If you are interested in more information on Sinclair genealogy and history, there is a wealth of information available to you. Here are materials and references that will be of great assistance to you in learning more about your ancestry.
- The Sinclair Discussion List. The Sinclair E-Mail List is a list of subscribers with a common interest in Sinclair history and genealogy. Subscribers of the list may post a message to the list which is then forwarded by the list manager software to all other members of the list. It is an opportunity for you to learn about Sinclairs, St. Clairs, and Sinklers throughout history; ask questions about your family's ancestry; trace your genealogical roots; and otherwise take part in an ongoing - and engaging - email discussion of the Sinclair family. Original members of the e-mail list include Pete Cummings, Official Genealogist for Clan Sinclair USA, and David Sinclair Bouschor, current President of Clan Sinclair USA. Why not subscribe to the list and see what you can learn - and how you can contribute to the lively discussion!
- Clan Sinclair Web Site. The more or less official web site for Clan Sinclair USA at http://www.mids.org/sinclair/ has a wealth of information. Maintained by John Sinclair Quarterman, who also serves as administrator for the Sinclair E-Mail List, it is a great resource for those looking for more Sinclair family information on the world wide web.
- Peter Sinclair of Chatham, North Carolina. Karen Matheson's research on Peter Sinclair of Chatham, North Carolina, his father David Sinclair of Virginia, and their descendants who lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Illinois, Tennessee and Texas is available directly from the author. This book is footnoted, 80 pages, soft cover. Please contact Karen via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to order your copy.
- "The History of the Sinclair Family in Europe and America for Eleven Hundred Years", Leonard Allison Morrison. Originally published in 1896, this definitive study of the Sinclair family was recommended to me by Larry Sinclair, past Commissioner of Clan Sinclair for the New England states. Many years out of print, this 453 page study may be obtained from:Higginson's has to print out a new copy of the book from a master for each order so it takes 10-12 weeks for an order to be filled. The hard bound edition is $78.50; soft bound copies are $68.50. Higginson's specializes in hard to find genealogical materials and local histories.
Higginson Book Company
148 Washington Street
Post Office 778
Salem, MA 01970
- Jean Grigsby is a virtual human library of information on the Sinclair family in the United States. Jean has devoted 35 years to tracing and documenting the Sinclairs who have come to North America. She has numerous works in print on many branches of the Sinclairs. Jean has had heart problems in recent years and so her active research has diminished. Here is a list of the works currently available from Jean:
- SINKLER-SINCLAIR-ST.CLAIR, A Family History, Vol. 1 Copyright 1988; hard bound royal blue with gold embossed lettering; 554 pages; every name index;(Descendants of ALEXANDER SINKLER/SINCLAIR of Stafford County, VA who came to America in 1698.) $48.00 plus $3.00 shipping.
- SINKLER-SINCLAIR-ST.CLAIR CENSUS RECORDS; 1993; Royal blue soft cover with gold lettering; approximately 388 pages. Covers twenty states from Virginia westward. Census records from 1790 through 1850 and in some states 1860 & 1870. With author's notes. $40.00 plus $3.00 shipping.
- SINKLER-SINCLAIR-ST.CLAIR UPDATE1994; Contains ship and naturalization records and their sources; Family updates; Marriages;addendum to CENSUS BOOK; notes to add to the CENSUS BOOK; 1870 Census for Missouri; wills for 9 additional Sinclairs not in 1992 issue. New Military Records; BEAN/SINCLAIR EXPEDITION by Lynne Sinclair. Bound. $20.00 plus $2.00 shipping.
- SINKLER-SINCLAIR-ST.CLAIR UPDATE 1995; Updated families from previous issues; new families; 1850 Ohio Census; Ohio Marriages; Ohio Military Records; Ohio Wills and death records. Soft Cover. $20.00 plus $2.00 shipping.
- SINKLER-SINCLAIR-ST.CLAIR UPDATE 1996; Contains 20 new wills not previously published. Peter and John Sinclair court records of Chatham and Anson Counties, North Carolina (Family #10); Cole Cemetery Records (Family #20); John Sinclair's Missouri 1803 Land Claim (Family #1); 1860 Ohio census; 1850 Wisconsin census; Military records not previously published. Soft cover; 139 pages. $20.00 plus $2.00 shipping.
