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I have received this email, and thought that it might be useful to share my response - in the hope that other researchers may be able to add to it.
I am having difficulty knowing where to go to find my ancestor Samuel Douglass. I have traced him to the 1730 immigration from Scotland with his father and son. I can not find where/who in Scotland he descended from.
Can you direct me to where I go on this site to find him?
When I am searching for someone, I like to have all the information, but you have not provided the names for the father or the son. Nor have you provided the name of the ship they travelled on. These are useful clues that you might want to use when searching the Douglas Archives.
Who did the son and the father marry? They may be the subject of research by the other families, and throw up information that cross-references with your research. In my view, too many people work on too narrow a search criteria. Who the father's brother married is of little apparent interest, but if someone else is researching a family, and one of their wives's sisters in your brother's sister-in-law, and and they have already done the work and identified an earlier generation, then that is work that you do not need to do. But, I digress.
There are three main sections to the Douglas Archives, and it is worth searching all of them!
Samuel is a popular name, or was in the 17th - 19th centuries, so searching 'Samuel' will throw up many results. And no doubt you have had a good look for him already. but let's try again.
In the History section, www.douglashistory.co.uk/history , if he is listed he could have a biographical entry. Putting Samuel Douglass in the search box at the top of the page returns almost 100 results - but I cannot see the one we want.
What else do we know about him? Was he in the poorhouse? Was he in the West Indies? Did he own a business? Now search for Samuel+Jamaica (for example, which brings up 10 results) or Samuel+baker (as another example).
There are many 'Lists' in the Douglas Archives. http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/Lists/ If you know something about him, his name may appear in the relevant list. You do not say in your email where he immigrated to, but I assume America, so obvious (to me!) lists include those for 'settlers' and 'emigration'.
Of course, his name could be recorded as Samuel Douglas (one s), so we need to search for both spellings.
This is useful when searching in the Genealogy section, www.douglashistory.co.uk/famgen Here we have 55 results, and some are possibilities being born around the right time. Enter Douglas (not Douglass) and Samuel.
But which one is he? We need additional information. As an ancestor with a son, he almost certainly married, so his wife's name is useful. If we know the names of siblings, this too might help as they may be recorded even if our Samuel is not. There is an Advanced Search option, which allows entry of additional information to narrow the search, perhaps a spouses name.
It could be that we have the name of someone marrying an unknown Douglas, so search using the spouses name as well.
Then there is this section of the Douglas Archives - our Community network. Using the search box (top right on this page) will throw up around nine pages of results for 'Samuel'. Is anyone else working on this line? Together, you might make better progress.
Be active in this section - get yourself noticed so that others may respond to your needs as well.
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