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Americans and Return Migrants in the 1881 Scottish Census

Tahitia McCabe, Course Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Genealogy, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies has had a research article published in the academic journal ‘Genealogy’.

The research focuses on the high number of Americans evident in the 1881 Scottish census – larger numbers than the French and Germans. The research offers a clearer picture of the Americans and parents of American children in the 1881 Scottish census, including demographic details and some information on their migration events, how long families had been in Scotland and where in Scotland they were living.

General causes of return migration are explored and specific reasons for migrants’, especially coal miners, to return to Scotland are briefly touched upon; covering the economic downturn in America during the mid-1870s and the tensions towards immigrants in the United States during this period.

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