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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 it.

Another favourite is the 'Lady' who sails alone and ends up as a lady's maid, usually leaving behind an unclaimed inheritance.

Many families have cherished myths and stories about their immigration to America or other pivotal events and people. Sharon DeBartolo Carmack's book A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Immigrant and Ethnic Ancestry helps us take some into account when doing our research.

I have included some these in the genealogy section. It would be nice to prove some of them true!

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Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

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'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.

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