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 184,000 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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Jackie Stoddard replied to Richard William Maginis Douglas's discussion Charles Douglas of Dervock in the group Douglas families in Ireland
"Hi Richard , have you done your Autosomal DNA ? I have a lot of Gamble DNA matches , who also have Douglas , if so do you have a gedmatch number? and do you have an ancestry tree you could let me look at ?and FTDNA is only $59 for autosomal DNA…"
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Douglas family Inverness1

Started by Harold Dixon Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by Fiona Apr 11. 26 Replies

I was brought up in the highland orphanage Inverness now closed,is there anybody out there know of this place  Continue

Colonel Edward Douglas born Dec 1590 in Scotland his ancestry

Started by Henry Barraud Hunt, Jr. in Genealogy. Last reply by Russell Lynn Drysdale Apr 1. 22 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

Walter Michael Aubrey Barnes family Genealogy

Started by Flavia Douglas in Genealogy. Last reply by Flavia Douglas Mar 3. 2 Replies

Walter Michael Aubrey Barnes Douglas was the son of Walter Richard Barnes and Christiana Isabella Douglas. Walter Richard Barnes is the son of Michael William Barnes and Georgina Catherine Conventry (2nd daughter of the 7th earl of Conventry). Now…Continue

Seeking Parentage Archibald Douglas (1695-1756)

Started by Julie Bauer in Genealogy. Last reply by Julie Bauer Feb 24. 2 Replies

I have been trying to establish the father of my Lancaster, Pennsylvania ancestor, and have had no luck. Can anyone confirm the parentage of: Archibald Douglas (1695-1756)Married Jean or Jane (?)Born in Edinburgh, ScotlandDied 11/26/1756 in…Continue

Blog Posts

how the MacKenzie-Douglas line came about

Posted by Jackie Stoddard on April 21, 2019 at 0:00 1 Comment

How the MacKenzie-Douglas line came about

The Daughter of Sir Robert 6th Baronet of…

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Chevalier Douglas - a French-Jacobite spy mystery

Posted by William Douglas on April 11, 2019 at 13:34 0 Comments

Chevalier Douglas, Alexandre-Pierre de Mackensie-Douglas, baron de Kildin, was a Scottish Jacobite in French service He was sent on a secret mission to Russia where he was to meet Empress Elizabeth and conspire with the pro-French faction against the Habsburg monarchy.

He was to be accompanied by a young woman, his 'neice', to provide cover for his…

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Drysdale

Posted by Roger Steves on April 9, 2019 at 16:15 1 Comment

Looking for a connection between the three Douglass, Thomas, William, and James, who in 1503 changed their surname to Drysdale to escape persecution, and James Drysdale, below.

My family tree shows a James Drysdale married to a Christine Curry (no dates) having five children, Henry, George, Janet, Agnes, and James Keith Drysdale. James Keith died 11/11/1917, and was married twice, first to Margaret Browne, then Mary Pearce. From the marriage with Mary Pearce,  they had three children,…

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Douglas gypsies

Posted by William Douglas on March 1, 2019 at 13:30 0 Comments

From time to time, the Douglas gypsy connection is raised.

Best known was Charlie Douglas (best known to me, anyway) who revelled in the title "King of the Gypsies", but there are other families.

Thomas Douglas, Tinker, thief. Resident of. Bannockburn, Stirlingshire was transported to America in…

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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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