Thursday, 6 December 2012
Non-genealogy partners travel for half price.
Monday, 3 December 2012
In this issue:
- Only 4 spots left for 2013
- Highlights from 2012
- Ancestral Tourism - preparing for a genealogy holiday
- Travels of a Taphophile
- Part of Edinburgh Castle belongs to Nova Scotia
Genealogy Tours of Scotland Newsletter Dec 2012
Sunday, 2 December 2012
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
- Learn about what repositories are available, what archival materials they hold, who can access them and what is required to access them (do you need a “readers ticket” or special card? Do you need photo i.d? Do you need to provide passport photos so an i.d. card can be created for you?)
- Learn the hours that the repositories are open, whether an appointment or booking time is required and whether there are fees involved.
- Many archival institutions have their holdings off-site and so it is important that you know this and order ahead so that your time can be well spent and disappointment minimalized.
- Read up on whether you are allowed to photograph the images, scan the images, download or copy the images.
- Take your laptop or tablet as well as a USB
Genealogy Tours of Scotland, takes groups to
A trip to your ancestral homeland is both awe-inspiring and humbling. It provides you with such a deep seated feeling of reverence knowing you stand in the same place where your ancestors walked. The sights, some of the landmarks and the sounds may have changed, but the deep emotion of knowing your great, great anything once stood in the same spot you are now standing in, or worshipped in the same church you are visiting is incomparable. It helps you put the dates, names and places into perspective. It breathes life into the documents. Take the time to plan your trip and you will not be disappointed.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Here is the Table of Contents:
- Starting Your Search
- Scottish Marriages
- Scottish Naming Pattern
- Important Things to Consider
- Cluster Genealogy
- Lord Selkirk Settlers
- Online Sources for Selkirk Genealogy
- Scottish Clans
- Connecting With Others
- Online Resources
- Local Resources
- Not Everything is Online
- Ancestral Tourism
- Preparing for a Genealogy Research Trip
Sunday, 16 September 2012
Saturday, 15 September 2012
Sunday, 26 August 2012
The 10% discount summer sale ends Friday August 31, 2012 at midnight. Book now to take advantage of this discount.
Groups are eligible for a $100 per person discount.
Want to bring along your non-genealogy-minded partner? You can do so at a 50% discount.
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Come with us to Scotland and gain access to records not available online.
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
In the course of accessing these records, I decided to have a look one more time at the Old Parish Registers. What a treasure. Certainly, the information in the OPRs is scant by comparison to the Statutory Records, but they are spectacular to see just as a piece of documented history. I love the old penmanship, even though it can sometimes create a challenge when trying to decipher what it actually says.
However, depending on the registrar, the information can be informative. Here is an example:
This is the registration of the baptism of my gt gt gt grandfather, Walter Haddow, who was christened in 1783!
The Parish Register for December 1783 reads:
Haddow: John Haddow & Mary Creighton Westmuir had their 8th child born 22nd, Bapt 28th Named Walter. James & George Creighton Witnesses.
Baby Walter was the last child born to John & Mary. He married Sibby McLachlan on January 8, 1809:
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
While I would hate to have to transcribe this headstone, I was in awe at the amount of information one could glean from it. The entire obit (or perhaps even eulogy) is contained on this monument!
Over 46,500 people are buried here in the common ground. No headstones, no monument, no testament to their lives. This is where burial records become important research documents.
Friday, 10 August 2012
Monday, 25 June 2012
Both my eldest aunt and my uncle were ready when I arrived with my Flip Pal. My aunt had a box of old photographs of her family and of her siblings. My uncle had taken out his photo albums and was able to share old photos that way.
One of the joys of the Flip Pal is that I could scan the photos at my aunts, load them into my laptop and then share the photos with my uncle when I went to visit him.
Neither aunt nor uncle have computers but both marvel at what can be done with them. My favourite photo from this part of my trip was the look on my aunty's face when she and my uncle saw, for the first time, a photo that my eldest aunt had of my grandfather.
I believe this was taken just prior to my grandfather's marriage to his first wife, Sarah Costello. Sarah died in childbirth with their sixth child.
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
One area I chose to focus my research was on my paternal grandmother's family of origin. My paternal grandmother has always fascinated me. Perhaps because I never really knew her, having been only a toddler when she passed away. Although I have taken the Haddow line back to 1680, I have a deep yearning to know more about Maggie and her family.
Friday, 1 June 2012
So, the next time you are in Edinburgh, be sure to visit the Castle and see Nova Scotia while you are there!
Friday, 25 May 2012
and again as I was filling out the Canada Customs card en route to Toronto
I was aware that I was leaving my paper trail for future generations to discover. By filling out required government documents, I am helping my descendants trace my story 100 years from now. While they may not know the purpose of my visit, they will be aware that I went home for a period of time. Will they be thrilled to find the document? To see my own handwriting? Will they wonder what the purpose was? Will they check the documents against others to see if perhaps I had gone home for a wedding or funeral? Certainly, the documents will add pieces to their puzzle, but will they also add more unanswered questions? Will the documents pique curiosity? One can only hope.