The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records

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The Douglas Archives is a mix of historical records and biographies and also a genealogy database with details of 182,381 individuals.

Searching the Douglas Archives

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

There is a way around this, by using Google (and other search engines) site search facilities.

We can see succesful outcomes of Google searches, but not the unsuccesful ones.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, please ask the question through the Comunity Network - or just drop us a line.

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To reduce the volume of fraudulent sign ups, I am making the process more difficult. I apologise to genuine prospective members.  

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.

If you are new to the site, please visit our Welcome message.

 

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Mark Stephen Elliott replied to Mark Stephen Elliott's discussion Cavers is for sale;
"Youtube video of Cavers Castle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiqqILiPJF8"
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William Douglas replied to Gilbert Franklin Douglas III's discussion Immigrants to the South: Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi in the group Douglas families in Ireland
"Gilbert, What does 'Beat 5' mean? William"
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Immigrant to the South: Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi

Greetings, most likely most of my immigrant ancestors came through Ireland before arriving to the south east coast.... Douglases, Carmichaels, Lessleys, Munros... et al.My yDNA seems to indicate we came from Drumlanrig and Queensbury in Lanark!! …See More
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Gilbert Franklin Douglas III joined William Douglas's group
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Douglas families in Ireland

Researching members of the Douglas family in Ireland is notoriously difficult.  So many records have been destroyed, and the families often moved on to America, or elsewhere.This group is for those tracing their ancestors in Ireland.See More
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Cavers is for sale;

Started by Mark Stephen Elliott in History. Last reply by Mark Stephen Elliott yesterday. 3 Replies

"LESS THAN ONE HOUR AND A HALF'S DRIVE FROM EDINBURGH, THIS FANTASTIC SCOTTISH CASTLE SET IN 10 ACRES IS AWAITING ITS RESTORATION. A once magnificent Scottish Castle in private grounds of circa 10 acres and in need of complete restoration.Situated…Continue

Tags: https://www.rettie.co.uk/property-for-sale/borders/scottish-borders/denholm/MEL130005-house-building-plot-country-home-cavers

Where does the Douglas sept of 'Douglass' originate

Started by Daryl John Douglass in Heraldry. Last reply by Mark Stephen Elliott Jan 20. 26 Replies

For many years as a youngster, we were told that there was a tradition of adding or subtracting letters from a name when a child was born 'on the wrong side of the blanket'. I have yet to discover the significance of the second 'S' in my surname.…Continue

Douglases fighting for the Axis Powers and Russia

Started by Christopher Morales Douglas in History Jan 19. 0 Replies

Several Douglas families had settled in what would become Germany and Russia before World War 1 and World War 2. Some of these families are Douglas of Arkland and the descendants of Count Robert Douglas of Sweden. I was wondering if anyone had heard…Continue

Looking for information on a Robert Douglas White(Douglas) born in Hull United Kingdom 23/1/49

Started by Levi Ravenswood in Gatherings and reunions. Last reply by Levi Ravenswood Jan 15. 3 Replies

Looking for information of A (Robert Douglas White, )born in 1949 Hull UK.born the 23 January 1949 Hull United Kingdom father from Scotland gladcow , died aged 50 as suggested.2 brothers only one in Canada the other in the UK, no sister.previous…Continue

Blog Posts

Children of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 12, 2018 at 16:33 0 Comments

Robert Bell was the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Bell. This line I shall pursue as I descend down it through three lines. The youngest child of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior was Ann 'Nancy' Senior Bell (Please note that Nancy was given the middle name of Senior.) Nancy married Thomas Jarvis, son of William Jarvis, Sr. and Ann Goffigon, daughter of James Goffigon This couple was married 28 Sept 1789 in Northampton Co. As this is a line that descends from Capt William Willett I mention it but…

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Robert Bell, son of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 7, 2018 at 18:34 0 Comments

Robert Bell, son of Thomas Bell and Mary Senior, was born circa 1747 in Northampton Co., Virginia. Robert Bell married Mary Jarvis, daughter of William Jarvis, 17 June 1772, William Jarvis provided security. See Marriages Northampton Co, 1660/1-1854, Compiled by Jean Mihalyka page 7. Administration of the estate of Robert Bell was 8 Sept 1789. Orders #32, 1789-1795, page 1. Admtrs; Mary Bell, William Jarvis, Thomas Jarvis. Apprs; John Stratton, Jr., Francis Costin, William Trower, Peter…

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please remind me the steps to get to my tree

Posted by Jackie Stoddard on February 6, 2018 at 8:06 2 Comments

Hi William , can you please remind me the steps to get to my tree ! once logged in on the Douglas Archives , I can never work out how to
there really NEEDS to be a simple link /Navagation button "MY TREE " or "GO TO MY TREE"
please tell me the steps to get into it ? I think this might not encourage people to edit their trees , if its hard to get to
I thought my tree was lost when that crash happened a year or two back . thanks Jackie

Mary Senior, daughter of John Senior, Jr. and Martha Willett

Posted by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. on February 5, 2018 at 17:30 0 Comments

Mary Senior, sister of Isabella Senior, was born 1729, in Northampton Co., and died 1789 in Northampton Co. About 1646 Mary Senior married Thomas Bell, son of Thomas Bell and Mary Watson. Thomas Bell wrote his will 21 June 1772 and it was proved 11 Aug 1772, page 50, Northampton Co. wife, Mary, estate during her widowhood and to rent my lower plantation to my son, Robert and after his mother's widowhood to Robert forever. To son, Thomas, my plantation in Savages Neck. To son, William, My…

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Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


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