Welcome to the Arborealis family and local history studies web site.
The purpose of this site is to present family histories researched by Alison Kilpatrick. This site provides biographical sketches of many individuals who, whether acting alone or in association with others, contributed to historical events (i.e., local history) in England, Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Many of these stories have recurring Themes, which are listed in the sidebar to the right.
Research for this family and local history project began in the year, 2000, and is ongoing. The undertaking to publish research findings to Arborealis is likely to be of several years' duration. If you would like to contribute information, photographs, news clippings, &c., to the family histories presented on this site, please consider getting in touch via the contact page. The Research pending and Family history mysteries pages outline unresolved questions and suggestions for further research.
How to search this web site: Go to Google's general search page (link opens in new window). Into the search box, enter the following:
[the search term or terms that you are interested in finding] site:arborealis.ca
For example, if you want to find pages on the Arborealis web site that include the words, Huggins and Glenarb, input: huggins glenarb site:arborealis.ca
The Arborealis logo is a stylized photograph [© A. Kilpatrick 2003] of one of the estate workers' cottages built in the early 19th century by the Earl of Caledon. The cottages are situtated in Derrykintone townland, just outside the western wall and gate of the Caledon estate, in the parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. About a dozen other cottages have survived, some continuing in derelict condition; to date, a few have been refurbished. Formerly of Glenarb townland, our great-great-great-grandfather, James Huggins (1775-1860) lived in one of these cottages during his elder years. Living with him were his daughter, Anne Jane (1812-1893), and her husband, John Rodgers (1809-1913), who worked as a herd for the laird.