- SINKLER-SINCLAIR-ST.CLAIR UPDATE 1997; Soft cover, approx. 100 pages. Contains the complete inventory of the author's unpublished works and the library where her archives will be preserved; contains an update on every family in the 1990, 1991, & 1992 quarterlies which are no longer available. $20.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Allow 2-4 weeks for shipping.
- SINKLER-SINCLAIR-ST.CLAIR ARCHIVES: WILLS AND ESTATES; 1997. Soft cover,royal blue with gold lettering; approximately 150+ pages. Will be available September 1st. $25.00 plus $2.00 shipping.
- SINKLER-SINCLAIR-ST.CLAIR ARCHIVES: MARRIAGES AND SHIP RECORDS; 1997. Marriages alphabetized by given name, county, and state in which the marriage took place. Approximately 100 pages;soft cover, royal blue with gold lettering. Will be available September 15th. $25.00 plus $2.00 shipping.
When ordering from Jean, make all checks/money orders payable to "Jean Grigsby". She requests that you not send cash. Orders or mail for Jean can be sent to:Jean GrigsbyJean can also be contacted via e-mail at JGrigsby@bcni.net.
Beeville, TX 78104 USA
- H. S. "Pete" Cummings, Jr., is official genealogist for Clan Sinclair USA and has written dozens of useful books, pamphlets, and compilations which are invaluable in tracing your family heritage. Pete has two types of materials available: (1) works which he has researched and authored; and (2) an assortment of genealogical and historical publications which he maintains in the Clan Sinclair library. What follows is a sample of these wonderful resources, all of which are available directly from Pete at the post office box noted at the end of this list. Pete has other materials as well. You may contact him via e-mail at Henry1398@aol.com for questions about this list of materials or if you are looking for other information about Sinclair genealogy or history.
Publications for sale, written by Pete. Please add $1.00 to the cost of the publication for shipping and handling.
"Descendants of George Sinclair, 4th Earl of Caithness, for Ten Generations". Here's a source for finding the linkage between your Sinclair ancestor and the ancient Earls of Caithness, Rosslyn, and Orkney. It presents all known descendants of George Sinclair, 4th Earl of Caithness for ten generations, or births from 1540 to about 1850. 95 pages in soft bound cover. $10.00.
"John Sinclair of Exeter, Immigrant" (1996). Describes events leading to his immigration to America, his children, a four generation chart of descendants, listing by generation of all known descendants, twenty generations of ancestors of John. 69 pages. $20.00.
"Sinclair's Expedition of America" (1996). Provides a complete description of Prince Henry Sinclair's family background, preparations for his 1398 voyage to the New World, reasons for making the expedition, inland excursions in Nova Scotia and New England, proofs, and relationship to Columbus. 22 pages. $10.00.
Publications in the Clan Library maintained by Pete. Copies of up to 50 pages may be ordered at a price of $.50 per page plus $3 for shipping and handling.
"John Sinclair of Exeter, NH, and his Descendants" (1992). Explanation of the circumstances surrounding John Sinclair's (1612-1700) immigration to America in 1651. Genealogical descendancy charts show the lines of most Clan Sinclair members with John Sinclair. Also includes his Line Chart back to 650 AD. (10 pages to photocopy). File #107.
"Sinclair Families in America", by Loeschnor & Cummings, 1990. This book is out of print and not available for sale. This book is 174 pages, and it includes the Family Trees of nearly 100 members of Clan Sinclair.
"Sinclair Immigrants and Before" (1992) from 'Notes of the Sinclair Genealogist.' Lists all known Sinclair immigrants together with an ancient Family Line Chart (4 pages to photocopy). File #149.
"New World Immigrants", Volume 1, 1979, by Michael Tepper. Tells of the Battle of Worcester and the passenger list of the "John & Sara", all with reference to John Sinclair (1612-1700) Immigrant. (9 pages to photocopy). File #46.
"Scotch Prisoners Deported to New England by Cromwell in 1651-52", published by the Massachusetts Historical Society in Oct 1927. Describes the Battles of Dunbar and Worcester, and the Scottish prisoners on the "John & Sara", including their destinations in America. (28 pages to photocopy). File #39.
