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William Douglas's Blog – September 2011 Archive (12)

Sir Roger Douglas leaves NZ Parliament

Controversial New Zealand MP Sir Roger Douglas has delivered his farewell speech at Parliament.

It is the second time he has left but this time the 73-year-old, who first entered Parliament in 1969, says he is off for good.

Douglas changed the face of the New Zealand economy as the Finance Minister under David Lange's Labour Government in the 1980s. His brand of…


Added by William Douglas on September 29, 2011 at 13:44 — No Comments

New History of Parliament - under construction!

The History of Parliament is a research project creating a comprehensive account of the parliamentary politics in England, then Britain, from their origins in the thirteenth century. Unparalleled in the comprehensiveness of its treatment, the History is generally regarded as one of the most ambitious, authoritative and well-researched projects in British history.

It consists of detailed studies of elections and electoral politics in each constituency, and of closely researched…


Added by William Douglas on September 29, 2011 at 9:36 — No Comments

James Douglas: Father of British Columbia released on Kindle

Popular book released on Kindle; click the image to order.

 James Douglas's story is one of high adventure in…


Added by William Douglas on September 28, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

The Douglas of Douglas Fir

New book published this month; click the image to order.

David Douglas is another of those unfortunate people who are remembered for…


Added by William Douglas on September 27, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

Tommy is second Douglas to gain statue status this month

The clouds parted briefly to shine light on the newly unveiled statue of former Premier and 'father of Medicare', T.C. Douglas in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, thanks to the generosity of an internationally renowned artist and the town that supported 'the Greatest Canadian' at the beginning of his political career.

Many dignitaries were in Weyburn on September 10 to…


Added by William Douglas on September 27, 2011 at 10:41 — No Comments

Proposed Genealogy Q&A site

I was not familiar with StackExchange til I was asked to sign up for a Genealogy Q&A site.

I am not sure that yet another general site is a good thing - the further the questions are spread, the less chance they have of being answered.

But maybe I have that wrong.

The proposed Q&A site for genealogy enthusiasts, family historians, professional genealogists, "transitional" genealogists and serious amateurs is…


Added by William Douglas on September 24, 2011 at 17:35 — No Comments

New York Memorial to Frederick Douglass Dedicated

A statue has been erected in Central Park, New York, to commemorate the life of  Frederick Douglass,  the famous African-American abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. 

Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) escaped to New York as a young man from a slave owner and dedicated his whole life to the struggle against slavery. Though born a slave, Douglass learned to…


Added by William Douglas on September 21, 2011 at 21:00 — No Comments

New source for Canada’s documentary heritage

The Canadiana Discovery Portal is a new source for Canada’s documentary heritage, providing access to a huge assortment of historical artifacts from across the country.

The Canadiana Discovery Portal is a free service that enables users to search across the valuable and…


Added by William Douglas on September 9, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Douglases in Ayrshire

I was researching Douglas of Cunninghamhead (near Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, Scotland) whose daughter and heiress married a Cunningham, when I came across the following entries on Wikipedia (not all on the same page).

Warrix (now Warrick) Hill formed part of the demesne of the De Morvilles who forfeited their lands to Robert the Bruce. Sir James, son of Sir James Stewart of Bonkill, son of Alexander the High Steward of Scotland, obtained Peirstoun and…


Added by William Douglas on September 8, 2011 at 16:35 — 1 Comment

Duke's aeroplane gifted to museum

A HISTORIC aircraft used to scatter the ashes of Scotland's most prominent peer over his ancestral Haddington home has been gifted to the National Museum of Scotland.

The Bulldog military trainer was owned by the late Duke of Hamilton of Lennoxlove House, and was the first of its kind to be built in Scotland.

 Angus Douglas-Hamilton, who passed away…


Added by William Douglas on September 3, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Douglas-Hunt 'toughest competitor alive'

Less than eight months after she was almost killed on the job, Victoria police Const. Lane Douglas-Hunt has stunned family and friends by winning the gold medal in the "toughest competitor alive" event at the World Police & Fire Games in New York on Wednesday.


Douglas-Hunt gave new meaning to the name of the competition, which requires athletes to…


Added by William Douglas on September 2, 2011 at 12:23 — No Comments

Merchant Navy Seamen records now online has just published 1 million 20th century Merchant Navy Seamen records, the first time ever that these records have been made available online.

The records are index cards which the Registrar General of Shipping and Seaman used between the two world wars to produce a centralised index of merchant seamen serving on British merchant navy vessels. They cover the period 1918-1941.

The merchant navy consists… Continue

Added by William Douglas on September 2, 2011 at 9:32 — 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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