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William Douglas's Blog – September 2009 Archive (6)

“Jesus was also a traveller” - Charlie Douglas

When I am asked 'Where do you come from?', I invariably open my response with 'My wife and I were both Gypsies'. Not very PC, perhaps, but it reflects the fact that we both spent the time before we maried in many diferent places, never spending enough time in any to call it home.

I never, in all the times I have had these discussions, imaginged that amongst the douglases there was some one who revelled in the title "King of the Gypsies", awarded him by his own Romany people for his… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 29, 2009 at 10:17 — No Comments

Pauper cemetery clearance reveals Douglas graves

Source: Nebraska City News-Press, Nebraska City, Otoe Co., Nebraska, Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Joshua Goebel assembled volunteers from Boys Scouts Troop 246 Thursday to clear Otoe County’s pauper cemetery.

"Located on high ground at the edge of what once was the Otoe County Poor Farm, Goebel said a 1927 report indicated there were 30 graves there."

Amongst them were the graves of James and Mary (Molly) Douglas.

"After removing enough dead-wood to fill… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 20, 2009 at 18:00 — No Comments

Getting it right

Yesterday, I fell for one of those spoof emails that goes around, and around.

It made me laugh out loud, and, funnily enough, I called it 'Getting the story right'. But the laugh is on me. Shortly after I decided to pass it on, via the GenWise website, where I also have a blog, Ed Douglasss sent a warning:

Maybe this is a clever joke. Maybe it is dead serious. I don't know.… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 17, 2009 at 9:34 — No Comments

Lochleven Castle

LochLeven Castle

Standing on an island in a picturesque loch, Lochleven Castle consists of a small ruinous 15th century keep, rectangular in plan, standing at one corner of a 14th century courtyard.

The castle used to occupy most of the island, but the level of the loch has been lowered. Lochleven was a royal castle from 1257, and was stormed by William Wallace after being captured by the English.

The English besieged the castle in 1301, but it was… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 14, 2009 at 14:30 — No Comments

Randini – the man who helped Houdini

Randini book cover

Houdini; the Man Who Could Escape From Anything Or Anywhere; the Man Who Could Walk Through Walls and Cheat Death. And yet the stunt that helped to make Houdini a legend- escaping from a strait jacket whilst suspended hundreds of feet in the air wasn’t invented by the Master Mystifier. That honour belonged to a long forgotten Sheffield schoolboy...

Randini-The Man Who Helped Houdini is the remarkable story of a fan who helped reinvent… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 3, 2009 at 10:30 — No Comments

Should Scotland repeat The Gathering?

Homecoming 2009 is a Scottish celebration of not only Robert Burns but some of Scotland's great contributions to the world: Burns, Golf, Whisky, The Enlightenment and Innovation, as well as our rich culture and heritage which lives on at home and through the many people of Scots descent who live out with our shores. One of the highlights was The… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 2, 2009 at 17:30 — 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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