PROVO, Utah, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Ancestry.com, 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 Ancestry.com.
* 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
* 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 Ancestry.com. "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 Ancestry.com.
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 Ancestry.com'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, Ancestry.com is the No. 1
online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997,
Ancestry.com has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying
genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many
easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees.
Ancestry.com is part of The Generations Network, Inc., a leading network of
family-focused interactive properties, including MyFamily.com,
Rootsweb.com, Genealogy.com, and Family Tree Maker. In total, The
Generations Network properties receive 9.6 million unique visitors
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