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

Douglases of Dalmahoy

I recently visit St Mary's Church, at Dalmahoy, in the graveyard of which are buried several members of the earl of Morton's family, amongst them my grandfather.

This led me to reviewing the entries in the database, updating some of the biographies in the history section, and developing an entry on Wikipedaia. It has also drawn attention to some holes in the Douglas Archives, which I am working to fill.

I am helped in this task by the 81st edition of Burkes Peerage. I… Continue

Added by William Douglas on November 30, 2009 at 22:59 — No Comments

Whose cousin am I?

Sorting out the difference between once removed and 2nd cousins, etc, has always been a challenge for me.

There is a chart in the Douglas Archives, but this one from Wikipedia is very helpful:

Family tree showing the relationship of each person to the orange person.

Cousins are colored green. Generations are shown by alternating stripes of gray and… Continue

Added by William Douglas on November 28, 2009 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Admiral Sir Charles Douglas - a new biography

It is always exciting when a new biography apppears, charting the history of one of the family who made an imprint on world history.

Fortune's Favorite: Sir Charles Douglas and the Breaking of the Line

Sir Charles Douglas played a pivotal role in many of the most important events of the late eighteenth century, and yet his name appears only in short passages and… Continue

Added by William Douglas on November 12, 2009 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

Is Google Wave the future of collabrative genealogy research?

Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and… Continue

Added by William Douglas on November 6, 2009 at 14:00 — No Comments

Marksberry/Marksbury family name a Douglas derivative?

I recently came across the following story:

The "Queensbury" title, one of many with which the Scottish house of Douglas is associated, originated in the creation of Sir William Douglas (d. 1640) as Earl of Queensbury in 1633. He was the eldest son of Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig (d. 1616). His grandson William the 3rd Earl (1637-1695), was created "Marquess of Queenserry" in 1682 and "Duke of Queensberry" in 1684. All of these titles and positions were created under the rule… Continue

Added by William Douglas on November 3, 2009 at 20:57 — 4 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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