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Irregular Session Catholic Marriage in Scotland's OPR

Would a Catholic irregular session marriage at St. Andrews in Glasgow on 25/11/1821 be listed in the OPR? I believe these are my 3x-g-gp Donald McDonald, Tailor, and Mary Crerar.
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What does VSP mean in the book The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783?

In the book ''The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783'' by David Dobson, published in Baltimore by the Genealogical Publishing Co. in 1984, I find on page 349 it lists an entry for ...
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Who was my grandfather's first wife?

My grandfather married my grandmother in Berwick upon Tweed, England on 31st May 1918 at St Andrew's Church, now demolished. He was described on the marriage certificate as a widower and I can find ...
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Finding the port for a 1905 arrival to United States?

My grandfather John Gibson Gowans immigrated the second time to the United States from Scotland on a ship called The Caledonia in 1905. This was his 2nd time as his parents first immigrated in 1888 ...
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Obtaining documents of Cuthbert and Baird families

The names of my Cuthberts were, George, James, John, Lewis and others of the family. The specific ones that came to Savannah, GA., USA are James, John, Lewis. John Cuthbert came in the Prince of ...
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How to differentiate John Ormond (husband of Katharine Henderson) from others of the same name?

John Ormond, weaver, married Katharine Henderson, daughter of James Henderson, in Forfar in 1767. Baptism records can be found for three children: Jean Ormond (1768) Forfar Margaret (1771) Forfar ...
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Locating “Bankhead of …” in parish of Forfar

I am attempting to determine the location of an area whose name is difficult to read on two parish records from the parish of Forfar: The marriage of John Ormond and Katherine Henderson in 1767 (...
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Were Scottish middle names sometimes added later? Eg. Campbell

I have asked questions relating to Alexander Campbell Harris before. You may recall that I had issues with his year of birth due to differences between the information on the marriage and death ...
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Finding birth records in Scotland?

It seems to me that freebmd does not cover Scotland. Are there any free resources that do? The ones I found charge 7.50 just to see the page.
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Seeking informational resources on “Robinson” family name origin?

I have hit somewhat of a wall in researching the European lines of my Robinson ancestors. I did learn of the possibility (vs. likelihood?) that Robinson is not a Scottish name, but rather originated ...
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How to interpret this Scottish Catholic Register birth/baptism entry?

I've found the entry for an ancestor's birth in the Scottish Catholic Register (1851, Glasgow) and I'm confused what two annotations might mean. I found it on ScotlandsPeople but have searched the ...
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Looking for records in Dumfriesshire pre 1841

Specifically for Thomas Kerr, possibly from Sanquar born around 1806 though listed in one census as being born around 1811. I've searched on Ancestry and Scotland's People but can't find a birth date ...
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Finding illegitimate boy after birth in 1903?

Edward James Logan Reid was born in May 1903 to Margaret Reid. I can find no record of him until 1923 in Canada as Edward James Fraser. Margaret had married James Fraser in Ontario in 1915. Where was ...
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Seeking to verify 1862 Scottish marriage, birth and death records for a Henry Clifford stationed with the Royal Navy at Leith

In researching Henry Clifford (b 1839, Ewell, Surrey), grandparents' names in lieu of parents' names disallows certainty of his marriage to a Jane Young in Edinburgh 1862. Henry volunteered w/the ...
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Irvine Laird of Drum surname question

I’ve been researching Lairds in Sterling and found a link to the 11th Laird of Drum, Alexander Irvine. Can anyone give me insight on why his child would be named David Laird and not Irvine? Could it ...
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How did the surname Ormond originate?

I'm trying to understand how the surname Ormond originated. It is clustered primarily in South West Wales, Dublin and Angus in Scotland. In Dublin, the surname comes from a place name in East ...
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What is “braid Scotch”?

A family history mentions that a set of my ancestors in New Brunswick, CANADA, spoke "braid Scotch", but I cannot figure out what that is. There are only a few mentions of the phrase online, but they ...
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Belonging to Scottish Clan MacGregor?

