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William Douglas's Blog – November 2010 Archive (3)

Searching for ancestors? Need help in Galloway?

Recently joined member, Bob Henry, is offering to help with searches in south west Scotland, particularly in Wigtownshire and Kirkcudbrightshire - even perhaps Dumfriesshire.

I have recently seen evidence of his work on ancestors of Sir William Douglas of Castle Douglas and am impressed with his achievements.

If you are looking for help in that area, bob is your…

Added by William Douglas on November 24, 2010 at 20:29 — No Comments

Kate Middleton - The Douglas Connection

Kate and William When the engagement of William, Prince of Wales to Miss Kate Middleton was announced, it was inevitable that genealogists should get to work. Is there a connection, we want to know.

Someone who had already done his homework was the genealogist William A. Reitwiesner.

Sadly, William A. Reitwiesner, died on Friday 12 November 2010, only 56 years old. His works included The American ancestors and relatives of Lady Diana Frances Spencer…

Added by William Douglas on November 17, 2010 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Research myths

He was 11 years old(1695) when he went to London, where his Uncle who had a thriving business offered his inheritance to John, as he had no children. John did not find his Uncle, so went down to look at the ships. He was grabbed on a man of war ship, and ended up in Boston, indentured.

From time to time, I receive enquiries with stories like this attached. There must, I suppose, be some truth in them, but are they all true? Sadly, I doubt…

Added by William Douglas on November 16, 2010 at 12:02 — 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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