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Old 12-18-2012, 03:58 PM
 
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Does anyone have any experience with genealogists in counties Tyrone and Donegal in Ireland/Northern Ireland? Any recommendations?

I have traced my family to these counties leaving for America in 1732 or so.

Tracking down source data. thanks
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:22 AM
 
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Have you looked into the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland? Irish genealogy is not easy though, especially going that far back.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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I don't have a specific recommendation to make. On my father's side we're from Co. Longford. In Longford, and I think probably in all principal county "seats" (for lack of better description) there is a geneology section in the public library. I've used just such a library in Longford town and was assisted by a librarian specializing in what collection(s) the library has. There were also one or two private geneological services one could hire to do work. Maybe you'll find the same is true for Donegal, one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:52 PM
 
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thank you. have contacted a company who does this and will see how they respond.

One day it would be great to go over there and continue these searches myself. but for now, will hire it out.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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Does anyone have any experience with genealogists in counties Tyrone and Donegal in Ireland/Northern Ireland? Any recommendations?

I have traced my family to these counties leaving for America in 1732 or so.

Tracking down source data. thanks
Well if they were from Northern Ireland and came over at that time they were likely Ulster Scots who weren't in Ireland for very long, maybe 100 years. I realize though that that doesn't answer your question.
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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I believe, from what I have read, that they came to Ireland during the flight of earls and became 'undertakers -i think is the term'. From Ayr and Dunbarton for the most part. They spent about 100 years in Ireland and according to one of their letters "had two bad harvests in a row and were tired of the political situation" and decided to go for opportunity and freedom in the US.

Surnames were: Montgomery, Hamilton, Colquhoun, Ewing, and a few more. So my current problem is that I can track my family back to Northern Ireland but then I get to Hugh Montgomery for example. There looks to be several Hugh Montgomerys living at the same time and the same town. So which to follow?

That is why I am seeking a professional to sort that out. Then if things go well, I will be able to take a long visit and see things for myself. Hope so anyway.
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:06 PM
 
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"Montgomery, Hamilton, Colquhoun, Ewing"... those do not sound like celt names. So you can't get catholic parish records. Perhaps church of Ireland?
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:39 AM
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Colquhoun is Celtic.
Colquhoun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

One of the most important peerages in Scotland is named Hamilton.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilto...name_and_title)
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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"Montgomery, Hamilton, Colquhoun, Ewing"... those do not sound like celt names. So you can't get catholic parish records. Perhaps church of Ireland?
Yes you are right. Colquhoun was Presybterian (I don't know if Coventeer or not). Rest were Church of Ireland. I think. Although they may have been Catholic until Stuart monarchy or so.

Circling back to I am looking to a professional to look them up so the truth can be confirmed. Thanks for the observation. Each step gets me closer
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