"Account of the Sinclair Family of Kinneary House, Armagh, Northern Ireland", pedigree from 1750 to 1946. (8 pages to photocopy). File #76.
"Genealogie of the Saint-Clairs of Rosslyn", 1735, by Father Richard A. Hay. Large book. (35 selected pages to photocopy). File #14.
"Saint-Clairs of the Isles", 1898, by Roland W. Saint-Clair. Complete book of 558 pages. Includes excellent genealogical data for all branches of the Sinclair family from ancient times to the 1800's. File #11. NOTE: Copy quality is poor.
"The Scots Peerage, founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Volume VII edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, 1910. Section on Sinclair pp 50-53, 146-147, 156-158, 334-592, and 576-577. (35 pages to photocopy). Ref #6.
"Sinclair Family of Virginia", 1964, by Jefferson Sinclair Seldon, Jr. Descendants of Henry Sinclair, born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and immigrated to Virginia in the 1700's. (387 pages to photocopy). File #77.
"Sinclairs of Roslin, Caithness, & Goshen", by Andrew Sinclair, 1901. Descendants of Alexander Sinclair, John Ur Sinclair, & George Sinclair. (23 pages to photocopy). File #96.
Ordering: Send your order for any of the above directly to Pete at his post office box below. You may send Pete an e-mail note if you have questions on the availability or pricing on any of the items above:Pete is helping to publicize and advance a planned 1998 expedition recreating Prince Henry Sinclair's Voyage to Nova Scotia and Massachusetts in 1398, a century before Columbus set foot in the New World. The expedition is expected to be the subject of a television documentary and you will enjoy learning about this fascinating subject at the 600th Celebration Web Site.
PO Box 158
Worcester, MA 01613
- The following materials were recommended to me by Vivienne S. Dunstan of Cupar, Fife, Scotland, who has a great interest in history and genealogy. Vivienne maintains a home page with many genealogy links of interest at http://www.almac.co.uk/personal/vdunstan/.Title: Scottish family histories
Author: Ferguson, Joan P. S., Joan Primrose Scott
2nd ed., compiled by Joan P.S. Ferguson assisted by Dennis Smith and Peter Wellburn
Imprint: Edinburgh: National Library of Scotland, 1986
Notes: Previous ed.: published as Scottish family histories held in Scottish libraries. Edinburgh: Scottish Central Library, 1960
Other entries: Smith, Dennis, 1945 Mar. 7
Wellburn, Peter, 1944-
Ferguson, Joan P. S., Joan Primrose Scott. Scottish family histories held in Scottish libraries
Title: Scottish family history: a guide to works of reference on the history and genealogy of Scottish families: [Preceded by] an essay on how to write the history of a family; by Sir James Balfour Paul
Author: Stuart, Margaret
Imprint: Edinburgh; London: Oliver & Boyd, 1930 386p
Other entries: Paul, Sir, James Balfour
Title: The sword and the grail / Andrew Sinclair.
Author: Sinclair, Andrew.
Imprint: London : Arrow, 1994, c1993.
Pagination: vii, 249 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Note: Originally published: London : Century, 1993.
Subject: Templars (Order of chivalry)
The author concentrates in particular on Henry Sinclair's (1st Earl of Orkney, possibly sailed to North America nearly 100 years before Columbus) journey in the 14th century to the Americas and the family's connections with the Templars and Masons (they were hereditary Grand Masons of Scotland).
Title: The Scots peerage: founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's 'Peerage of Scotland: containing an historical and geneaological account of the nobility of that Kingdom; edited by Sir James Balfour Paul
Imprint: Edinburgh: D. Douglas, 1904-14 9 v
Other entries: Paul, Sir, James Balfour Wood, John Philip Douglas, Sir, Robert. Peerage of Scotland Peerage of Scotland. See Douglas, Sir Robert. Peerage of Scotland
Title: A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage of the British Empire... 3rd ed(1830)-
Author: Burke, John
Imprint: London, Colburn and Bentley, 1830-
Notes: Spine title: Burke's peerage and baronetage (1830-1864); Burke's peerage, baronetage and knightage (1899-)
Other entries: Burke's peerage