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The meaning behind the sheild.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Douglas Dec 2, 2011. 2 Replies

Hi everyone.I don't know if this is the appropriate forum to pose such a question but I was wondering if someone can assist in solving a riddle posed to me by my wee daughter.When she saw a shield I…Continue

The Australian Standing Stones - the missing link.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Douglas Apr 30, 2013. 14 Replies

G'Day Folks! I'd like to share with you a story and a cause I've now taken up to right a wrong.Late last month my delightful partner and I toured the New England Region of New South Wales. For me, it…Continue

 

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"Thanks William. Peter Douglas is my cousin and has done a great job researching. He has cracked the enigma that led to this story.  As to which 'Maidenhead' James comes from (if the story is true) is now the mystery to solve. "
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"??? Maidenhead Bay, Wigtonshire, Scotland - just north of Port Logan, "
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A breakthrough!

After many, many years I have finally cracked the case of my mysterious ancestor Edward Douglas - the first Douglas of my family line to arrive in Australia.Edward was the son of James Douglas - the only recorded child to James and his unknown wife. He was born in 1824 Records on ancestry.com suggests that Edward was born in Birmingham. Evidence on this same site suggests he lived in the Warwickshire until the age of 19. It appears that life at that time for him was difficult. At the age of 18…See More
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Wing Commander John Keith DOUGLAS of 467 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force.For a full article about this brave man please go here:…
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Clan Douglas Australia Coat of Arms.

"Thanks Daryl. It is a bit busy I know but I did want to capture as much as I could that relates the two.  The Australian Army Rising Sun badge did initially start off as a representation of a trophy shield baring bayonets but in reality the…"
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Clan Douglas Australia Coat of Arms.

"Looks like a pretty good Coat of Arms, except that the rising sun in the Austalian Army are actually bayonets. Could be a good addition Cheers"
Sep 16

Stonewalling!

Part 2:
Well the info I uncovered yesterday has today been dashed in the form of an email from John Douglas's Great Grand Daughter. This lead I found has proven to be false.
Unfortunately the information I have with me passed down from my mother has proven to be unreliable. And with the limited information I have left which is sketchy to say the least it is rapidly becoming apparent that this is definately no easy task!
With the work I've done thus far I've drawn an absolute blank with Edward and even his father James. But then, I am only relying on information from ancestry.co which in itself seems good but is it good enough?
The search continues.......


Part one:
Tonight, my darling assistant aka my girlfriend suggested I google my Great Grandfather and the name of the ship he sailed to Australia in the mid 19th century.
Well it turns out this tale has more twists than a Shakespearian tragedy and it appears my GGF sailed with one of his brothers... a completely new revelation to me. However I will need to clarify and confirm details with sources but by all intents and purposes it appears I have scored a major breakthrough!
This is the site we have unfolded with remarkable if at times contradictory information. The saga will continue.......
http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A040087b.htm

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A breakthrough!

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 6:24 3 Comments

After many, many years I have finally cracked the case of my mysterious ancestor Edward Douglas - the first Douglas of my family line to arrive in Australia.

Edward was the son of James Douglas - the only recorded child to James and his unknown wife. He was born in 1824 

Records on ancestry.com suggests that Edward was born in Birmingham. Evidence on this same site suggests he lived in the Warwickshire until the age of 19. 

It appears that life at that time for him was…

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The story of three brothers.

Posted on March 25, 2016 at 6:37 0 Comments

Recently I published an article on my wordpress blog to serve as a memorial page to three Australian Douglas brothers tragically killed in action in WWI. 

Sadly I am unable to locate any surviving relatives. 

You can find the page here.

2011 - one year on.

Posted on January 3, 2011 at 17:04 1 Comment

Hello dear reader.

It's hard to believe that my family quest has stretched well over a year already. But here we are 2011 and I'm still no closer to finding the truth over my descendents.

However all is not lost and the search continues.

Throughout the year I was given some small leads; my…

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The early lessons of a search.

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 8:52 8 Comments

Being new to the family research game it's fair to say that I'm rather virginal to the highs and lows of Genealogy.



So on a wing and a prayer I set forth with precious little information passed down from my mother - whom in turn recieved the same information from a long deceased family member.



My family tree is very comprehensive and complete right up to present day from the time we arrived at the great land down under.

Now unlike alot of Australians I'm rather… Continue

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At 9:02 on May 27, 2015, J Ruaidri Douglas said…

My pleasure. Thank you Andrew! :)

At 23:21 on December 14, 2011, William Douglas said…

That's a relief!  I was worried that they would get lost in the system.

William

At 8:53 on May 9, 2011, William Douglas said…

Andrew, I did respond to your email - in the affirmative.

What size of stone(s) are needed?

William

 

At 10:38 on January 26, 2010, William Douglas said…
Andrew,

John Douglas, 1828-1924, Premier of Queensland is documented in the Douglas Archives: http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/famgen/getperson.php?personID=I4315&tree=main

I am not sure if his brother, Edward, is your Edward, though, as it appears he died unmarried.
At 2:45 on January 26, 2010, Francene Thompson said…
i am a bit confused here ,who was a politician, are you talking about HG Douglas. William also confused as it was my gggrandMOTHER not Father, he married Margaret Douglas.I have their sons another Henry Dauntons marriage excerp which i got NSW BDMs, but cannot find anymore imfo his mother was Margaret. Mum had a genealogist go back (years ago) & she said we are of the Black Douglas Clan, which i am trying to find out for younger generation, but we are all of one family somewhere along the line i`d say. Good to hear from someone who could be related & in Aus. Francene
At 23:03 on January 25, 2010, Andrew Douglas said…
.... to be a politician in both the colonies of New South Wales and Queensland. He had a very colourful career and I was quite suprised to find that Port Douglas was named after him. It's a shock to find that a famous Aussie destination is named after a relative!
However... the search continues.
At 23:01 on January 25, 2010, Andrew Douglas said…
Hi Francene
Well so far my direct lineage is completely covered right up to when my Great Great Grandfather Edward migrated to Australia in 1851. And that's where the trail ends.... until last night when with a bit of snooping online I came across a possible breakthrough.
Before I didn't know the names of Edwards brothers. He had two others from what I gathered through the information passed down from my mother. I was intrigued that one of his brothers migrated to Canada around the same time so my search began from there.
It turns out that Edward sailed to Australia with one other brother John Douglas who went on....
At 22:41 on January 25, 2010, Francene Thompson said…
I have been trying to track back to the Douglas side without much luck, as i dont seem to be able to get past GGGrandma Margaret, all i know is her father was supposed to be a Lord. she married a Dr Henry Daunton.
At 22:28 on January 25, 2010, Francene Thompson said…
Hello Andrew, where are you with the Douglas Clan. My GGGrandmother was a Douglas, Regards Francene
At 11:49 on January 25, 2010, William Douglas said…
Welcome aboard, Andrew. I see you have been busy already!

I am just being inquisitive, but where is the coastal scene in one of your photographs?

How far back have you got with your research? Who is your ealiest douglas ancestor?

Yours aye,

William
 
 
 

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The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


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