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William Douglas's Blog – August 2012 Archive (7)

New Historical Records of Servants and Maps Go Online

Historical documents, including Ordnance Survey (OS) Name Books and Scotland’s Servant and Hearth Tax rolls dating back some 300 years, are now available online on the ScotlandsPlaces website.

The records are among new additions to a treasure trove of historical information held on the site, which brings together…


Added by William Douglas on August 31, 2012 at 12:03 — No Comments

Discover your family FREE in U.S. Census Collection (1790-1940)

Discover your ancestors for FREE this weekend as opens all 713 million U.S. census records from 1790 to 1940. Learn where your ancestors were born, what they did for a living, how much they earned—even meet the girl (or guy) next door.

All free through September 3rd.

Added by William Douglas on August 29, 2012 at 21:25 — No Comments

Research Tools

I have just come across this useful list of research tools, from Appalachian American Genealogy:



Added by William Douglas on August 18, 2012 at 10:20 — No Comments

William Douglas (died 1791), a Scottish ship captain and maritime fur trader

William Douglas (died 1791) was a Scottish ship captain and maritime fur trader during the late 18th century. He worked with the British trader and Captain John Meares, commanding the ship Iphigenia Nubiana. He was involved in the Nootka Crisis of 1789, which brought Britain and Spain to the brink of war. A few years later he was captain of the American ship Grace. In 1791 he partnered with Captain John Kendrick in an attempt to open trade with Japan.

Iphigenia Bay, in Alaska, is…


Added by William Douglas on August 15, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Douglas Castle, Jamaica

Seven brothers migrated to Jamaica and settled in the parish of St. Ann and St. Elizabeth. The Eldest Brother, William 'Captain' Douglas settled in River Wood on land which he purchased from Lord Sutton Brown . He renamed the place Douglas Castle.

As a part of its wealthy history, the story is told of how the Community of Douglas Castle was settled. In the 18th…


Added by William Douglas on August 14, 2012 at 11:33 — 3 Comments

W. S. Douglas of Dundarrach and the Sandilands of Eastbarns writs

Mr Douglas,

I am writing on behalf of the National Records of Scotland who are very interested in obtaining up-to-date contact details in relation to the Sandilands of Eastbarns Writs deposited some time ago by W. S. Douglas of Dundarrach.

I would be very grteful if you could get back to me at at your earliest convenience.

Thank you and best wishes,

Kirsty Martin

Added by William Douglas on August 6, 2012 at 11:30 — 6 Comments

Gabby wins gold!

Congratulations to Gabrielle Douglas, one of the USA gymnastic team who won gold at the London Olympics.

Added by William Douglas on August 1, 2012 at 23:02 — 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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