Outline for Presenting the Families
I used a repeating formula for presenting the families, as follows

Date of arrival to America or, if known, to the settlement. I also included the travel route and transportation details if these were known.

County where the family settled. Families arriving in the settlement after a long difficult journey stayed with relatives or friends until they could make it on their own.

Pioneering families; the immigrants. Their birth and death dates and children.

Surname spelling variations.

Family genealogists who helped with the book. Not all families had a member interested in genealogy, but where they were available they proved to be wonderful. I could not have written this book without their collective help.

Neighbors (taken from census records and plats). The Scottish settlement families clustered together, so plat maps are very useful. Unfortunately, only the maps from the late 1800's have survived.

Intermarriages. Here is proof that we are all cousins!

Religion. The presented many of the major Christian religions of the time, including Presbyterian (Church of Scotland), Baptist, Methodist, Swedenborgian, and Congregationalist.

Affiliations (political, social, educational, etc.):

Occupation: Most were farmers; some weavers, others shop keepers and store owners. The young ones worked on neighboring farms as laborers and house maids.

Land Ownership: Some pioneers purchased original land patents from the federal government. Most of sales are dated in the late 1820's or during the 1830's. I did a search for surnames and listed everyone with that last name even when I suspected they were not related to the Scotch Settlement pioneers. I did this in case these land owners do turn out to be related. The emigration pattern moved north and west from Detroit as roads were established. Wayne and Oakland County pioneers were the first to settle and may be related with our Scottish families.

Letters and documents. A few of the families left extensive documents that proved very useful in the creation of this book. Letters were preserved in some families. The historical societies also saved newsletters and family trees that richly added to the documentation available

. Family Origins. Historical overview of the clan.

Family Tree. This included the parents of the pioneers when available.

Naturalization Records, if any. Not everyone registered for citizenship. Some went through the initial steps but did not follow through.

Photos. when available.

Research Problems: Unresolved issues, questions, ideas for future research.

Family crests, Coat of arms: Most families in the Scottish Settlement were from southwestern Scotland in the counties of Ayrshire and Renfrewshire. Clans, with their tartans and family crests were from the highlands. Lowland families did not have designated clans, although over time the word "clan" became associated with lowland names; crests and coats of arms were then added. Families may have more than one crest or coat of arms, so the ones described here may not necessarily fit historically.