If my great great grandmother was part of Clan MacGregor can I belong to the Clan aswell even though it's so far back? Not officially belong to the Clan but can I call myself a MacGregor?
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Finding British militia records?

According to Charles Ormond's marriage record (Church of Forfar, a Church of Scotland church) from 1804, he was a private in the 11th British militia. When did he begin military service and when did ...
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Why might I be unable to find a parish burial record?

I have been looking online for the death record of a Charles Ormond from Forfar born circa 1780. He was living in Prin Cottage, Forfar in 1841 but isn't present on the 1851 census, which shows his ...
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Looking for Alexander Ormond on 1861 census?

Looking for Alexander Ormond born in 1841 in Forfar on the 1861 census. I can't seem to find him or any of his immediate family for that matter. His mother's name was Jane/Jean Ormond (nee Peter). ...
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Identifying cause of death on Scottish record

I'm finding this handwriting hard to read here. I'm quite certain it ends in "-tysis" but the first few letters are difficult to decode. Does anyone know what the cause of death may be here? This is ...
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Finding Obituary from British Newspaper Archive?

I was searching family search for info on John Barclay Ormond and Elizabeth Cook and came across a notice from 1944, which is supposedly an obituary for Elizabeth sourced from the British Newspaper ...
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Reading illegible document from Scotland's People?

I recently started using Scotland's People, and the first article I am looking at is here and I find it completely illegible, perhaps due to scanning. Can anyone help me to read the information in ...
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Finding death record of Charles Brown Filshie born 1910 Gorbals, Lanarkshire, Scotland?

He married Eliza Ward in Sunderland Durham England in 1936, but she remarried in 1944 stating she was widowed. However the Glasgow register of 1945 has Charles Brown Filshie living with his brother ...
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Sources of guild records of cabinet-makers in Scotland around 1815-1830?

I'm looking for records concerning cabinet-making apprentices (particularly a Charles Frazer) around 1815-1830 in Scotland - particularly Aberdeen.
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Missing father for Mary Goldie born 1891?

I have a person in my family tree called Mary Goldie who was born in 1891 and I don't have her father. Her mothers name was also Mary Goldie. I have tried births but shes illegitimate and marriages ...
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Where to find Scottish birth records from 1905?

I'm using family search and also find my past at the moment as they're both free for me to use. I'm looking for the birth certificate of my great granddad Alexander Barclay Ormond born circa 1905 in ...
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Records of joiners in Glasgow and Edinburgh

What was the procedure for becoming a joiner in Glasgow and Edinburgh around 1840? Are there records of qualified joiners? Was it necessary to have already a relative in the trade to be accepted for ...
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Looking for marriage record for John Leiper b. 1881 in Kincardineshire, Scotland

John Leiper is my 2nd great grandfather. I would like to find his marriage record. I believe he married a lady called Margery or Margaret Eddison. My dad told me about her after doing some family ...
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Seeking birth record for Margery/Margaret Eddison b. abt 1879 in Scotland?

Margery (or possibly Margaret) Eddison is my 2nd great grandmother. Eddison is her maiden name. I have been unable to find her birth or any records for her. I know about her only because my dad told ...
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When and where did Mary Thomas b. abt 1793 in Port of Menteith, Dunbartonshire marry her (first) Hutcheson husband and what was his forename?

Who was the Hutcheson or Hutchison who could have married a Mary Thomas, possibly in Barony, Glasgow, Lanarkshire around 1810-1820? We now know that Mary died in Davidson, Tennessee in 1868. Some ...
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Using DNA to verify story of sailor from Spanish Armada being ancestor?

There has been a story in the familly that one of the sailors from the Armada was an ancestor, so for my Mothers Birthday I brought her a DNA testing kit. The results showed that she was 5% Spanish(...
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In 1963 were photos dated when processed or when taken?

I am searching for my biological mother. I was born in August 1963 in London, UK. I have found a possible half-sister through Ancestry.com.ca and she has sent me some photos. This person does not ...
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Was William Campbell both married and having another relationship?

