Hi William. Thank you. I have a couple of key suggestions for a structure to this area of research, but first, did you know Robert Burns nearly ended up in the Americas as an overseer on one of the (many) slave plantations? He was about to head for the colonies when some of his writing finally began to make money/gain recognition. Billy Kay told us this in 2004 when my husband and I visited with him in Dundee. Actually, FREDERICK DOUGLASS was NOT a Douglas. His real surname was BAILEY. He chose the new name from a book or something. So it really doesn't connect him with Douglas history as such. Just to clarify, as my family is Douglas through family history, and connected to white Douglases who were slaveholders. As a slavery descendant myself, I strongly suggest we use the terms "Scottish-surnamed Afrodescendants of the Americas" This includes the USA, but does not restrict the focus to only the USA. We're talking about EVERY part of the Americas (and a couple parts of Africa) where the Scots & British imposed enslavement and trafficking in Africans. Thanks very much. - Marian
Thank you for correcting the record on my Alexander. Don't want to perpetuate misinformation! BTW, DNA testing of a Douglass cousin has confirmed his descent from the Earls of Morton line. So that's exciting news, just not much in the way of answers. Thanks again,
I have worked on this line for many years, and have not been able to find the origin of James. There are several other researchers working on this line, so am surprised that noone has ever shared their information. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the creation of such a wonderful website. You have done a fantastic job. Mary Nelle
Thanks for starting this site, as well as the original Douglas Archives. I was going to post my photos of Sir Howard and Sir Charles that I attached to their Wikipedia articles, but then I saw you already had.
Yes, that's my Alexander. However, we now know that he was NOT the son of Robert Mackenzie-Douglas of Glenbervie, as reported by genealogist Elizabeth Leach Rixford back in the 1930's. (You and I have communicated about this on other message boards.) Alexander's parents were Robert Douglass and Jane Hunter who emigrated to the U.S. abt. 1818 (from Ireland?) and then went north to Quebec. We are stuck on Robert, haven't been able to determine his lineage. Any ideas are greatly appreciated! Thanks,
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?