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Jun 10, 2017
Category: General

It can be so frustrating when you know that a record must exist but there is no obvious reason as to why. The best example I can give is within my own family tree with the marriage of John Roseburgh to Margaret Crawford in the parish of Stow in the year 1858. A search of the index had found no record. As all their children’s birth certificates had stated a consistent place and date of marriage I saw no reason to doubt that they had married. I then searched with only the bride's details and the marriage record appeared.

I found that the modern-day indexer had recorded Roseburgh as Roxburgh. On closer examination, I noted that when John Roseburgh had placed his signature on the document the "s" and the "e" in Roseburgh were tight that the indexer had taken this as an "x". However, my findings were confirmed when I scanned the document and in the section on the marriage document where the Registrar had recorded john's parent’s names the surname was clearly shown as "Roseburgh".

As professional genealogists we come upon many errors in the index system and always report such matters to the appropriate person. 

If you have a problem relating to a particular birth, death or marriage record please do not hesitate to contact us. In most cases we will be more than happy to advise you free of charge.  

Jan 3, 2017
Category: General

 

The Rev William Campbell of Lilliesleaf parish wrote that:

“A numerous party of Presbyterians who were marching to join their brethren at Bothwell Bridge, being attacked by some troops of Dragoons fled to Bewlie Moss for refuge; unable to extricate themselves, many perished in the mud. When the old church of Lilliesleaf was taken down in 1771 there was found below one of the seats, a coffin containing several human heads. We may suppose that they had been cut off by friends, that they might not be fixed upon the ports of neighbouring Boroughs, as it was not possible to drag out without being discovered.

 

Jan 2, 2017
Category: General

Welcome to 2017 and Scottish Genealogy Research is pleased to announce that we have now have access to the British Newspaper Archives which will allow us to include (if required) transcriptions of articles linked to your ancestors.  

  

Scottish Genealogy Research News

Category: General
Apr 18, 2015

Viewing an ancestors gravestone



Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting an American client whose ancestors were from my own home town of Galashiels. Prior to her arrival in Scotland she had asked if we could find a particular memorial stone. Afraid to say it was not in one of the local burial grounds. But we did find two others that were of particular interest to her in Eastlands burial ground in Galashiels. A big thank you to Scottish Borders Council for maintaining such excellent records.  She was able to photograph the two headstones and our hunt for the missing one will continue. 





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