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The book 'The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783'' by David Dobson is also available on archive.org. Abbreviations are listed at the beginning of the book, but as you observed, VSP is not there. However, all those I checked whose entry included a 'VSP' reference arrived in Virginia, so I decided to check whether VSP might stand for ...


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While the exact diagnosis is almost certainly impossible without data from elsewhere that probably doesn't exist, we should at least attempt to see how the words were used at that time. Anyone familiar with UK censuses, will know that a number of them have in the final column, a question similar to "If (1) Deaf-and-Dumb, (2) Blind (3) Lunatic, Imbecile or ...


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Paralysis. Determining the underlying cause is pure speculation, but suffice it to say that the person had some sort of neurologic disorder. Causes could range from trauma to infectious or inflammatory disease, and everything in between. A useful source to identify causes of death on old death certificates is Antiquus Morbus. For paralysis, it states: Palsy....


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As it is a patronymically derived name ..."Robin's son", the likelihood of there being any single attributable geographic origin is very unlikely. Surname distribution maps derived from census information will show if it is more common in specific areas. The 1881 distribution data (http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/) would certainly seem to support your ...


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It appears to be: "Bankhead of Turfbeg" Turfbeg is a district to the north-east of the modern town, in roughly the same place as "Bankhead" on this snippet from an 1850 map by James Knox: Bankhead and Turfbeg can be seen in rather better detail in this snippet from the 1861 Ordnance survey map of Forfar:


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Your mention of missing persons in the 1850's means I could guess that you suspect he was born in the 1840's or slightly earlier, but it is unclear. As you don't mention the name we're unable to help with suggesting alternatives. For example, the Monair family I'm researching is often transcribed as McNair, and McNae is sometimes McRae. It's not just ...


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Unfortunately it isn't definite proof that he is, but equally does not rule him out either. DNA testing will be the only way of proving 100% and everything else will be about the weight of evidence. So objectively gathering as much as you can both for and against would be the way forward. Is John named on the birth certificate as McAllister or Strachan? ...


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The BNA has the death notice in the Dundee Courier on Tuesday 13 June 1944. It's rather brief: ORMOND. At Dundee, on June 11, 1944, John Barclay Ormond, of 115 West High St., Forfar, husband of Elizabeth Cook. Funeral private. The record was slightly harder to find due to poor automated character recognition in the article - a common enough problem on ...


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The answers, such as they are, are probably available only at Kew with the Muster Books and Pay Lists (that's one document produced every quarter, usually). See TNA Guide on Militia The problem is that these books are usually very thin on genealogical data so it may not be possible to distinguish 2 people with the same name. Tracking how long someone ...


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A ship's carpenter was responsible for building the hull of the ship, the masts, etc. Any type of carpenter (joiner) would be eligible for membership in a guild (of joiners), but would not be obligated to join. A journeyman means that they are beyond their apprenticeship and are free to work unsupervised and charge their own daily or weekly fees. He may or ...


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At the risk of further muddying the waters, “The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson” by James Stanier and John M’Arthur gives the following details of the life of Donald Campbell: Born 1764, the eldest son of Major Donald Campbell of Islay. Procured commission as Ensign in 74th Regiment of Highlanders at the age of 13 (!) and served as ensign and ...


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A brief overview can be found in the FamilySearch Wiki Article: Scotland Court Records under the section Divorces. For the period of this question, in the civil courts, divorces are granted by the Court of Sessions (since/from 1830). Surviving Scottish Court records are held at the National Archives of Scotland. It used to be difficult to find records ...


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I get both cynical and concerned about naming patterns. Concerned in case people use naming patterns to prove genealogy rather than genealogy to prove naming patterns. Cynical because my great grandfather was a Scot (Dundee but with ancestry coming from the edge of the Highlands in the Tay Valley) and in all the related families from north of the Border, I ...


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I can think of several cases where someone might be considered 'missing' and notices placed in newspapers. Cases would range from the criminal to the simple case where family moved and lost touch with one another. Newspapers ran 'Missing Friends' columns containing lists of people who had moved to e.g. Australia and fallen out of contact. Another common ...


