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William Douglas's Blog – November 2011 Archive (7)

Is a Douglas Fir the only choice?

'Tis the season when many people purchase decorative conifer trees; otherwise they own some ersatz version thereof. No option exists in our household because we are of the most firm opinion that only a natural tree will do.

On an ecological basis cut conifers are grown as a crop and can be fully recycled. So here is your holiday conifer primer. 1.…


Added by William Douglas on November 28, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

New research website to find family graves

Cemeteries have long been a resource for genealogists, with Find a Grave as probably the most popular, with 71 million records, and around 2 million searches each day.

However, there is a new kid on the block,

Find a Grave creates a sort of online memorial for deceased persons. Genealogical information can be gleaned from these memorials, but that isn’t…


Added by William Douglas on November 12, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

William Douglas, b1610 - a call for research funding

The following has been posted on behalf of Ed Douglas

There is a small group of people who have expressed considerable curiosity about the origins and ancestry of William Douglas, commonly thought to have been born in 1610.  Most of you descend from William and have had the relationship confirmed through yDNA testing.  This “core” group consists of Betsey Howes, Marilynn Darling, Bob Green, Bill Hough, William Douglas (of the Douglas Archives), and me.  Besides this…


Added by William Douglas on November 11, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

Killed on last day of the war

Private A. Douglas, of the 1st battalion The Cameronians was a soldier who fought in the 1st World War.

He survived to the last day, but was not to see the peace as he was killed in France just as the war ended, 93 years ago.

On Remembrance Day, let us remember him, and 19 other Douglas comrades who all gave their lives serving in The Cameronians, and the countless others serving on land, at sea and in the air.

I have today added the …


Added by William Douglas on November 9, 2011 at 20:08 — No Comments

Douglas of Cavers

I have received an email discussing the Cavers lineage in connect to Violet, daughter of Thomas Douglas of Cavers.

But the question is how does this Thomas fit into the lineage, and who were his successors?


This how I record the Cavers lineage:

Archibald Douglas 13th Laird of Cavers came from an ancient Roxburghshire family with a strong Covenanting tradition. His father William Douglas 11th of…

Added by William Douglas on November 5, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

40 Douglases listed among Glasgow's 1st World War Roll of Honour

200,000 men from Glasgow enlisted into the army or navy during the 1st World War.

Almost 18,000 never returned; they lost their lives on land, sea or in a few cases, in the air. Of these, 401 served in the Canadian forces.181 in the Australian and 44 in New Zealand's forces. Two even served in the Egyptian Camel Corps. Amongst them are almost 40 members of the Douglas family.

The Roll of Honour was first collated in 1922. It has now been made available online. …


Added by William Douglas on November 4, 2011 at 22:52 — No Comments

Archibald Sholto Gordon Douglas

From the Times & Telegraph 2 November 2011: 


Archibald Sholto Gordon, died on 29th October 2011, aged 74. Beloved brother of Ian, Veronica and Rosemary, cherished by all his family and his multitude of friends. Private cremation. All welcome at a Service of Thanksgiving for his life at 2pm on Thursday, 17th November at St Luke’s Church, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NH. Donations if desired to the Friends of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Charity No 1016883, 369 Fulham…


Added by William Douglas on November 4, 2011 at 16:53 — 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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