Explore two centuries of Scottish settler records for North America, 1625-1825

01 May 2022
Ancestry's Scottish settler records can help shed light on the lives of Scots who settled in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

'U.S., Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825' comprises 200 years of records for people of Scottish descent who travelled to the United States, Canada or the Caribbean between 1625 and 1825. The records in the collection have been transcribed from a variety of primary sources, including:

  • Passenger manifests
  • Wills and probate records
  • Announcements of birth, marriage, and death from Scottish newspapers
  • Burgess rolls
  • Land grant documents
  • Letters and diaries
  • Tombstone inscriptions

What information can I find about my emigrant ancestors?

The collection contains many records transcribed from different sources and you may be able to find details of your ancestor such as:

  • Person’s name
  • Birth date and birthplace
  • Death date and place of death
  • Arrival and departure dates and name of the ship
  • Residence in the new country

Primary sources in this collection such as letters, diaries, land grants and wills can help you to trace your ancestor's life path in their new country. 


The above collection can be explored by anyone who has an Ancestry subscription. Ancestry regularly offer a free 14-day trial to new users, and many libraries and archives offer their online and on-site customers free institutional access to Ancestry.

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Explore the collection at Ancestry.

With thanks to the Scottish Genealogy Society, who mentioned this new collection in their regular e-newsletter.

QUICK LINK: Scottish emigrants on Vancouver Island 

Scots Overseas Month is produced in association with Highland Titles and
supported by National Records of Scotland and Family Tree.

Image: Steerage Emigrants, from "The Graphic," vol. 1March 19, 1870. After Arthur Boyd Houghton British, born India. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1928. Public domain, open access API, The Met Collection.

Originally published 18 August 2021. Updated May 2022.