The Douglas Archives

A collection of historical and genalogical records

A history of the Douglas family whose Ulster roots are from Lurgan, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland and surrounding Townlands

Two or three years ago, I was given a folder of files made up of the extensive research carried out and transcribed by Mavis Douglas and Jennifer Douglas.

A history of the Douglas family whose Ulster roots are from Lurgan,... has lurked in my archives for me to dip into when responding to queries about Irish ancestry.

It has always been my intention to publish as a book and make it available for researchers to access. However, at around 900 pages, I have never had the resources to do that. Now, I have brought the files together with an index linked to the chapters.

I hope that this will prove useful to the many who are seeking their Irish ancestors, and I am most grateful to Mavis and Jennifer for their contribution to our understanding of the Douglas families in and from Ireland.

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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

Lovely to hear from you, Jenni.

Connecting the Douglas ancestors in Ireland is a struggle for many, and your collection is an invaluable resource.

Yours aye,

William

One of the people referenced in the book is Dr Charles James Douglas, sometime of Tully House, Killeshandra, Cavan, Ireland.

He served as a doctor in the army and was in South Africa. He was also the medical officer on bord a Cunard liner.

Today, my research revealed that he had treated an IRA member who had been severely injured, saving his life.  To bring him to the scene, the IRA told a story to lure him as he might otherwise have declined.  He was, after all, a British soldier, happening to be home on leave.

Charles James Douglas (or C J as he was called)was born on September 23, 1856, in Cootehill, Cavan, Ireland at Freamemount (the home leased by his father).  Charles married Anna Maud Douglas, his cousin, 5 June 1912. He died on December 18, 1943, in Abingdon, Berkshire, at the age of 87.

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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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