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February 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Note taking or voice recording?

Imagine if you could listen to your great grandmother tell her life story! She talks about her childhood - where she lived, went to school; about meeting her grandparents; recounting her anecdotes, etc.

Now, fast forward to the next family meet up, and quizing family members about your genealogy quest. The chances are that they will demurr when asked if you can record…

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Added by William Douglas on February 27, 2012 at 11:01 — No Comments

Taz Douglas gets chance in 2012 V8 Supercars campaign

Taz Douglas will graduate from the V8 Development Series to the premier Supercars championship in 2012 after inking a deal with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.



28-year-old Douglas has spent the last four seasons in the tin-top feeder category, taking a best finish of 19th in the 2011 season. The former Victorian Formula Ford champion has also contested…

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Added by William Douglas on February 25, 2012 at 15:01 — No Comments

Antoine and Tyrieshia Douglas fail to make Olympic team

Tyrieshia Douglas (left), of Baltimore, failed to beat 2011 national champion Marlen Esparza on 18th February in the flyweight division at the U.S. women's Olympic boxing trials. It was her sixth bout in as many days, and tiredness may have played a part in her defeat.

Knowing that she is second best in the 112-pound flyweight class in the USA will be small comfort as…

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Added by William Douglas on February 19, 2012 at 18:47 — No Comments

Chambers Summer House and Charles Bridgeman garden

Eighteenth century architect William Chambers' pavilion at Amesbury Abbey was commissioned by the Duchess of Queensbury.  It was constructed of trapped flint arranged in patterns, with deep projecting eaves and unglazed oval windows.

The Duchess was involved in every aspect of its…

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Added by William Douglas on February 19, 2012 at 1:00 — No Comments

Bell - a sept of Clan Douglas?

The Borders family Bell may well descend from a Norman follower of David I who reigned until 1153 and was, by the end of the thirteenth century, well established in Dumfriesshire, Berwickshire and Perthshire.

Although the Bells were a Borders family, there are others of this name who are of Highland origin, and in that case, Bell is held to be a Sept of MacMillan.

Determining which surnames are septs of a clan is one of the prerogatives of the clan chief. Clan Douglas, while an…

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Added by William Douglas on February 18, 2012 at 11:23 — 4 Comments

Harrison Douglas - Master Mariner

Peter and John Douglas have put together a remarkable slideshow recording their grandfather's life.

The presentation on the life of sailing ship owner and sea captain, Harrison Douglas (1857-1919) covers sailing in the Pacific and Tasman during the 1880’s - 1915.…

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Added by William Douglas on February 17, 2012 at 11:11 — No Comments

Bearsden section of Antonine Wall protected

100 years ago to day - in the Glasgow Herald

At a meeting of the Glasgow Archaeological Society last night the acting secretary reported that arrangements had been completed between Mr Douglas of Mains and the First Commissioner of Works, whereby two acres of land, lying to the south of the cemetery at Bearsden and containing a very well preserved section of the Antonine Wall had been placed…

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Added by William Douglas on February 16, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Dust to Dust - the Ohio Douglas community has disappeared.

Located off State Highway 224 east of Ottoville, in Putnam County, Ohio, Douglas was a small community that sat alongside the Indiana Hi Rail Corporation rail line. The school in Douglas closed in 1920, with the store to follow in the 1930s. There was also a coal yard and a grain elevator. But all have now disappeared.

Who was it named after?

Does anyone have any photographs or records?

Added by William Douglas on February 16, 2012 at 13:43 — No Comments

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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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