Researching the Nine Historic Counties of Ulster

Ulster: Donegal (Tyrconnel), Londonderry (Derry), Antrim, Tyrone, Armagh, Down, Monaghan, Fermanagh, Cavan.

Study Bibliography and Sources:
Bardon, Jonathan. A History of Ulster.  Belfast: The Blackstaff Press, 1992. pp. 914.

________. The Plantation of Ulster: The British Colonization of the North of Ireland in the Seventeenth Century. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 2011/12. pp. 400.

Campbell, John C. The Southern Highlander & his Homeland. The Russell Sage Foundation, 1921. Reissued by the University Press of Kentucky, 1969. pp.405. With new Preface and Foreword.

Roulston, William J. Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800. 2nd ed.Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation, 2018. pp. 606. The first edition was published in 2005; this edition is more than double in size with a substantial section on landed estate records and a detailed description of some 350 landed estate collections.

Much has been written about the Scots-Irish, some of it carefully documented and substantiated from surviving  original sources. When you select a book to increase your own knowledge and insight, choose one with what are called scholarly trappings–footnotes and bibliography. If the book you begin with does not have these, select another book.

Of all the in-depth study that I have done on the subject, the four references listed above are my favorites. A total of 2,325 pages of information awaiting your careful eye. All of the titles are still available for purchase, so that you can have your very own library. Basic maps and actual genealogy and history accounts–these resources will launch your study with authority. Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle

PS The focus of this study is the Scots-Irish who originated in Ulster. From here they spread their lives and influence across a broad swath of territory. It is easy to get lost among so vast an area. Take care.

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