The Sim Name:
In Scotland the Sim name is found only in the
Fraser Clan. The leader of the Fraser Clan
is Simon Fraser, and the name Simon means "son of Sim." So you can see how
close our family is to the leader of the Fraser Clan. Other spellings of
the name are Sym, Symm, and Sims.
I have been able to trace our family back to 1796.
Tracing it back further will be a little difficult because before then they
depended mostly on church records, and since most of the churches are gone, so
are the records.
Our family starts in the upper highlands of Scotland in
the Elgin area. From there the family moved south in Scotland to the
Glasgow area, around 1872. From Glasgow they emigrated to the United States. Since the men
of the family were
shipbuilders they went where the ships were being built. Most of the
family went straight to Bay City, Michigan, one stayed in Philadelphia.
From Bay City the family went different ways, the girls stayed in Michigan where
they raised families, one son stayed in Michigan, some went to Philadelphia, and
from there we haven't been able to determine. One wound up in the
Baltimore area where family members remain. One went to Ohio, one to
As you travel through this website, you can trace your
part of the family by clicking on your name on the left, then on your parents name, and so
on, or you can start here and start with the earliest know member of the family.
Also be sure to take some side trips to learn more about the area our family came from,
where they worked, etc., by clicking on anything that is brown and underlined.
You can always come back to this page and start over again.