Allison-Antrim Museum 

                                     Greencastle, PA




Ulster-Scots of Cumberland Valley

Gordon Crooks  email         
Crooks is a leading authority on the Ulster-Scots (Scots-Irish), a historian of the Presbyterian denomination, a researcher, and a genealogist.  The vast amount of historical information, which Crooks has contributed, speaks directly to Allison-Antrim Museum's mission statement, relative to serving as an educational resource to enhance the study of local and regional history, pertaining to the cultural development of the Greencastle-Antrim area.  Among  the many organizations in which he holds memberships are the Ulster-Scots Society of America and Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc.

2-DVD Set - Books of Ireland covering both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Searchable electronic books in PDF format.  more


Part 1 Ref  001
The Original Settlers in Franklin County, Pennsylvania
  Ref  001A The Scotch-Irish Epic
Ref  001B The Settlement Story
  Ref  002 For those who are just beginning to search for their ancestors, this will prove helpful.
  Ref  003 This is the Covenant of the people of Scotland who were Presbyterians while their king and many of the notables were of Catholic faith.  . . .
  Ref  003A Laggan Presbytery
Ref  003B 1665 Dongoughmore Parish Money Roll, part of The Laggan Presbytery.
Many of the above mentioned documents are among the first known ones to actually mention names of the inhabitants in the 16-1700's and where they lived. These documents can be used to do what the writer calls a "cluster search" to find your ancestors. IF you know as an example that your ancestors came from Antrim and that you have other family names you can use these documents to locate exactly where they were living.  Example the writer found no less than five family names living in Antrim in 1660 and all living within a two mile radius of one another, they most certainly belonged to the same parish and knew each other. Confirmation of this was in Franklin County where they all settled close to one another and continued to intermarry among the families for the next two generations.
Part 2 Ref   004 Covenanter Martyrs
  Ref  005 "The Hearth Rolls of County Antrim 1660-69" contain about an estimated 95% of the names of the inhabitants living there during that period of time, it lists the names, townland, and parishes"
  Ref  005A 1669 Hearth Money  Rolls for North Antrim
  Ref  006 This document is in book form and has a great many family names and their local history in Antrim.
  Ref  007 The Protestant Householders Rolls of  1741 of Antrim County
  Ref  008 The Muster Roll of the County of Donegal 1630 A.D.
  Ref  009 The Muster Roll of London Derry 1630 and 1663
  Ref  010 Flax Growers of Ireland 1796


A collection of photographs of Ulsterscots and Scots-Irish heritage in Northern Ireland by noted genealogist and researcher Estella Yule Pyror who has granted permission for their use. In this collection of photographs you will see historical points of interests in the various counties of Ulster along with example of early housing used by our ancestors in the 1600-1700's and earlier.