The man behind a family heirloom

The “Burmese gong” stood on a shelf at my parents’ house for as long as I can remember. I knew that “hid cam fae [it came from] Thistlebank” but little more. Perhaps it is not even Burmese.                                                      The man who brought  |  more…

In the census, closing the web on Peter

Let me set the scene. I knew from my great aunts that their uncle Peter (my x2 great uncle) had gone to Dakota, married an American called Olivia and had an adopted daughter Maimie. Years later when I seriously got into family history I found that he was born on 9 August 1851, was a  |  more…

Favourite photo

The theme for this week’s  #52ancestors challenge is “Favourite photo”.   This is one of my favourites. It shows my great great grandparents and their two youngest daughters. The date is 1875 at the very latest and the photo was taken in Orkney, Scotland. Why is it a favourite? Partly because it is the only photo  |  more…

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