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4/18/15 6:32 P

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Spelling is one if the problems when you try to teach family names back through the generations.

Simson, Simpson
Johnson, Johnston, Johnstone
Graham, Grahame, Graeme
Stewart, Stuart.
And, obviously, the difference between Mc and Mac.
Just to mention a very few spelling problems.
And the spelling problems multiply as we move from country to country..

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I've found some of my Douglass family. Wm. Dougas born in St. Cyrus, Scotland and parents, John and Catherine (Simson). I didn't know that Simson was a Scottish name. I thought it was just misspelled from Simpson, but found the death cert and it shows Simson.

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I've been looking for the parents for George Arthur, I know their names are John and Barbara. Not sure but Barbara's last name maybe Russell. I wonder if it could have been MacArthur and changed along the way?

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4/27/14 8:56 P

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Please keep us in the loop, though, especially if you find some information!

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Thanks CM & Sally. I too am behind in my correspondence, etc, and am just now getting the info to Sally. No hurry. My time is limited as well. Any help or leads are appreciated. I'm sending Sally the post/info privately. I know this is time-consuming so I don't expect a lot.

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Thank you, Sally - much appreciated.

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4/24/14 12:17 P

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I did send a message to MoiraDoon but I've had a really busy week so far and it doesn't look set to change much before the weekend. I''l have a look over the weekend and see what if anything I can find or suggestions of where to find more info.

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MoiraDoon - I'm sorry I can't help with any of these names.

I hope that perhaps other team members could maybe come through, for you.

Maybe SALLY5577 would be able to give you some ideas.

Edited by: CMFARRELL36 at: 4/23/2014 (20:16)
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4/21/14 11:58 P

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I'm researching my mother's mother's McConnell line. I have a fair amount but I want to draw the line back farther to find out where they came from and if they are related to the Ulster-Scot McConnells.

George McConnell 1725-1788, my immigrant ancestor.
Son of William McConnell 1699-1728, possibly of N. Berwick, Scotland.
and Sarah Carson or Kasson 1703- d. unknown. "A Highlands Lass"
According to family lore, when her husband died in 1728, she and George moved back to the Highlands with her parents. When he was old enough, George was allegedly taken by his grandfather & enrolled at the University of Edinburgh. He was the only child of William & Sarah. I don't know if Sarah remarried or not.

William McConnell 1699-1728 may possibly have been the son of a George McConnell 1673 - d. unknown and unknown 1677 - d. unknown. I don't know where I got that information from (and am not happy with myself for it).

I also have Bell ancestors I'm researching, Miller, Cummins/Cummings/Comins, Seely, & possibly others. I appreciate any ideas or direction anyone can suggest.

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3/16/14 1:10 P

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Happy to help.

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3/15/14 6:01 P

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SALLY - thanks for all that information.
Family History is something that fascinates me, but I fear to start any research, because I reckon it could take over my life.
And I already have too many things jostling for priority.
Please stay in touch here, if you would - I'm going to post this as a sticky topic as we have a significant number of team folk who don't actually live in Scotland as team members.


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3/15/14 5:09 P

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I never noticed this page before. I was a Registrar for Births, Marriages etc until I retired a couple of years ago.
To anyone researching their family tree from abroad if you don't know where they came from then the best place to start is with the National Records Office in Edinburgh. The General Register for Scotland plus other National Records have all been integrated to make all the info available in the same place. They have a web site but it will have a charge for access. They hold all the old Census records, old wills, etc. and the National Map Library has maps of Scotland dating back to 1596 and less detailed ones for earlier. If you live in Scotland as far as I know you can still turn up at GRO and ask for information. For detailed searches you can book a table and someone will assist with your search.
If I can help anyone please mail me.
Happy hunting.

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Within the last 5 years the family has gotten smaller. Both Dad and my sister have both left for a better place. There are no members of my grandfather's family in Kentucky and his son ( my Uncle ) died over a decade ago. Grandfather was my maternal grandfather and MOM died over 2 decades ago. My Uncle and his wife had no children so that is a dead end. Grandfather's brothers an sisters are all in PA and possible Florida but, there is no info or names to follow-up with.

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What a shame that you don't have further info.
Can you ask around family, cousins, extended family? Nice for you to get in touch with more local family too!

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I really wish I knew just which part of Scotland he was from. I know that one brother was a priest and last I heard he was in Canada. He worked in a steel mill before coming state side and located in PA before moving to Kentucky where he also worked in a steel mill. Someone did start a fam.-tree, but has since died and I am not aware of what happened to her work.

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Goodlandgal3 - where are you? Are you looking for more info about either of your parents?

Lifenprogress - you gave some good surnames! Have you ever managed to visit and spend time in Perthshire or elsewhere?

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IslandNester - I think you were wondering about a Gordon connection. Can you provide any info like names, where and when?

Michele - where did Grandfather McGivern come from? I personally don't think I know anyone with that surname, but it's not totally uncommon.

For myself, I know I have "family" in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, ireland, and my Mum had cousins in South Africa.
Some surnames in my family: Killeen, Bailey, Lang, Napier, Lauder, Vallance.
For the latter 4, some forenames are: Sir Harry, William (and all its derivatives), Thomas (ditto).
I should really try the teams local to other countries and states, myself!


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Hi there!

Are you into genealogy, family trees, family history?
Do you come from Scotland, but now live elsewhere?
Would you like to know more about your roots, no matter where you live now?
Would you like to know more about a particular area in Scotland?
Do you have favourite recipes for local produce? or can you actually buy local produce?

I'm sure that, with all the members in this team, we could help each other to some extent.
If you have a question, please try here and we'll see what turns up.

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