The black sheep of the family?

My great great uncle Nicol Slater/Sclater* was the black sheep of the family. He left his young family in Orkney, went off to Canada and never returned. The name Nicol, shared with his father and grandfather, was not used again for two generations. I’d assumed that he left and never contacted his family again so  |  more…

If you think you have problems with Mc and Mac

People sometimes get fixated on spelling. “No Angus McCallum can’t be my ancestor, we are MacCallums”. Maybe so, but in the past spelling of names was quite fluid. ScotlandsPeople has a very good guide on why surname spelling varies. All things considered, the Mc/Mac differences may well be the least of your problems. Slateros Slatero  |  more…

Relatives who won’t tell…

This week’s #52ancestors set topic is “close up”. I’m struggling to find a suitable ancestor but the theme also reflects the difficulty you may encounter when relatives close up and won’t tell. So that is my inspiration!! Barbara Ina Slater (1927-2010) Auntie Barbara was my mother’s younger sister, she lived with her parents, James and  |  more…