UPDATE – RootsWeb sites (owned by Ancestry.com) are currently unavailable while they resolve some security issues. If and when the sites are restored, we’ll make the links live, until then, we’ve included the links in parentheses.

Ulster-Scot Research (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~crystal/morrison/ulster.htm) is a RootsWeb site for this Northern Ireland research. “The Ulster-Scots or Scotch-Irish (preferably the former) were a hearty people who went to Northern Ireland during the reign of James I and then emigrated to the colonies starting in 1718 to 1750.  It is said that around 250,000* Scottish people from Ulster, Northern Ireland came to the colonies.  There were many reasons why so great a number of people left Northern Ireland for a land in the midst of rebirth, a place of hardship and a place where the unknown overshadowed the known.  Aside from the turmoil of picking up their lives and moving half-way across the globe, the colonies offered them a freedom they would never have experienced in Ireland.  Because of high rents, religious turmoil,  small-pox outbreak, large losses of livestock, lack of hard currency, weak trade, poor crops poor due to bad weather, the Ulster-Scots decided to pick up their lives and move to a new land.”

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