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July 2012 Blog Posts (6)

Edward Douglas 1927 - 2012

Edward J. Douglas, (Dlugosz) 85, passed away after a long illness at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center on his birthday, July 20, 2012. 

There is a wonderful photograph album, of which this photo is just one, attached to his obituary. It would be nice to know who all the family members are, but sadly they are not captioned. But worth …

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Added by William Douglas on July 30, 2012 at 11:44 — No Comments

Five Olympic Torch-bearers get the 2012 Games Started

Millions of people from around the world watched the 2014 Olymoic Opening ceremony.

The highlight came when the torch was carried into the arena, and the flame was lit.

Five of the torches carried around Britain were borne by Douglases.

Peggy Douglas, 56, of Plymouth carryied the Flame through Brixton on 20 May 2012

Peggy's proposer said "Ever since my eldest brother was born with a disability 28 years ago, my mum has run a very successful and…

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Added by William Douglas on July 29, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Herb Douglas, Oldest Living African-American Olympic Medalist

When London last hosted the Olympic games, in the summer of 1948, the Cold War had begun, President Harry S. Truman had just put an end to racial segregation in the United States Armed Forces, and 26-year-old track star Herb Douglas was a long jump away from bringing home bronze.

He did, jumping 297 inches, or 24' 9", to win the third-place medal.

On the eve of this year's London Olympic games, Douglas, who is now the oldest living African-American Olympic medalist at age 90,…

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Added by William Douglas on July 19, 2012 at 1:30 — No Comments

Footballer Douglas is no Douglas!

Newcastle Football Club is awaiting a response from FC Twente after tabling a bid for Brazil-born defender Douglas.

Douglas Franco Teixeira (born 12 January 1988), simply known as Douglas, is a Brazilian-born Dutch professional footballer who currently plays for FC Twente in the Netherlands.

So - not a member of the clan!

Added by William Douglas on July 18, 2012 at 12:45 — No Comments

The manuscripts of His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry (1897)

There are at least four volumes of the Drumlanrig Manuscripts available to download.

I have only just stumbled across these, so have yet to study them, but they appear to include valuable charters covering the Douglases rights to lands and titles, so this looks like work for the longer term.

Here are two of them:

1897 volume: …

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Added by William Douglas on July 7, 2012 at 8:42 — No Comments

The two Stephen Van Rensselaer Douglases

Stephen Van Rensselaer III (November 1, 1764 – January 26, 1839) was the 10th richest American of all time. If I have the right generation, he was the "Good Patroon" and one of the founders of Stephentown, which was named after himself.

It is of interest, therefore, that two Douglas children were given the name Stephen Van Rensselaer. But what is the connection?

* Stephen Van Rensselaer Douglas b. March 24, 1790, in Albany and who married Caroline H. Whitehead was the 9th child…

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Added by William Douglas on July 1, 2012 at 19:12 — 2 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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