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Hi all
Are there any Douglas' living in the North West of England? Simply looking to chat with others and maybe research our history. My immediate family came from Liverpool but I am from Southport.

Regards
Gavin

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Gavin,

I was pondering your question about Douglases in the North West of England, thinking that there were many more in the North East, but when I checked the Phone Book, I found 37 entries in and around Stockport! However, there are no 'Stockport's in my databse, as far as I can see.

So, clearly some work needs to be done here.

Yours aye,

William
Hello William

Many thanks for the reply. To be honest Ive been talking to my father recently about researching our family tree as he believes we are related, albeit distantly, to an important line of the Douglas family. I was simply wondering where to start and came across this website.

Do you have any tips or resources that would help in this venture?

Regards
Gavin

William Douglas said:
Gavin,

I was pondering your question about Douglases in the North West of England, thinking that there were many more in the North East, but when I checked the Phone Book, I found 37 entries in and around Stockport! However, there are no 'Stockport's in my databse, as far as I can see.

So, clearly some work needs to be done here.

Yours aye,

William
The advice usually given into how to research your family tree is to start with yourself, and work back.

Something I waited too long to do, was talk to my grandparents, great aunts, etc.

However, there are two different routes to follow:
a. Get all the evidence, birth certificates, death certificates and death notices/obituaries, marriage certiicates, etc, or
b. Just follow a trail cut by others. Search the web for others who have already done the hard work. (But see below)

Some like to follow a strict son of, son of, son of path. Others like to take the wider view, and learn about brothers, cousins, and even research those who died childless (ie with no descendants).

Start with a paper tree/chart, but consider a low cost database - here is a link to one: http://astore.amazon.co.uk/douglasgenealogy-21/detail/B000MQESHI" target="_blank">Create your own family tree

You can download a couple of charts here>>>

Once you have some details of an ancestor, post the details here - names, dates of birth, marriage, death, etc - and see what other have to offer in the way of connections.

A warning! There is every chance that details you download may be wrong. Yes! Even here in the Douglas Archives! Use what you find as a basis for further research. Many older posts online have since been updated elsewhere, so don't take the first thing you find as gospel - use it to help you research further.

I hope all this helps, and is not a turn-off? It is realyy good fun, and fascinating. There are so many people out there who are willing to help.

Enjoy!

Yours aye,

William
William

Many thanks for the help and advice and no, it does not put me off.

I will keep in touch, probably starting in the New Year though.

regards

Gavin

William Douglas said:
The advice usually given into how to research your family tree is to start with yourself, and work back.

Something I waited too long to do, was talk to my grandparents, great aunts, etc.

However, there are two different routes to follow:
a. Get all the evidence, birth certificates, death certificates and death notices/obituaries, marriage certiicates, etc, or
b. Just follow a trail cut by others. Search the web for others who have already done the hard work. (But see below)

Some like to follow a strict son of, son of, son of path. Others like to take the wider view, and learn about brothers, cousins, and even research those who died childless (ie with no descendants).

Start with a paper tree/chart, but consider a low cost database - here is a link to one: http://astore.amazon.co.uk/douglasgenealogy-21/detail/B000MQESHI" target="_blank">Create your own family tree

You can download a couple of charts here>>>

Once you have some details of an ancestor, post the details here - names, dates of birth, marriage, death, etc - and see what other have to offer in the way of connections.

A warning! There is every chance that details you download may be wrong. Yes! Even here in the Douglas Archives! Use what you find as a basis for further research. Many older posts online have since been updated elsewhere, so don't take the first thing you find as gospel - use it to help you research further.

I hope all this helps, and is not a turn-off? It is realyy good fun, and fascinating. There are so many people out there who are willing to help.

Enjoy!

Yours aye,

William
hi Gavin,
Best of luck in your hunt. If you happen to come across a William (George) Douglas who stole some silver goblets from a John Gamble (somewhere in the North of England) in 1802, PLEEEEEAAASSSSEEE let me know

Cheers
Daryl Douglass
Cairns,
Australia
Gavin,

I have just been doing some research of the Highland Clearances, and took a little diversion into the 'Lowland Clearances'.

I was aware that the Agricultural Revolution had resulted in many thousands of cottars and tenant farmers from the southern counties of Scotland migrating from farms and small holdings they had occupied to the new industrial centres of Glasgow, Edinburgh, etc, as well as to America and Australia. But I was not tuned into the fact that many had also moved to the north of England.

Maybe that is how your family came to the area? And maybe why William (George) Douglas was desparate enough to steal some silver goblets?

Yours aye,

William
Hi

My family moved to Birkenhead on the Wirral but I have only just started to collate information regarding my family tree

Regards
Andy Douglas
Hi Andy, I haven't even started yet to be honest but my immediate family is Liverpool with connections to Wales, Scotland etc...

Gavin

Andy Douglas said:
Hi

My family moved to Birkenhead on the Wirral but I have only just started to collate information regarding my family tree

Regards
Andy Douglas

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Making conections

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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