For those who don't know, Mr. Dobson is one of the major players when it comes to Scottish immigration into North America. The handout contains the following major titles: Contents, Quick Facts, Scottish Emigration, Unlocking Scottish Family History, basic sources (parish registers, civil registration, census); supplementary sources, further reference, and major online resources.
He is better known for the series of Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825 [Genealogical Publishing Coy] and The Scots Overseas; Emigrants and Adventurers From Southern Scotland [self-puplished]. Why are these so brilliant? Let's look at some of the more important sources used:
- Burgh records
- Propinquity Books
- Kirkintilloch Court Book
- Calendar of Treasury Books (London)
- Various parish registers
- Estate papers
- London Guildhall and Record Office
- National Library of Scotland
- Various passenger lists
- Register of the Privy Council of Scotland
- Guildry Books
- State Papers, London
- Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, to but name a few!
Many Americans with Scottish ancestry can be helped in tracing their origins with his publications.