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How our ancestor came to Plymouth, England-a short story….

*This is my first attempt at writing a short story (or a beginning chapter) on one of our ancestors. Please be kind!   With the mist barely risen from the sea, and the sound of the waves hitting the pebbles … Continue reading

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Should I write it?

  I HAVE A GREAT STORY Should I write it? I still remember when the book ROOTS came out, and how it was a massive hit which was then made into a movie. It was the first time, that I … Continue reading

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Using Google Maps for Genealogy

Today I was looking at my collection of old family photographs when it dawned on me that I should see if some of the houses in the photos are still standing. The above photo has been in my possession for … Continue reading

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When you discover something big!

About 4 years ago I made an amazing discovery. I was researching my husband’s family tree and I found out that he was descended from “the” branch of Clanranald that is currently holding the Chieftainship. That, on his paternal side, … Continue reading

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Family Stories Should be Written Down!

When you hear a family story told, remember to write it down. Family stories are very important for many reasons. It keeps family history alive. Most people were illiterate in the distant past. There were no cell phones, cameras, computers or … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surnames Y

Yes, we have no Y names either…. YIN YANG   This, my 2nd last post in the A-Z Challenge is going to be about YIN YANG. (and it’s never Yin AND Yang, by the way, as the words are supposed … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surnames V

No V Surname either! So let’s talk about taking a vacation. Yes, a vacation! Who hasn’t dreamed of travelling to their ancestral home? For me it was Italy and the fact that I still have relatives who live there. Since … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surnames S

S as in SPEED SPEED FAMILY OF FIFE In a previous post I’d mentioned that my husband’s grandmother was the one who got me hooked on genealogy. Her maiden name was SPEED. Her father William Marshall SPEED was killed in … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surnames R

R as in RODGER Our Rodger family connection starts with Margaret RODGER born in 1813 who married James MATTHEW on the 14th of June, 1835 in Longforgan, Perthshire, Scotland. When Margaret married James he was listed as a ploughman in … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge Surnames N

NORMAND As a surname of English, Irish (in Ulster), Scottish and Dutch origin the name was used to denote someone of Scandinavian ancestry or someone from Normandy (northern France). During the Dark Ages Scandinavian Vikings called themselves norðmenn (“men from … Continue reading

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