William Campbell born 1816/1819 Creich, Sutherland, Scotland, was the husband of Elspeth Matheson (born 1820 Rogart, sutherland) and had 6 children and as far as I can ascertain had a relationship ...
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Locating information on John Megone from 1800's Ireland

I'm trying to location more information on my 4th great grandparents John Megone (born around 1817) and his wife Agnes Galbraith (born around 1822). I've hit a brick wall. I can tell from the 1861 ...
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Military Record is the first sign of existence

Are there any accessible records of missing persons in Scotland for the mid 19th Century? I ask as I have a brick wall with my Great Great Grandfather, David Brighton (1825-1891). The earliest ...
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Determining mother's former names on 1884 death certificate from Glasgow?

The cropped image below comes from the Death Certificate (dated 28 Aug 1884 at 127 Watt St, Glasgow Kinning Park) of my 4th great grandmother Mary Campbell who married Robert Clacher. The remainder ...
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Lunacy - what does it mean?

My 39 year old great great grandfather died of "lunacy" in 1845. He was married with two small children. He was a tailor. He lived in Leith, Edinburgh. What would or could be the meaning of "Lunacy" ...
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Was traditional Scottish naming pattern the same for Highlands, Lowlands and Ulster Scots?

I've recently started checking my Scottish ancestors' families against this traditional Scottish naming pattern: For sons: 1st Son = Father's Father 2nd Son = Mother's Father 3rd Son = Father ...
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Tracing an ancestor from Scotland back to Ireland?

I have a brick wall with Robert Ferrier born circa 1817 to David Ferrier and Margaret McLachlan. He died 15th May 1899 in Houston Renfrewshire. He married Flora McKay 12 July 1840 in Paisley. I have ...
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Confirming parentage of James Scott & Elizabeth Elliot (m.1820?) Burnfoot, Ewes?

How can I confirm parentage of James Scott & Elizabeth Elliot (m.1820?) Burnfoot, Ewes? Elizabeth Elliot may have been the illegitimate daughter 4th Earl Minto. She is my great-great-great ...
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Does “Mr” in a marriage record indicate a minister? (Or, did Rev James Nasmyth marry Lady Gordinstoun?)

I have been trying to find out more about my 6xgreat-grandfather, James Naismith or Nasmyth. He was the vicar of Kirkcolm in 1684 according to the Fasti Ecclestiaca Scotiana (FES), and indeed he was ...
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No first name on baptism record?

I'm looking at the indexed record of a Drumond, son of Walter Drumond and Jennat Mcneil, baptised 07 September 1732 in Drymen, Stirling, Scotland. This record strikes me as unusual, as there was no ...
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Inferring date of marriage from dates of marriage banns in Scotland?

This question is related to the answer from @vervet to Seeking marriage record for James Slight and Elizabeth Boyd from late 1820s probably near Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland? I am aware of a ...
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Seeking baptism record for William Slight, born ca 1832 near Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland?

I have mentioned my 3rd great grandfather William Slight before in Finding Edinburgh map engraver apprenticeship records of William Slight in 1840s? and Seeking marriage record for James Slight and ...
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In 17th century Scotland/Virginia, could a Jr. have a different name than his father?

According to all known records, John Burnett (b. Scotland 1610, d. Virginia 1686) had sons named John and Thomas. The will of John's widow, Lucretia, refers to "MY ELDEST SON JOHN BURNETT" and "my ...
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Locating 1861 British Passport Application for Robert Sillers?

My 3rd great grandfather Robert Sillars/Sellars/Sellers was baptised on 15 Oct 1830 at Dundonald, Ayr, Scotland and spent much of his adult life from about 1854 to about 1870 (when he died is unknown) ...
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Seeking birth record for John Shaw Mckay born 1915 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland

I can't find this guy anywhere in any of the sites I have searched, and I've searched a lot. He is in my tree as a memory from my Grandma (it's her father) but there is no proof of him anywhere.
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Is there list of apprenticeship types for FindMyPast record set called Britain, Country Apprentices 1710-1808?

A new set of records has come online at FindMyPast called Britain, Country Apprentices 1710-1808: What was your family trade? Discover your ancestor in the registers from the Board of Stamps. The ...