Welcome home Mr Brooks!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Welcome home Mr Brooks! thumbnailAmerican genealogist Mr Colin Brooks, digging for his Scots-Irish roots in Ballymoney recently as well as Maine. WK40-AM-001

AN American genealogist, with Ballymoney roots, has described the crucial role local people played in the first major Ulster-Scots migration to the New World 300 years ago.
Readers may remember recent coverage of preparations to mark the 1718 anniversary of the McGregor Migration to New England, in Aghadowey next year.
Back in 1718 hundreds of immigrants, described as the 'Ulster-Scots Pilgrim Fathers', led by Aghadowey Minister, Rev. James McGregor left these shores to found towns like Londonderry in New Hampshire.
Mr Colin Brooks, who lives in Tampa Florida, said: "I can put more 1718 people in Ballymoney than Aghadowey. Merchant families from Ballymoney provided financial support for many of the 1718 families, with the Greggs and my ancestors the McKeens being specifically mentioned as helping fund passage."
Mr Brooks took a break from the recent family history conference in Portrush to share with The Chronicle his transatlantic perspective on these fascinating events.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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