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Christine woodcock's Blog – April 2011 Archive (5)

Researching Scottish Ancestry - WHERE DO I START?

For those of us fortunate enough to have ancestors with Scottish heritage, researching is a fairly easy task. Knowing where to look is usually where we get tied up. Following these hints should help:

THE place for Scottish records, of course, is the office of the General Register (GRO). Their website is the repository for all official documents: birth, marriage, death, census, wills and testaments. Here’s what you need to know:

• The website is:… Continue

Added by christine woodcock on April 24, 2011 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Pay Attention to Witnesses and Informants on Civil Records

Often, on the records, the people listed as "witnesses" to a wedding or "informants" of the information (births, deaths) are close family members. Pay attention to these people. Search them out. Knowing more about them will help you to know more about your ancestors.

For example, my great grandmother's wedding registration lists her sister, Janet, as a witness. This particular sister was one of three sisters that my great grandmother had. But she was the oldest sister and the eldest…


Added by christine woodcock on April 19, 2011 at 6:05pm — 1 Comment

Lots Happening in UK Research

New at RootsIreland (


 Recently uploaded 32,000 baptism records for…


Added by christine woodcock on April 19, 2011 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Who Do You KNOW You Are?

Is there any better way for a genealogist to spend a Friday night than glued to the telly watching Who Do You Think You Are? The programs have been mesmerising. And although we all know the things that the “experts” explain to the stars, it is once again fascinating to piece it all together and know the story.


Watching Kim Cattrall, Rosie and Steve Buscemi, I have decided that when my great grandfather went off to fight the Boer War and never returned, he likely wasn’t…


Added by christine woodcock on April 16, 2011 at 6:11pm — 1 Comment

April 6 is Tartan Day

April 6 is officially known as Tartan Day in Canada

. April 6 was chosen as the date because it is the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish declaration of independence.
A tartan represents a community, and is an enduring symbol of Scotland

that is cherished by Canadians of Scottish ancestry. Many Canadian provinces and other countries already celebrate Tartan Day.
Further to that announcement by Heritage Canada,…

Added by christine woodcock on April 6, 2011 at 2:18am — 1 Comment


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