“I have the worst croft on the estate”

An American ‘Labor Day’ theme this week for #52Ancestors: work.  The vast majority of my ancestors were crofters and farmers, combined in varying proportions with fishing or, less frequently, a trade. This time I’m focusing on James Nic(h)olson, my paternal granny’s father, so one of my great grandfathers. (The ‘h’ creeps into the family name  |  more…

Back to school

There were several teachers in my family tree but I’m focusing on one this time: Auntie Mimie. Tomima Slater (1892-1956) Auntie Mimie was born at Gara, Orphir on 18 January 1892, the ninth child of William H Slater and Tomima Groundwater. The family was poor, work was scarce. My maternal grandfather, James, one of her  |  more…

There’s more to some censuses than people

This week’s #52 ancestors theme ‘Non-population’ has been a bit of CPD (continuing professional development) as I’ve never looked at the US census non-population schedules before. What are they? Censuses mostly record people, names, ages, birthplaces, but some US censuses have additional schedules which record wider information. Agriculture, Mortality, Social statistics (1850, 1860, 1870, 1880).  |  more…

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