The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records


The Douglas Archives is a mix of historical records and biographies and also a genealogy database with details of 169543 individuals.

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Looking for a Douglas ancestor in the Douglas Archives requires two searches - one in the history section, and another in the genealogy section.

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The more information you give about your ancestors, the greater the chance that others might see someone they recognise and tie in to your tree. Dates and places definitely help!

Welcome to the Douglas Archives Network

The first Douglas to stride across the stage of Scottish history was Sir William Douglas who fought and died for William Wallace. His son, Sir James Douglas was a supporter and lifelong friend of Robert the Bruce. "Good Sir James" died taking Bruce's heart on a crusade to the Holy Land. The 2nd Earl of Douglas died at the Battle of Otterburn in 1388 as his army defeated an English force led by Prince Henry "Hotspur". In 1402 the 4th Earl was defeated by the same Henry Hotspur at the Battle of Homildon Hill.

Few of their successors died in their beds! Our website charts the history of this famous family, both in its native Scotland, and as family members spread across the world.

The main site is divided into two sections: Douglas history and Douglas genealogy.  These have been joined by the Douglas Clan Gathering section.

In this networking area, we hope that all those with Douglas connections will feel able to contribute and debate their Douglas heritage.

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A group for those who are using dna to trace their ancestors.The intention is NOT to replace the existing dna group, but to facilitate discussions amongst those who are not part of that group.See More
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John Drysdale pioneer

"(Deseret News 15 May 1912) OBITUARY: John Drysdale, an early pioneer of Cedar Fort, died at his home in that place April 4. Mr. Drysdale was born Oct. 10, 1837. He came to Utah in 1853. He crossed the ocean in the ship Elvira Owen in a company of…"


Samuel Douglas(s) b.Scotland 1699 d.New Hampshire 1793 Searching for father

Started by Bernadine Joy Douglass in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Aug 21. 5 Replies

I am Looking for the father of:Samuel Douglas b.1699 Burnhouses Auchingramont Hamilton, Aberdeenshire, Scotlandd.1793 Littleton NHmarried in Scotland Hepzibah Richardson b.1701 d. ?Immigrated 1730 from Scotland to MA, then NH with his children and…Continue

Douglases in Cockpen - 18th century and before

Started by Jenny Blain in Genealogy. Last reply by William Douglas Jul 28. 27 Replies

Here's some of what I have on the Cockpen Duglass/Douglas people. At William's suggestion I'm putting this in a 'discussion' as there may be pieces that people want to follow up - I've seen several posts exploring this line. William Duglass and…Continue

Tags: Dalhousie, Cockpen

Northamptonshire Douglas(s)

Started by Susan Morrell in Genealogy. Last reply by Susan Morrell Jun 30. 16 Replies

Im looking for Douglas(s) in Wootton, Northamptonshire.My ancestor Joseph Douglas left there and moved to Bradford, Yorkshire (between 1861 - 1870). Joseph was born in Wootton, Northamptonshire in 1848. His father is Samuel Douglas born 1823,…Continue

Colonel Edward Douglas born Dec 1590 in Scotland his ancestry

Started by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. in Genealogy. Last reply by James David Douglas Jun 22. 21 Replies

married widow Isabel Dale sister to Sir Thomas Dale, royal governor of Virginia. Isabel was born in Middlesex County, England. Edward Douglas was born in Scotland 14 Dec 1590 and died in Northampton County, Virginia 2 Nov 1657. Upon the death of…Continue

Blog Posts

Kind contributors - and frustrations

Posted by William Douglas on August 25, 2015 at 20:19 1 Comment

Much of the Douglas Archives are built on the contributions of visitors to the website, whether they are providing new information or correcting existing entries.  I welcome these, ever mindful of the advice I was given 35 years ago: GIGO, garbage in, garbage out.

So, if I don't understand…


Dispossession of Australian Indigenous Tribes - Who was Major Douglas?

Posted by William Douglas on August 11, 2015 at 11:09 1 Comment

Hobart Town Courier Saturday 25 September 1830

Black Line Dispossession of Indigenous Tribes 


Colonial Secretary's Office, Sept., 1830. 


4. Major Douglas will, on the seventh of October cause the following chain of posts to be occupied ; viz :—From the Coast near St. Patrick's Head, to the source of the St. Paul's River, and by that River and the South Esk, to Epping Forest, and Campbell Town. This line being…


Old Douglas

Posted by William Douglas on August 4, 2015 at 10:39 0 Comments

I was researching Camp Douglas, in Chicago, when I came across this story.

"Old Douglas" Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

During the Siege of Vicksburg, Federal snipers targeted and killed the camel for sport. The grief stricken men of the "Camel…


Sending your sample to FTDNA via the Post Office

Posted by Nigel Douglas on July 24, 2015 at 16:54 1 Comment

Whilst visiting the UK, I thought it would be easy to post my sample back to FTDNA in Houston, but not so. After telling the Post Office counter assistant what the envelope contained, he said it was a "Biological Substance" and as such was banned from international post. My assertion that it was saliva containing a few cells, no different than would be found on a stamp, or envelope after licking was met with indignation and the…



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