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William Douglas's Blog – July 2009 Archive (7)

Clan Gathering a great success

Organisers today hailed the weekend's huge clan gathering a success, after almost 50,000 people flocked to Holyrood Park from all corners of the world.

Clan chiefs, ex-pat Scots and curious locals were among those soaking up the atmosphere – and occasional sun – yesterday on the second day of Homecoming centrepiece The Gathering.

They enjoyed traditional Highland Games, dancing displays and live performances.

And organisers hope the event will become… Continue

Added by William Douglas on July 27, 2009 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Clan Gathering - Edinburgh

I had an enormously enjoyable morning at the Clan Gathering, part of Scotland's Homecoming, in Edinburgh today.

Many Douglases, and those associated with the family through septs, stopped off at the clan tent to say 'Hullo' and tell me about their own family history. It was great to meet so many people from all around the world who were so interested in their family backgrounds, and who had spent time in Scotland visiting places associated with the family.

I was put to… Continue

Added by William Douglas on July 25, 2009 at 19:21 — No Comments

Online bookstore

I received a blatant bit of advertising through a forum posting, but as it does seem potentially useful, I am passing it on.

The following books were listed at Ancestral Books:

A Collection of Family Records With Biographical Sketches, and Other Memoranda of Various Families and Individuals.. - by Douglas, Charles Henry Providence, RI , 1879

My Father's Family (Douglas) - by Rudder, Edith A.

Salem,… Continue

Added by William Douglas on July 21, 2009 at 10:36 — No Comments

Spelling of Douglas, Douglass, etc

Interesting research in the Douglas DNA group has revealed futher spelling variations of our name.

I already record that there are family members whp spell their names:


















and have noted the gaelic spelling:… Continue

Added by William Douglas on July 18, 2009 at 18:20 — 1 Comment

New CDSNA president

Congratulations go to President is James Douglas Jacobs of Spring, Texas, (left) who has been elected President of the Clan Douglas Society of North America.

He succeeds Mark Douglas(right).…


Added by William Douglas on July 17, 2009 at 21:00 — No Comments

Google Books help family history researchers

Google are continually adding to their library of out of print books that they are making available on-line. Whilst some are, frustratingly, not available in the UK because of copyright issues, many are.

I have recently been referred to Debrett's The baronetage of England for a particular reference, but by entering 'Douglas' in the search box, I was able to call up many interesting references.…


Added by William Douglas on July 17, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

Lady Alice is in the swim

One member of the extended family who is seldom out of the news is Lady Alice Douglas, the daughter of the 12th Marquis of Queensbury.

This photograph has just circulated the world as 'Photo of the week'.

Lady Alice Douglas swam in lake Llyn Mymbyr in Capel Curig, Wales, Tuesday. She has been swimming in lakes and rivers since her… Continue

Added by William Douglas on July 5, 2009 at 11:35 — No Comments

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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.

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'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.

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