The Douglas Archives

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The Douglas Archives is a mix of historical records and biographies and also a genealogy database with details of 187,500+ 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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We can see succesful outcomes of Google searches, but not the unsuccesful ones.

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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 replied to William Douglas's discussion A history of the Douglas family whose Ulster roots are from Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland and surrounding Townlands in the group Douglas families in Ireland
"Lovely to hear from you, Jenni. Connecting the Douglas ancestors is a struggle for many, and your collection is an invaluable resource. Yours aye, William"
4 hours ago
Jennifer Douglas replied to William Douglas's discussion A history of the Douglas family whose Ulster roots are from Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland and surrounding Townlands in the group Douglas families in Ireland
"Hi Rob Curious what your Douglas connections are in Ireland? Looks like you don't think that our families are connected?  Regards Jenni Douglas"
7 hours ago
Jennifer Douglas replied to William Douglas's discussion A history of the Douglas family whose Ulster roots are from Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland and surrounding Townlands in the group Douglas families in Ireland
"It has certainly been a labour of love for us. We are so grateful for the family in previous generations who have taken care of family documents and pictures for the later family to come.  Jenni and Mavis"
7 hours ago
Jennifer Douglas liked William Douglas's discussion A history of the Douglas family whose Ulster roots are from Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland and surrounding Townlands
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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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Jennifer Douglas left a comment for Tessa Margaret Betts
"Hello Tessa Wonderful to connect with more of our family. Please email me at jennigal923@hotmail.com - I would love to invite you to our tree on ancestry.com Love Jenni"
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Jennifer Douglas and Tessa Margaret Betts are now friends
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William Douglas left a comment for Tessa Margaret Betts
"Welcome to our group, Tessa. You might like to consider joining the Irish group. Remember that the more information you share, the greater the chance that someone will find a connection and so you can grow your knowledge together. Yours aye, William"
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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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Cockpen Douglas and potential links to Edinburgh

Posted by James Izatt on April 1, 2021 at 19:44 9 Comments

William

My apologies at having to sign in again but I was having difficulty with the old e mail address.

You will probably recall some time ago, a debate about the Douglas footprint in Cockpen and adjacent parishes,

My personal interest in this is in Newbattle but having returned to the subject recently I think that I may have some information  which may be of more general interest. From that comes some issues with the research I was doing…

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Clan Douglas Society of North America Newsletter

Posted by William Douglas on February 28, 2021 at 12:06 0 Comments



I have just seen an advanced copy of the CDSNA newsletter - all 86 pages of it!

If you are not on the mailing list, now would be a good moment to join.…

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A Douglas Valentine's Day

Posted by William Douglas on February 13, 2021 at 20:00 0 Comments

The heart has always been important in Scottish history, but nowhere is it more important than in Douglas history.

In 1298 when Lord John Balliol died, his grieving widow, Dervorguilla of Galloway, had his preserved heart placed in an ivory casket which she then carried everywhere with her. When she died, she was laid to rest at Sweetheart Abbey clutching her husband's heart. That's not the only heart-wrenching tale though, Melrose Abbey was so beloved by Robert the Bruce that it was…

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Douglas Corner Cafe closed after 33 years of music making

Posted by William Douglas on January 29, 2021 at 11:38 0 Comments

BREAKING: Longtime Songwriter Hotspot Douglas Corner Closing Permanently - MusicRow.com

Douglas Corner Cafe, a premier Nashville venue that has hosted performances by artists as varied as Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Guy Clark, Kevin Costner, Jon Bon Jovi, and Neil Diamond, closed its doors for good after 33 years. A key destination in the city’s Eighth Avenue South neighborhood, the club has been shuttered since March 15th 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Nashville’s subsequent stay-at-home order.

Douglas Corner owner Mervin Louque, a one-time…

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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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