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John Flett – you’re to blame!

About 20 years ago my sister had an Australian temp in her office. The woman’s surname was Flett, a very Orkney surname. When my sister mentioned this to my father he was immediately very interested. His granny’s brother, John Flett, had immigrated to Australia but contact had been lost. Could this temp be a descendant  |  more…

Q is for quixotic

Quixotic – “preoccupied with an unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous approach to life; impractically idealistic” – a fair word to describe William M Groundwater, my great great uncle? William Moncrieff Groundwater was born on 11 March 1849 in Orphir, Orkney, first child of John Groundwater and Williamina Moncrieff, and died on 16 October 1936 at Cruan  |  more…

N is for next generation

We tend to think of family history as people before us but it’s important to record current generations too. The next generation will thank you for it, eventually! How to help the next generation Have you added names to all your family photos? Hardcopy ones, yes maybe? But what about all the digital ones? Here’s  |  more…

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