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Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
My great, great great grandfather James Crawford Douglas born December 1842 in Newtonards, Down, Northern Ireland, emigrated to Australia in 1864 with his brother John on the 'Great Britain'.

I am unable to find details of his family but know that his father James Douglas was married to Elizabeth Crawford and lived Douglas Homestead, Ballyhay, County Down.
Who is your earliest known Douglas ancestor?
James Douglas

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At 10:15 on September 13, 2012, William Douglas said…

Welcome to our group, Ann-Marie.

I am not sure if I believe this entry: DOUGLAS, James was born ABT 1880 in Co Down, (son of William Johnston) was in the 1901 census for Ballyhay, Ballycross, County Down, Ireland because I do not understand why he would be called Douglas.

The 1901 census has this:

Residents of a house 65 in Ballyhay (Ballycross, Down)
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Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Johnston William 80 Male Head of Family United Free Church of Scotland
Johnston Isabella 30 Female Daughter United Free Church of Scotland
Mculley Minnie 24 Female Niece United Free Church of Scotland
McGampsey Lavinia 10 Female Niece United Free Church of Scotland
Johnston Lizzie 3 Female Niece United Free Church of Scotland
Douglas Jane 17 Female Daughter Presybterian
Douglas Essie 9 Female Daughter Presybterian
Douglas Maggie 7 Female Daughter Presybterian
Douglas Aggie 13 Female Daughter Presybterian
Douglas Lizzie Ann 23 Female Daughter Presybterian
Douglas Alexander 50 Male Head of Family Presybterian
Douglas James 21 Male Son Presybterian
Douglas John 15 Male Son Presybterian
Douglas Alexander 11 Male Son Presybterian
Douglas Robert P 19 Male Son Presybterian
Douglas Essie 48 Female Wife Presybterian

All the above is of course later than the timescale you are looking at, but I hope it might help.

You refer to 'Douglas Homestead'.  This does not sound correct to me.  Irish homes/farms were not usually named 'Homestead'.

we have an Irish group, which you might consider joining.

Yours aye,



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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