyle by Sail and Steam" can be ordered from Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. (address above) as Item No. 8363, ISBN 978-0-8063-5691-4, item).

Note: Londonderry is the legal name of the city known as Derry, the second largest city in Northern Ireland. Mitchell has been researching local, family and emigration history in Derry since 1982. He supervised the construction of a database containing one million records (dating from 1642 to 1922), extracted from the major civil and church registers of County Derry, which is now accessible at (According to this website, you must be registered and logged in before you can perform a free search. Access to the index of records requires that you register with the Irish Family History Foundation by providing your name, address and email details. There is no cost involved with registration. When you register, you will be given 100 free search credits which will allow you to view 100 pages of search results for free.)

Online death records

Genealogist Joe Beine continues to update his helpful websites. For example, his Online Indexes for Death Records, Cemeteries and Obituaries pertaining to Illinois, found at, includes updated materials pertaining to DuPage, Jackson, Lake and Cook counties. For instance, he has listed DuPage County's Bloomington Public Library Obituary Index, which includes PDF's for many of the obituaries.

To access the links to other states' listings, go to his website Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records (http://www.deathindexes. com and click on a link to any other state. There you will also find links to several big city guides for death records in Chicago and Cook County, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City and St. Louis.

From Beine's website, one can also click on a link to Social Security Death Index which provides basic information on this database and possible ways to access the data. The link to FAQ (frequently asked questions) is also most helpful.

Queries, genealogical questions from researchers and genealogical materials readers would like to share will be printed in this column free. Joan Griffis may be reached via email at or by sending a letter to Illinois Ancestors, c/o The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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