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A wee bit of info to help you in your journey to discover your Scottish Ancestors and maybe even crack a brick wall or two!



Monday, 28 July 2014

Ancestor Trading Cards - Engaging the Next Generation

A great activity to engage kids in family history is the use of trading cards. This is also a great activity for youngsters at family reunions. They can, on their level, share ancestor information with cousins while the adults share research details, databases, scandals and whatever else they choose to share at family reunions.


The advantage of the Ancestor Trading Cards is that they are short and sweet. They offer key information, include a picture and a bit of biographical information, and are easily manipulated by school aged kids. The cards can be sorted according to surname or matched up with parents, spouses or children. For your brickwalls, you can leave a clue to see if the kids can brainstorm what they think might have happened or where an answer to the question might be found.  

These Ancestor Trading Cards are easy to make and take. An interactive online trading card generator can be found at:

http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/trading-card-creator-30056.html

You can add in that this person is an ancestor, and the generator will walk you through some questions that will allow details of their life to be filled in on the card.

Or you can create your own cards with any card creator software program. There are a number of free downloads available for this purpose.

Happy creating!



Monday, 21 July 2014

The Oathing Stone

A little known tradition in Scottish history is that when a couple married near a stone, it was believed that their vows were more binding. It became customary, then, for the couple to each place a hand on the same stone as they pledged their oath, thereby, setting their vows in stone.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Were Your Scottish Ancestors Barbers?


The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Edinburgh, has in its special collections, the Records of the Society of Barbers.

 

Here is a list of the records on hand: http://www.library.rcsed.ac.uk/content/content.aspx?ID=30 

 

You can contact them at: library@rcsed.ac.uk

 

For those with Glasgow ancestors who worked as Barbers, you can get information through Google Books at: http://books.google.ca/books/about/Records_of_the_Incorporation_of_Barbers.html?id=LTNOAAAAYAAJ&redir_esc=y

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Ship's List for John & Sara


In 1653, 270 Scots were led aboard the “John & Sara” which set sail for Boston. The ship’s list of the John & Sara has been transcribed and can be found at:  http://www.us-roots.org/colonialamerica/main/john&sara.html

 

Did Your Ancestors Arrive on the UNITY?


Following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, over 4000 Scots had been captured and imprisoned. In fairly short order, 150 of the healthiest men were gathered, taken to London and then shipped on the Unity to New England, arriving in Massachusetts. For a list of Scottish Prisoners of War from the Battle of Dunbar and subsequent listing of men who were transported, this website is incredibly helpful: http://scottishprisonersofwar.com/unity-prisoners/

Saturday, 12 July 2014

National Library of Scotland Honour Rolls

The National Library of Scotland has digitized and made freely available online, their collection of honour rolls for WWI. These records are indexed alphabetically by either place or organization. The rolls contain names of casualties and those who fell in active duty.

The rolls are a collection from organizations such as schools, universities, clans, businesses and churches from across Scotland.

Here's the link:

http://digital.nls.uk/rolls-of-honour/pageturner.cfm?id=100847906