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Dougan Family Tree

November 13th, 2011
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Descendants of James Dougan

One of the books in our possession is a self published volume entitled “The Dougans of Cobble Hill”. This was produced by Nathan Dougan or based on his writings and documents in his possession. It has a fairly accurate family tree for Dougans born in Canada and this can be corroborated by census data and such. This book also details the Dougan family farm in Ireland called Ballywillen near Coleraine.

The entire tree descends from a James Dougan, who is not the James Dougan after whom the cemetery is named. Just like there are many Andrew McKays there are many James Dougans. I used Reunion to make a graphic showing several generations of James’s descendants. I don’t have dates of birth for these oldest Dougan ancestors.

I made another post on the genealogy forums looking for more information on this James Dougan, the family farm, and the Dougan family that lived in Northern Ireland for many, many, generations. If anyone has information on this James Dougan leave a comment or send me an email.

Folks keep finding the family trees I posted, but not through Ancestry.ca or any special genealogy forum. Folks seem to find this blog and thus the family trees through Google. I’ve been pretty good about sharing information and adding tidbits others have shared with me.

I haven’t learned much more about Dougans who lived or remain in Ireland, but I did find out a little more about other Irish ancestors.

Here is a photo of the Dougan Homestead, I don’t think this is the original house or even necessarily the one that still stands beside Dougan Lake. The photo came from the Cowichan Valley Museum archives/website. Some of my ancestors have donated to the museum, but despite living in Duncan for many years I’ve never been. My mom is involved with the Union Bay Historical Society and I’ve volunteered at their museum.

Old house on the original Dougan Homestead

5 Comments

  • Karen A McBride says:

    Andrew
    I stumbled across your blog post today and want to thank you for this info on the Dougan family of Ireland and Cobble Hill.
    My 2nd great grandparents are Mary Ann Dougan and James Rutledge. Lots of gaps so this was helpful.

    • Muskie says:

      Good luck with your research. I haven’t added anything in years to the tree, I need to upgrade the software to continue my research. Once you get back to Ireland, it will depend on the local church records.

    • Tami Wren says:

      My great great grandparents are James Rutledge and Mary Ann Dougan. Interesting!

      • Muskie says:

        It was the best family tree ever when I built it. I know people have used it to make their own family tree. It is based off research done by other Dougans, particularly Nathan. I just entered it all into a computer program which I need to pay to upgrade then I could work on it more. But I was always more interested in the old relatives than whatever cousins have been born recently. I know cousins of mine are working on their own version, which would have all the youngsters, but after a certain date you just can’t get records unless your ancestor was famous or owned land, held a title or served as an officer in the military. Good luck with your genealogy research.

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