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William Douglas's Blog – June 2009 Archive (5)


The little photograph that accompanies members entries is called, I think, an avatar. Mine appears at the top of this article (could be better, I know!) I thought it would be fun to change the default shaddowy image to a Douglas 'personality'.

However, now that I see it in use, it does not seem so suitable for our lady members!

So, I will take advice. Do we keep it, or junk it?

It does not seem possible to have one for men… Continue

Added by William Douglas on June 30, 2009 at 10:43 — 1 Comment

Signet ring with a history?

A little while ago, I was sent some photographs of a signet ring. Whilst the email came from France, the ring apparently became the property of this particular family in California.

As can be seen, it bears the Douglas crest of the wild boar and the oak tree, and the motto, Lock Sicker. The Douglas heart is clear, but what is depicted in the other quarters?

Does anyone know whose crest this might be? And how it got to… Continue

Added by William Douglas on June 27, 2009 at 17:13 — No Comments

New GEDCOM uploaded to the database

One of the most common methods used for genealogy information exchange is the GEDCOM, an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication. In simple terms it is a method of formatting your family tree data into a text file which can be easily read and converted by any genealogy software program.

A GEDCOM is used between the database on my home PC and the database that drives the genealogy website. Whilst it is possible to update records on-line, using TNG, my preferred route is to main… Continue

Added by William Douglas on June 17, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

James Douglas, 14th earl of Morton and his family

James, 14th Earl of Morton married twice. He married Agatha Halyburton before 1731. Agatha was the daughter of James Halyburton. Agatha died in 1748 in Edinburgh. James had 5 sons by Agatha Halyburton, 4 of which predeceased him. After Agatha's death in 1748, James married Bridget Heathcote with whom he also had a son. James died in 1768 and the family possessions passed to his only surviving son by Agatha Halyburton.

He married… Continue

Added by William Douglas on June 16, 2009 at 9:50 — No Comments

A visit to Douglasdale

It might seem strange that I have only just paid my first visit to the village of Douglas in Lanarkshire. I have driven passed the village on the motorway innumerable times, but this week, I made a special journey to the cradle of the Douglas family.

Castlemains, Douglas, Lanarkshire

I was fortunate to have as my guide, Jim Fleming, who wrote the history of St Bride's Church - and kindly gave me a copy to add to my Douglas library. Jim was… Continue

Added by William Douglas on June 12, 2009 at 16:00 — 6 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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