Saturday, February 23, 2013

Could this be my Great Great Great Grandparents?

My cousin has a suitcase of photos relating to the Scott family.  Unfortunately most of them are not dated or named.  As I gather more information and photos from family members, I have been able to identify many of these unnamed photos but the majority remain unknown.

The photo below was in the suitcase.

Could this be Catherine Glass and Adam Bisset Scott with their son Donald Scott?
Possibly taken before Donald came to Australia in 1852, age 23?
The kilt indicates that the photo is Scottish.  The younger man seems to be wearing a military outfit.  However I cannot find  a record of Donald ever serving in the military.

The couple appear very well dressed and wealthy.  The lady is wearing at least 3 rings, 4 solid looking bracelets, a necklace and a brooch.  The older man is also wearing a wedding ring.

Adam Bisset Scott, who died in 1872, was a tailor and owned at least 3 properties in Edinburgh (Leith).  One of these properties was 3 flats on one title.  Therefore it seems that the Scott's in Scotland were wealthy, which fits with the photo.  No other family members were wealthy!

There is only one other known photo of Donald Scott, which was taken in Australia in approximately 1890, when Donald was 61. 

Mary Ann Scott, Warrick, Donald Scott, Tom Scott, Jane Scott, Eliza Scott, Elsie Scott, Christian Scott, William Scott
Mary Ann (Polly) and Donald Scott with their children -
Tom, Jane, Eliza, Elsie, Christian and William

Could this possibly be the same person?

I then overlay the photos

The eyes, nose and mouth line up and the ears seem to also, even though the faces are on a slightly different angle.  The shoulders are wrong though.  The older man does not have a visible neck. Could this just be the suit and angle?

Wishful thinking perhaps?  What do you think?

Is there anyone who can help me with identifying the tartan kit and uniform or the time frame of the top photo from clothing?

This weeks theme is unknown photos.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

My top 10 things to do from the 3rd Genealogy Cruise

I am hopeful of breaking down some brick walls from the information and knowledge gained on the 3rd Unlock the Past genealogy cruise.

Jill (Geniaus), Helen (From Helen V Smith's keyboard), Louis (Behold Genealogy)Alona (Lone tester HQ)Linda (Mad about Genealogy), Lee-anne (Pear Tree Cottage) and Shauna (Diary of an Australian Genealogist) have already written blogs about their time on the genealogy cruise.  Unfortunately I had difficulty getting connected to the internet while on board and when it did connect, it was so slow that I gave up.

It is going to be a very busy few days of researching as I have a page of "things to do" and revisit.

The top 10 things on my list (in no particular order);

1.  Review the catalogues and research guides for various websites (Public Records Offices, Archives, Scotlands People, Family Search, Find my Past, Ancestry etc).  This might sound very basic but I have tended to jump in and start searching immediately but several presenters pointed out that there is alot more material available, including search tips to enhance research. Additionally missing records will be highlighted, perhaps showing why I cannot locate a particular ancestor. Sometimes we forget the benefits of going back to basics

For example, a search on Denbighshire, Wales in the catalogue of shows the resources and records, which are available (and therefore those records that are not available).

2.  Search for the deaths of my missing Scottish female ancestors by maiden name rather than married name.  I didn't realise that females retained their maiden name in Scottish records. Additionally many names in Scotland are interchangeable so I will search again by both names eg. Donald/Daniel, Grizel/Grace, Peter/Patrick, Jean/Jane, Elizabeth/Isabel, Nancy/Agnes and ensure that I am using the "Wildcard" option.

3.  Search the Scottish Valuation rolls and Irish Land records (landlords and tenants).

4.  Further research on my Scottish ancestors based on the naming patterns often used by the Scottish
     1st son - Father's father
     1st daughter - Mother's mother
     2nd son - Mother's father
     2nd daughter - Father's mother
     3rd son and daughter - after parents
Back to my first point, I today found that if I had previously read the information contained in Scotlands People then I would already have known this!

I have been using Scotlands People for years but Jan Gow highlighted some very useful tips and hints, including that searches in Scotlands People can be converted to an Excel spreadsheet and then results sorted by name.  This will enable me to keep an alphabetic list of all searches completed previously to avoid duplication (and paying extra money for searches that have already been done).

5.  Purchase the Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers, showing the location of both the new and old parishes in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Additionally, it shows the location of original registers and those that have been indexed.

6.  Write to the relevant County Archives in UK to see if they hold Workhouse Admission, Settlement or Removal Records for my missing ancestors.

Paul Milner and Linda Elliott both suggested this as a method to breakdown my brickwalls.  From what I understand, the parish of birth was responsible for the welfare of the citizens even if they moved to another parish.  If a person moved parishes, they would need a certificate from their birth parish, which was provided to the parish of residence.  Therefore records may be held by both parishes.

7.  Write to the National Library of Wales to hopefully obtain copies of Wills and Probates for my Jones ancestors (wish me luck).  Paul Milner advised that the Wills and Probates have all been indexed but are not yet online.

8.  Obtain a qualification in genealogy and speak to my local history group about potentially presenting seminars to beginners in the area.  I have been thinking about it for some time but Helen's enthusiasm convinced me to make a start on studies now.  Jan Gow also encouraged me to join Toast Masters to enhance my confidence and public speaking ability.

9.  Look into DNA Genealogical Testing.  This was an interesting topic discussed at the dinner table.

10.  Retire my old scanner for the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner.  I had been concerned about the stitching but Jill, together with the examples of scanned documents, convinced me of the benefits.  No more lugging my laptop and large scanner when I visit relatives to scan photos and documents.

My cousin and I climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge prior to getting on Voyager of the Seas (in the background)
I am definitely interested in attending a future cruise. The proposed 2015 cruise is looking good to me!