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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 think this is 1922, although I cannot be certain as the spine is missing, and so is the title page! I acquired this recently through an eBay purchase.

Amongst the interesting gravestons is one to Admiral George Henry Douglas I note him ( and so does the 81st edition of Burke's Peerage, as having two children, but there is a window in the church 'Alice Frances, the child of George and Charlotte Douglas. Born Oct 15th 1851. Died Jul 20th 1852. Taken away from the evil to come'.

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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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