If you want to dig deeper…


If you’re interested in delving deeper into the Scots-Irish (North Britons), Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer is an excellent social history. Fischer covers naming (onomastics), literacy rates, wealth distribution, age distribution, occupations, age at marriage, crime, social rank, child rearing practices, and much more. And if you have other family lines from the British Isles, Fischer compares and contrasts the Puritans, Distressed Cavaliers and Indentured Servants, and Friends (Quakers), too.


If you’re related to John Randolph Logan, are a Civil War buff, or simply want to learn more about the wartime experience of a young Confederate officer, you’ll find “A Rising Star of Promise” The Civil War Odyssey of David Jackson Logan an informative read. Authors Thomas and Silverman discovered letters David Jackson Logan wrote to home folks along with articles he penned for his hometown newspaper, a unique perspective.

Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and A  Great American Land Grab by Steve Inskeep. I’ve lent this book out, so I don’t have a handy photograph of the book cover. But the book will be of special interest to those of you with ancestors who migrated to Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee, or who live in one of those states. And American history buffs, this book’s for you.

Another book about the Scots-Irish (Ulster Scots) is In Search of Ulster-Scots Land — The Birth and Geotheological Imagings of a Transatlantic People 1603-1703  by Barry Aron Vann. I mean no disrespect when I say this book is fairly academic (in parts) and may be of interest primarily to those readers who are really wonkish about Scots-Irish history. The author focuses attention on the geographies of religion and culture and their influence on the American South.