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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…

P is for parish

In family history research you will often have to search for records at parish level. Looking at the OPRs (old parish registers) on ScotlandsPeople, for example, you can narrow your search by county and then by parish. Parishes in time In many parts of western Europe, the parish was originally the area round a church.  |  more…

O is for Ousna

Who or what is Ousna? To find out you can read the blog I’ve written for the Society of One-Place Studies. Here’s a link to my post. The Society of One-Place Studies is doing the whole A to Z blogging challenge this year (2017). (I’ve now done 4 days out of 26!)

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