Derrykintone cottage parish of Aghaloo county TyroneWelcome 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 express opinion.

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.

The Arborealis 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.