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William Douglas's Blog – May 2013 Archive (5)

CDSNA seeks Regents

The Clan Douglas Society of North America seeks Regents to represent the society.

The following States &/or Events NEED A REGENT or a CO-REGENT.

If you know someone in the area willing to represent Clan Douglas, have them contact me here. I will be happy to pass the name along to CDSNA VP Mark Peterson.

ILLINOIS (multiple events/ multiple Regents needed)



Added by William Douglas on May 29, 2013 at 15:55 — No Comments

1895 Valuation Rolls

The 1895 Valuation Rolls are now live on the ScotlandsPeople website.

The new records, comprising 2,095,707 indexed names and 75,565 digital images, cover every kind of building, structure or dwelling that was assessed in 1895 as having a rateable value, and provide a fascinating picture of Scottish society during the late Victorian era.

The Rolls contain the names of owners, tenants and occupiers of each property - and in many cases, occupations are also included. The…


Added by William Douglas on May 28, 2013 at 14:21 — No Comments

Lady Mary Douglas' Reel

Wheatstone’s Selection of Elegant and Fashionable Country Dances, Reels, Waltzs &c for the Ensuing Season 1808, Book 1.  National Library of Australia.  Kindly provided by Mrs Heather Clarke through her website:…


Added by William Douglas on May 13, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

A Hawick Word Book by Douglas Scott

I have just re-visited Douglas Scott's book after a year or so since I last dipped into it.  A Hawick Word Book is not a book that one reads from cover to cover, - there are over 2000 pages - but once started on an entry, it is hard not to stop reading further.  Nor is it actually a book - yet.

Publlshed online as a pdf, Douglas uses names found in Hawick, a Scottish Borders town, to share with us the history of the region.

The main purpose of…


Added by William Douglas on May 10, 2013 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

Forebears genealogy portal

Forebears is a genealogy portal featuring:

  • A geographically indexed and cross-referenced of sources for family history research
  • A dictionary of surname meanings, including information on their geographic distribution
  • News articles and genealogical research advice

The main aim of the site is to bring together the wide variety of…


Added by William Douglas on May 8, 2013 at 17:10 — 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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