18th March 17, 06:18 PM
Hey guys! I'm new here. I've been doing research on Ancestry, trying to find my Celtic roots. My last name is Robinson but I haven't been able to find out for sure if they come from Ireland or Scotland. But I did read on one site that the Robinsons that come from Ireland originally come from Scotland. Does anyone know if that's true? Thanks!
19th March 17, 12:25 AM
Please do not believe everything you read on the web.
The only way for sure to know where your people come from is to do your genealogy. This is a paper chase. You start with your birth certificate - That will give you your parents names, possibly where they were married or maybe even where they were born - You go to that place and find the next piece of paper in the trail.
Without an unbroken paper trail you really have no idea where your people are from. For example, everyone in a town does not have the same name. You can find people with the same name all over the place.
What you have to do is find where your particular people came from. Some people spend a lifetime working on their genealogy. They find it an interesting and fascinating hobby.
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19th March 17, 01:47 PM
DNA test will give you an easy fast idea where your family came from.
I love genealogy but it can be a headache and take years to get anywhere, granted with the internet it is a bit easier. What makes it hard sometimes is the exact reason you can't just say I have a Scottish name so my family must be from Scotland. Names got butchered and often more than once as families moved around. People changed their names looking for a new start or to fit in.
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Originally Posted by Dreadbelly
There are Scottish Robinsons and the name was used in Scotland, recorded in various records, since the early 15th century. There are, as mentioned by the other respondents, numerous spelling variations. There were and are Robinsons in England, especially in the more northern counties. The Robinsons in Ireland are most often found in Ulster (Northern Ireland) and are likely descendants of Scots-Irish immigrants. Even though they are part of the Scots-Irish migration, a lot of people who were counted in that group were from northern England, rather than from across the border in Scotland. The DNA test will help you find out the origins of your family, but the detail will depend on just how much you are willing to spend to get the information. In the final analysis, however, as mentioned, digging into your genealogy is the only way to truly know who your ancestors were.
Originally Posted by blackbear
The problem with using DNA for genealogical searches is the you can only get data back beyond the last time one of your genes mutated. You will have nothing of use after that that since the genes are the same.
And there are no names, language or nationalities attached to genes. All that can be known is that some other people, with the same mutation, can be found in a general part of the world.
People move around the world taking their genes with them but may move to different countries and may change their name, nationality and even learn new languages.
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