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When I get stuck, I find it helpful to step back from where I am and review what I already have, starting over again as if the problem was completely new to me, and pretending that I am a complete beginner. One problem with studying family history, especially for those of us who have learned it by gathering records online, is that the big-box data providers ...


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First of all: the genetic makeup part of a DNA test result is fun, but isn't something that can be relied upon or ever provide 'proof', because it's based on the DNA reference groups and samples held by the company that made it. It's very much broad brush strokes. For tracing ancestors, the valuable evidence is obviously the DNA itself. It's very unlikely,...


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"Would an enlisted Royal Navy man marry onshore?" The only alternative that I can think of, is that he would be married by a Royal Navy Chaplain on board ship. The relevant National Archives (TNA) Piece appears to be RG 33/156 "H.M. Ships: Marriages solemised on board HM ships during 1842-1879". (See TNA Catalogue description). This appears to be only ...


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Details about Divorce in Scotland are to be found on the National Archives of Scotland (National Records of Scotland) web-site. However, it appears that the indexes are not on-line - "From 1830/5 to 1934, the printed general minute books of the court (CS17/1) lead to card indexes and bound indexes to the cases." This is then confirmed by the "Tracing" book ...


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On marriages in Britain, The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History notes several key points that dictated the age at which individuals married: [T]he great majority of the people of Britain remained unmarried until their mid-twenties. The proportion of males and females who married before the age of 20 was always low....The restrictions of ...


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This is the image from the source linked in your question: I retweeted your question during a chat today, and Fergus Smith at http://www.oldscottish.com/ kindly gave this answer (you can see from the conversation that Jane N Harris agrees): In C17th St Andrews, Mr implied magister i.e. master's degree rather than bachelor's. Your source confirms this ...


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I have found Scottish naming patterns to be a useful starting point in researching my ancestors in early North America - not proof, but a starting point for a line of inquiry in the absence of hard evidence. A kind of circumstantial evidence, it can help to create a working hypothesis, or support a conclusion in combination with a preponderance of other ...


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We can assume that your ancestor suffered from some kind of mental condition. Please see Lunatic (English Wikipedia). Given the poor state of psychiatric knowledge and care at this time, it will be hard to establish a modern diagnosis. Highly hypothetical: He was married, had children and a profession. This makes some life-long condition less likely. More ...


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This is probably going to take a bit of work. In general, it's best to start by trying to identify letter and word shapes according to what you know, and what you expect to be there, then move onto the unknowns. So you know you must have "Alexander Barclay Ormerod" somewhere, and that's actually fairly clear at the top of the second column. Other parts may ...


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What about the family of Jean Osment, with James, Alexander (19), Elizabeth and John? Anytime a whole family disappears, I look for common mistakes in the spelling of the last name. Parish: Forfar; ED: 11; Page: 3; Line: 14; Roll: CSSCT1861_42 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1861 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations ...


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My general advice on finding records in a particular area is in this answer: What records are available in a particular locale? My checklist looks like this: Learn what records might have been created in a particular time and place. Research which of those records might still exist, and which records are accessible to the public (not subject to ...


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There is technically no such thing as the Scotch language, although that term was used historically. It is more commonly referred to as the Scots language. Braid Scots (English broad Scots) is simply the vernacular (native dialect). This phrase alone does not localise the dialect within Scotland further. What the author probably meant was: they could ...


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The Scotlandspeople site only holds parish registers for the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, and a few other Presbyterian churches. The records of many other denominations are held by National Records of Scotland, but these are not yet available to search online and you either need to visit their office in Edinburgh, or hire ...


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One of the pitfalls of being self-taught when you're doing genealogy research (as I was when first starting out) is that you can pick up bad habits from using tools like hints which are intended to 'make things easier'. Beginners are shown how to match up people by name, and age and place, and unless you are watching a demonstration specifically about ...


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