Welcome to Arborealis.
This website features family and local history studies undertaken by Alison Kilpatrick, whose research extends to counties Armagh, Kerry, Londonderry, Mayo, and Tyrone in Ireland; Clackmannan, Dumfries, and Stirling in Scotland; Glamorgan and Monmouthshire in Wales; and Devon, Dorset, Middlesex, Northampton, Surrey, Sussex, and Wiltshire in England. The intent is to present well documented family trees alongside stories of homeland, emigration, and resettlement. These stories are related by employing a range of techniques including biographical sketches, timelines of local history, maps, transcripts of contemporary news articles, and extracts from civil, church, land, legal, and military records.
The surnames index and list of countries of research
interest make good starting points for browsing this site. Blog articles are used to introduce
related subjects of particular interest to this writer. Whereas
the research sections present data, analyses, and conclusions
based on documentary evidence, blog articles provide an
opportunity to provide commentary, advance hypotheses, and
Research for this family and local history project began in
1999 and is ongoing. The objective to present research findings
on this site and in book form represents a long-term project.
The updates section records
new work published to these webpages. Of course, there are
always family history
mysteries to solve, and research pending.
motif, depicted above, is a stylized photograph of an estate
worker's cottage in Derrykintone townland in the parish of
Aghaloo, county Tyrone. The Earl of Caledon built these cottages
just outside the western gate of the estate in the early 1800s.
Several of the cottages have been refurbished, including the one
depicted. Formerly of Glenarb townland in the same parish, our
third great-grandfather, James Huggins (1775–1860), lived here
during his elder years—with his daughter, Anne Jane (1812–1890),
and her husband, John Rodgers (1809–1913), who worked as herd
for the Earl. Image
© Alison Kilpatrick, 2003.
Please note that this website is in redesign and reconstruction mode, a process which is likely to require a few months to complete.