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William Douglas's Blog – March 2012 Archive (9)

Reference books for Douglas genealogy

I have just acquired a copy of Charles Henry Douglas's 'A Collection of Family records, with Biographical Sketches and other memoranda of various families and individuals bearing the name DOUGLAS, or allied families of that name,' published in 1879.

Can anyone tell how accurate they think the book is?…


Added by William Douglas on March 28, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

United States Passport Photos

Need photos of your American grandparents or great-grandparents? A great source of 20th century photos is the U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 database from  It is not going to work for everyone but if your ancestors lived in the United States and either immigrated in the 20th century or had the means to travel abroad you just may be in luck.

United States Passport…


Added by William Douglas on March 27, 2012 at 18:20 — No Comments

William Douglas was insane - sentenced to be kept in prison all the days of his life

7 September 1795 - The Scots Magazine.

The Circuit Court of Justiciary was opened at Dumfries on Monday last, by the Right Hon. Lord Justice Clerk and Lord Craig.

The Court, at nine o'clock on Tuesday morning, proceeded to the trial …


Added by William Douglas on March 12, 2012 at 12:10 — No Comments

The Appin Murder - who was Mr Douglas?

The Appin Murder is one of the most famous in Scottish history. In the aftermath of the ’45 Rebellion, lands which had belonged to Jacobite clans were taken over by the government and parcelled-out to supporters of the victorious House of Hanover.

One of these was Colin Roy Campbell of Glenure. Colin Roy (who came to be known as the “Red Fox”) had served in the Earl of Loudoun’s regiment during the Rebellion. He was subsequently made factor over certain lands of Appin, which had…


Added by William Douglas on March 10, 2012 at 19:18 — 1 Comment

Married women's names - Scotland 1635

In The Journal of Sir William Brereton of Handforth, Cheshire, wirtten in 1635, it states:

Wee lodged in Glasgoaw in Mr. David Weymes house : his wifes 
name is Margrett Cambell (the wives in Scottland never change butt 
allwayes retaine their owne names) noe stabling hereunto belonging 

I have not seen this reference to married women's names before.  How true is this?

Added by William Douglas on March 8, 2012 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Names and Nicknames

Names may have a number of variants, for example, Stephen and Steven can be Steve, Stephan or Steffan; Terry, Terrance, Terrence, Terence. Hannah or Hanna could be Ann, Annie, Nana or Nanny.

Many nicknames are used as given names, for example, Jack as a nickname for John and Jack as a given name in its own right; Harry as a nickname for Henry and Harry as an independent given name.

I have just found a useful list of names and their associated…


Added by William Douglas on March 8, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Clan Douglas Gathering in 2014?

Should there be a Clan Douglas Gathering in 2014?

EventScotland has announced the early details of the funding opportunities to create Scotland's Homecoming celebrations in 2014. This announcement was made at the Scottish Tourism Week conference and included plans to make £3 Million available to support a wide range of Homecoming 2014 events.

The Homecoming…


Added by William Douglas on March 8, 2012 at 10:30 — 3 Comments

Douglass for abusing Sergeant Orrick and Corporal Smith : punishment Black-hole 48 hours.

I have been asked to identify which Douglas was sentenced to 48 hours in the black hole.

The diary of John Dawson of Brunton contains the brief entry:

[1761. March] 24. Tuesday. This morning I was president of a 

court martial held upon one. Douglass for abusing Sergeant Orrick 

and Corporal Smith : punishment…


Added by William Douglas on March 7, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Leukemia toolkit

For nearly 18 years Graham and Britton Douglas believed they were fraternal twins. That was until Britton needed a bone-marrow transplant because chemotherapy for his leukemia had failed.

The Fort Worth, Texas, brothers learned that they were identical twins, sharing the same DNA, and therefore Britton could not receive his brother's bone marrow because their genetic…


Added by William Douglas on March 2, 2012 at 16:12 — 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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