Launches Complete Scotland Census Collection, 1841-1901

Forget Bagpipes and Kilts - Add Cars, Steel, Telephones, Magazines and 'The

Apprentice' to the List of Scotland's Influence on the United States

Apr 12, 2007, 01:00 ET from

    PROVO, Utah, April 12 /PRNewswire/ --, the world's largest
 online resource for family history, today revealed the Scottish ancestral
 roots of five of the biggest names in U.S. business. Trump, Carnegie, Bell,
 Forbes and Buick all hail from Scotland, as researchers discovered from the
 more than 24 million names in the newly completed Scotland Census
 Collection on
     *  Donald Trump: The Donald's mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born in a
        small fishing village on Scotland's Isle of Lewis -- home to
        generations of the MacLeod family.  The 1891 Scotland census captures
        Mary Anne's 24-year-old father, Malcolm, working as a fisherman on that
        island.  In 1930, 18-year-old Mary Anne immigrated through Ellis Island
        to America, where she worked as a "domestic" -- likely a maid -- and
        married Frederick Trump in 1936.
     *  Andrew Carnegie: The 19th-century's "King of Steel" was born in Fife,
        Scotland, in 1836.  The 1841 Scotland census counted young Andrew
        living at his uncle's home; his parents lived a few streets away.
        Just seven years later, Andrew and his parents would immigrate to the
        United States, settling in Pittsburgh, where father and son worked at
        a cotton factory.
     *  Alexander Graham Bell: Celebrated telephone inventor, Alexander Graham
        Bell, was born into a life of comparative luxury -- the 1851 Scotland
        census records reveal that the Bell household in Edinburgh kept two
        house servants.  His father was a "Professor of Elocution & Vocal
        Physiology for the Cure of Stammering."  In the early 1870s, Alexander
        immigrated to Canada with his parents and would later move to the
        United States.
     *  Bertie Charles Forbes: The Forbes journalistic roots began in Scotland,
        before Bertie Forbes immigrated to America.  According to the 1901
        Scotland census, Bertie's father, Robert, was working as a tailor while
        his three older brothers worked for a grocer.  However, 20-year-old
        Bertie had already begun a new family business -- declaring his
        occupation as "Journalist Sub Editor."  Just 16 years later, in 1917,
        he founded "Forbes Magazine," today America's oldest major business
     *  David Dunbar Buick: Buick Motor Company founder, David Dunbar Buick's,
        ancestors built houses, not cars.  The 1851 Scotland census captures
        David's father and grandfather both working as "House Carpenters."
        Three years later David was born, and the family soon immigrated to
        the United States, settling in Detroit.  In May 1903, the Buick Motor
        Company was incorporated.
     "If you look closely at the lives of these men, there's one common and
 uniquely undeniable American thread -- the rags to riches story," said
 Megan Smolenyak, Chief Family Historian for "Each experience
 shows a rise to prominence within just one generation. Yet, the combined
 contributions of these and other Scottish-American entrepreneurs continue
 to change America, from cars to pop culture."
     Almost 5 million Americans who claim Scottish ancestry can now discover
 their Scottish ancestors among the more than 24 million names in the
 complete Scotland Census Collection, 1841-1901, on
     These censuses offer snapshots of history, from names and occupations
 to place of birth and residence, providing insight into the forces that
 shaped the lives of many Scottish ancestors. Interestingly, U.S. passenger
 list records indicate a spike in Scottish immigration during this period,
 making it easier for individuals to trace their ancestors from America's
 shores to Scotland's Highlands.
     The complete Scotland Census Collection adds to's growing
 international census collection, which already includes the only complete
 online collections of fully-indexed and digitized U.S. Federal Censuses
 from 1790 to 1930, England and Wales censuses from 1841 to 1901, and the
 1851, 1901, 1906 and 1911 Canadian census.
     With 24,000 searchable databases and titles, is the No. 1
 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying
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 easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. is part of The Generations Network, Inc., a leading network of
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