Are you of Scots Irish descent? Many of the vocal voices of Scots Irish immigrants are from the Southern American States, but an Irish researcher is reaching out to interview descendants of Ulster Presbyterians who stayed in New England. If this sounds like your family tree, then please continue reading!
Roe of Seattle Pacific University sent this message to the Londonderry
Historical Society “For the past ten
years or so, I have been studying present day Scots-Irish, and currently I am
in the midst of a study focused on the Scots-Irish in the New
England/Northeastern states. The Scots-Irish story has been dominated by
Southern voices (like Barry’s), and I am trying to provide a means for learning
about the New England/Northeastern Scots-Irish experience.
study is designed to “listen” to personal and family stories of Scots-Irish. I
am looking for men and women, 18 years of age or older, to participate who are
(1) of Scots-Irish ancestry rooted in the Northeastern U.S., (2) consider
themselves to be Scots-Irish, (3) are interested in their Scots-Irish history
and family stories, and (4) are willing to describe their experiences—to be storytellers
in fine Scots-Irish tradition.
will be responding in writing to a series of questions about their family roots
and their present day activities, opinions and identity as Scots-Irish.
Confidentiality, of course, will be maintained. The entire experience should
take no more than one hour, although all are encouraged to write in as much
detail as possible, so some may decide to spend more than an hour on their
responses. Feedback from past participants indicates that most enjoyed
describing their Scots-Irish roots, and so our expectation is that this study
too will be a motivating and enjoyable experience for all.”
Michael D. Roe, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Dean, School of Psychology, Family, and Community
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA 98119 U.S.A.