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When I began my genealogy research, I began with the Dysarts, as that is my maiden name. I have found a great deal of information about my background, thanks first to David Roper, from whom I got the initial GEDCOM file on the Dysarts. Then I began researching, largely through the Internet, and found many additional Dysart descendants, cousins from Scotland to California to Oklahoma to North Carolina and other states.

The Dysarts apparently originated in Scotland. There is an area in Scotland named Dysart. Sometime before 1700 the Dysarts migrated to Ireland. Then my branch of the Dysarts came to the US from Ireland sometime between 1727 when James Dysart, who was born in Londonderry, Ulster, Northern Ireland, and 1747 when he married Margaret Young Stewart, a 16 year old from Redford, TN. The marriage was at Cowan's Ford, Mecklenburg, NC. All five of their children were born in Tennessee or North Carolina. I would welcome any information you may have on the Dysart family and history.

The Dysarts, perhaps not all descended from the same forefather, are now spread out all over the United States. It's been fun connecting with distant cousins and finding our "roots."


Dysart crest

The Dysart Family Crest


Pages of Dysarts and Dysart Descendants

All of these Dysarts may not be in my family tree, but many of them are.

Carol Dysart Tapp Jack Dysart
Joe Dysart Tim Dysart
Richard A. Dysart Ted Dysart
Dave Roper Aidan C. Dysart

If you are a Dysart or a Dysart descendant and have a home page that should be referenced here, please send me e-mail and give me the URL.

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Other Dysart Pages

My Grand-dad's Autobiography

For an interesting account of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, read this short essay.

My Family Tree Maker Genealogy Page John Dysart
Descendants of Col. James Dysart Descendants of Col. James Dysart, II
Dysart Castle in Ireland Samuel Dysart

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Dysart Scottish Background and Clan

My brother, David Lawrence Dysart, did some research and discovered that the Dysarts originated in Scotland (which many of you already know). According to information he was able to discover, the Dysarts are members of the clan MacDuff. My brother (before his death in August of 1998) went every year to the Highland games at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. He had all the paraphernalia of the MacDuff clan, including the tam, the kilts, etc. The clan has many beautiful tartans. One of them is shown here.

According to another of the on the Internet, Dysart is one of the surnames in the clan MacDuff so my brother's information was correct.

The Clan MacDuff history is very interesting.

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Download Files

To save disk space and file transfer time, I have "zipped" these files. They will need to be "unzipped" before they are imported into your genealogy software. If you are unfamiliar with zipping and unzipping files, visit here for information on what a zip file is and how to handle it. There are several free utilities for unzipping files. Go here for 7Zip and download and install the file. One of the most popular software packages for this is Winzip, but it costs about $30 (in my opinion, well worth it). It can be gotten here.

Family Tree Maker

To download the genealogy files, go to BellSouth and download the file you want to use. The FTW file can be used with Family Tree Maker Software (after it is unzipped). The GED file can be used with any genealogy software that can read GEDCOM files (after it is unzipped). There will be two sets of Dysart files, because I am trying to tie the smaller one that starts with Abraham Able Dysart to my line of Dysarts.


After you download one of these files, check to see if your ancestors are in it. If you can fill in any additional information, please send me e-mail at

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Mailing Lists & Genealogy Forums

There is a mailing list for exchange of information on the Dysart surname and variations (e.g., Dysert, Diesert, Disart).

To subscribe, send e-mail to:

In the message field of your mail enter subscribe. (This is for the "digested" version, which means that several postings made to DYSART will be consolidated together and sent to you as a single large message.) Mailing address for postings (information you want to send to the list) is:

The following genealogy forum allows you to post information and/or ask questions about the Dysart family:

Dysart Family Genealogy Forum

This is a link to another board:

Surname Web Dysart Board

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