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Family History has for some of us a different, less formal connotation than Genealogy, which has all of the ear marks of a science and thus is more like homework or a school assignment. But whatever you call it, tracing your roots, finding our where you came from, is a fascinating occupation.
Some times the push and pull of every day life distract me, and I forget how enticing is the call of my ancestors. I even like other peoples’ ancestors.
A few weeks ago, I was out for dinner with friends and we engaged in conversation with the table next to us. The gentleman was very proud of his Scottish heritage. His mother knew for a fact that he was descended from Black Douglas. His name was also Stewart Douglas that had other connotations for me since I have Stewarts of Galloway in my lineage. Then, too, Castle Douglas is near where my cousins reside (Dalbeattie, Gatehouse). Anyhow when I got home, I researched Black Douglas. It was fascinating to know that James Douglas was one of Robert the Bruce’s Lieutenants. His was one of the signatures on the Declaration of Arbroath, the declaration of Scottish Independence on April 6, 1320. Black Douglas also carried Robert The Bruce’s Heart to the Moorish Holy Wars. He died during that trip. I could hardly wait to run into Stewart Douglas again and give him all the information I had gathered.
Another time my friend, Carol and I were out to lunch at the Country Club when we spotted a woman with a tartan scarf. We debated what the Tartan was, and Carol was brave enough to go and ask. It was Stewart of Appin. While she didn’t really know too much about her family, her husband was Nicholson from the Isle of Skye and very well versed in family history. Even down to the tidbit that it was a Nicholson who rowed Bonnie Prince Charlie in the boat as he was leaving Scotland (personally there are some of our MacInnes who thing that was one of theirs). Nevertheless it was grist for another bout of research. It does help to always carry the Concise History of Scotland in your purse!
Last night I met a family of Irish extraction who weren’t really clear on where they came from exactly (after all there are thirty-two counties to choose from!) but what was great about their story was the lilies. It seems that they were in possession of some lilies that have traveled through time for at least 100 years, being planted and replanted in each succeeding new homestead. Of course, the topic came into the conversation because a late spring frost was expected and the lilies required some attention to keep them safe. But what a great nod to their ancestors, a bit of living history!
Anyhow, if you are stuck or if you have no idea where to begin, we will be happy to help. We charge $25.00 to get started, and that is primarily to get the records. We can continue in increments as long as you would like us to and as long as there is recorded history. We will not take your money unnecessarily. A written record of our search will be sent to you along with any documentation that we acquire. Since we make frequent trips to Scotland and Ireland, we do research into churches and other archival data on scene as well as online data.
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