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 187,500+ 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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William Douglas left a comment for david roseburgh
"Welcome to our group, David. I wonder if this is the farm, Glendearg: Mr Thomas Edward Douglas Glendearg Farm Galashiels Selkirkshire  Yours aye, William"
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William Douglas left a comment for Archie Douglas Rogers
"It seems that in 1645, Glenrassie was held by Viscount Kenmure;Gilbert seems to be his tenant."
William Douglas left a comment for Archie Douglas Rogers
"Welcome, Archie, to our group. 'Your' Gilbert was an interesting chap, and I would like to know more about him. He was present at the Battle of Bothwell Bridge on 22 June 1679. It was fought between government troops and militant…"
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William Douglas left a comment for Mark Pretorius
"Welcome to our group, Mark. I have not had much luck with the Douglas family in Loughborough, though there appear to be family members living there today. I do record a James Alexander Douglas in Loughborough born about 1762.  I wonder if…"
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Douglass of Delaware County, New York

Started by Dorothey L Sherman in Genealogy. Last reply by Peter Mcclintock Dec 27, 2020. 9 Replies

My 3rd great grandfather, James Douglass was born in September, 1798, in Delaware County, New York. He later lived in Caroline, Tompkins Co., New York. And later kept moving west until he died in Otoe Co., Nebraska in 1886.In 1798, there does not…Continue

Thursday , July 18th 2019

Started by Russell Lynn Drysdale in General. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Dec 15, 2020. 2 Replies

Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections. For Myself , Sept name , Drysdale, in particular , William Drysdale and wife Helen Renny both [supposedly] born 1730s , Dunfermline , Fife , [supposedly] married Jan…Continue

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Robert Drysdale d: 11 May 1876

Started by Don and Aileen Theall in Genealogy. Last reply by Don and Aileen Theall Dec 14, 2020. 2 Replies

Looking for assistance in researching my wife's Drysdale history. I've been able to go back to Robert Drysdale d: 11 May 1876, m: Christina Marshall 1846 but I am at a road block finding Robert's parents. Any help would be greatly appreciated and…Continue

possible email scam through this site?

Started by Gary Erwin Douglass JR in General. Last reply by Brad Bosley Dec 12, 2020. 16 Replies

i received an email from a sotia teneh and everything i read about her is vague and suspicsious of scamming. Starts off good day and mentions having vital information and to contact her. anyone else have this? or is she a legitimate member of the…Continue

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Alexander Douglas

Posted by Steven Douglas Lukefahr on January 7, 2021 at 13:42 4 Comments

Happy to be a new member!

I am looking for the ancestors of Alexander Douglas (my 4th great grandfather) who was born in 1811 in Rowan County, NC. The family tradition is that he was an orphan. He was adopted by the John Yost family who moved to Union County, ILL. I am searching for Alexander's parents and ancestors who trace back to Ireland and Scotland.

This matter has been a mystery for many generations in my family. Your help is much appreciated!

Steven Douglas…


UK New Year Honours 2021

Posted by William Douglas on January 5, 2021 at 16:58 0 Comments

Congratulations to the following for their appointments in the New Years Honours

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

William Barry Douglas OBE. Concert Pianist. For services to Music and to Community Relations in Northern Ireland. (Lurgan, County Armagh)

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Robert Peter Douglas Miller. For services to Wildlife Conservation in Scotland. (Haddington, East Lothian)

Members of the Order of the British…


James Sutfin Douglass Dryden NY

Posted by Peter Mcclintock on December 26, 2020 at 22:36 1 Comment

Looking for any info on James Sutfin Douglass, born 1812, died 1898 in W. Dryden NY and his ancestors. His father Nathaniel - married Betsey Sutfin. I saw a post from 10 years ago about the Dryden branch and that perhaps Nathaniel was from NJ.


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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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